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Metro Intelligencer is a periodic column about the vibrant and changing restaurant/dining scene in the metro Detroit area, reported/written by Dana Casadei.

October 24, 2019

Throughout October at BESA – 600 Woodward Avenue, in downtown Detroit – diners probably noticed some changes to the dinner menu. Actually, all of the dinner menu has been transformed. The lunch menu is also changing, just at a slightly slower pace.“What we wanted to do was p...

October 24, 2019

Just shy of their one-year mark, Birmingham’s Hazel, Ravines and Downtown launched a new fall menu. Said menu – coming from co-owners Beth Hussey and Executive Chef Emmele Herrold — has additions like shrimp toast, cauliflower steak, smoked pork chop with corn pudding, and A...

October 24, 2019

In early 2020, Green Dot Stables owners Jacques and Christine Driscoll – along with managing partner Niko Dimitrijevic – will turn on the lights and fryers at a new joint located at 14447 E. Jefferson, Detroit. Yellow Light Coffee & Donuts will specialize in what it’s name s...

October 24, 2019

People really like the bacon at Savant, which opened in late September at 51 W. Forest Avenue, in Midtown Detroit. Like, really love it. “We have a review on Yelp that says we ruined every other bacon experience ever,” laughed Dana Taucher, general manager. The infamous baco...

October 24, 2019

A handful of restaurants from past columns have finally opened. There’s the plant-focused menu at Magnet, at 4848 Grand River in Detroit, from Top Young Hospitality, the team behind Takoi. Chef Eve Aronoff’s second location of Frita Batidos already has lines around the block...

September 26, 2019

On September 10, the very highly anticipated Pernoi – 310 E. Maple Road, Birmingham – finally opened its doors. Once inside, guests found multiple dining experiences offered at the restaurant, owned by acclaimed chefs Luciano DelSignore and Takashi Yagihashi. There’s the Map...

September 26, 2019

James Beard Award-winning chef Shawn McClain and his hospitality group, McClain Camarota Hospitality, know the views from the top of the GM Renaissance Center – in the former Coach Insignia location – are spectacular. It’s part of why they wanted to introduce four concepts t...

September 26, 2019

Pizza aficionados have a new joint to look forward to as Green Lantern Pizza has plans to open up its seventh location this November in Berkley. Located at 4033 12 Mile Road, the pizzeria, which has been family-owned and operated since 1955, will have a similar decor and alm...

September 26, 2019

With his restaurant looking to open by mid-November, how is Gary Mui feeling? “Very scared and very excited,” laughed Mui, co-owner of the upcoming Alma Kitchen with Alicia Sanchez. Filled with art deco elements the restaurant – “alma” means “soul” in the kitchen – will open...

September 26, 2019

Over the next six months big changes are coming to the Jim Brady’s Detroit menu, thanks to their new chef, Christian Borden. Being done in four stages – with five dishes being executed at a time – Borden said they plan to change the entire core menu at 1214 S. Main Street, R...

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