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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.

September 1, 2018

After purchasing the Como’s space at 22812 Woodward Avenue at Nine Mile Road in Ferndale, its new owners, the Peas and Carrots Hospitality Group, knew it would be a long time before they would be able to open the restaurant again. So they decided to start FOMO, a patio...

September 1, 2018

Big Rock Chophouse of Birmingham owners Norman and Bonnie LePage recently announced Eric Voigt would be taking over as executive chef and Bill Morales will be their new executive sous chef. Both chefs have worked at the restaurant – located at 245 S. Eton Stre...

September 1, 2018

There’s been much anticipation and Chili Mustard Onions – Detroit’s first vegan coney island – has finally opened. Located at 3411 Brush Street, the restaurant opened August 1, according to their Facebook page and they have been kept busy. During their first two days of serv...

September 1, 2018

When Lea and Kyle Hunt leased the entire building at 1454 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, they knew they would eventually do something with the second floor. Now that the restaurant on the first floor, Gather, is up and running, they are turning what they had been using as an...

September 1, 2018

Brandon Zarb’s day-to-day is about to look a lot different. The former executive chef of Public House and Imperial in Ferndale started his new job at Rising Stars Academy in Centerline in August, leaving behind the kitchens he had spent the last three years in. “I...

September 1, 2018

Some things are serendipitous, like the opening of Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters’s Royal Oak location, following their popular Rochester and Detroit spots. They had originally planned on adding a third location further down the line but then they saw the space at 115 S. Main...

September 1, 2018

Detroit Taco Company – located at 304 N. Main Street, Royal Oak – is about to expand to a second location, four-and-a-half miles up the road in Troy. Owner Jeffrey Omtvedt said they are hoping for a soft opening in September, with a grand opening the following month at the T...

September 1, 2018

Sushi may be an ancient delicacy, but business partners Bruce Cobb and Steve Campbell are hoping to make it a little more fun at Blu Bar Sushi, 31225 Southfield Road in Beverly Hills, slated to open in September. While they will offer more traditional rolls, their...

August 1, 2018

The Ford-Peabody Mansion – located at 325 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham – is in the mist of a makeover and will soon house Adachi, a traditional and authentic Japanese restaurant. Adachi’s owner Kenny Koza partnered with chef and restaurateur Michael Schlow to fine tune t...

August 1, 2018

After the success of their Plymouth Township location, Cantoro Italian Market and Trattoria has opened a second restaurant in Troy, Cantoro Italian Trattoria, and so far the new location is off to a busy start. Located in the former Tre Monti space at 1695 E. Big Beaver...

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