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Birmingham, Michigan

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

January 30, 2020

This winter, Townhouse – both the Birmingham, 180 Pierce Street, and Detroit, 500 Woodward Avenue, locations – underwent some of the largest menu changes they’ve had in years. “We typically go big or go home, as far as all of our restaurants are concerned,” said Erin Zupicic...

January 30, 2020

The grand opening of Seven Daughters – a new cafe and coffee roasting spot at 163 W. Maple Road, in downtown Birmingham – may not be set until May, but Maryam Razak hopes to open the doors as early as late February for guests to enjoy their first sips. Seven Daughters –named...

January 30, 2020

When Black Lotus Brewing Company closed in October of last year, husband and wife Tyler and Andrea Williams kept having conversations about what they thought should go into the space at 1 E. 14 Mile, Clawson. Flash forward – and they are now preparing for a late spring/early...

January 30, 2020

Inside 70 W. Alexandrine Street, Detroit, there’s build-your-own poke bowls and burritos, as well as sushi doughnuts, sushi pizza, and sushi corn dogs. Yes, you read that right – sushi corn dogs. The latest expansion from the Atlanta chain, Poke Burri, opened in December in...

January 30, 2020

In December, Beaumont Hospital’s Woodward Corners gained New Order Coffee Roasters at 30955 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak. This is the first suburban location for the cafe, which is also in midtown Detroit. CEO Elizabeth Rose is excited about not only the opening but their coll...

January 30, 2020

John Hanselman and the team behind the recently opened Essen on Main – 205 S. Main Street, Royal Oak – are doing something not often seen in the area, having their restaurant focus solely on breakfast and lunch. European cuisine, primarily French and German, is on the menu,...

January 2, 2020

Only open since September, Pernoi – 310 E. Maple Road, Birmingham – has recently encountered some behind-the-scenes turbulence. Michelin-star chef, and restaurant partner, Takashi Yagihashi left the Birmingham restaurant to focus on his restaurants in Chicago. Pernoi partner...

January 2, 2020

For the team behind The Alechemy Room – 22646 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale – opening a coffee shop that also had a taproom, along with the recent addition of a full absinthe menu, was a no-brainer. “It’s something I don’t think we see very often,” said David Leslie, operational...

January 2, 2020

Newly formed Nest Egg Hospitality Group opened its first establishment, Mink, around Thanksgiving. Located at 1701 Trumbull Avenue in Detroit’s Corktown, the space only has 20 seats, but executive chef Cameron Rolka said that’s part of its appeal. “I think it brings a differ...

January 2, 2020

Mootz Pizzeria + Bar – 1230 Library Street in downtown Detroit – launched some big menu changes in December, adding items like the Bee Sting Pizza (topped with soppressata, mozzarella, basil and hot honey), a Buffalo Chicken Pizza, multiple hoagies, and pizza fries, which so...

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