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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.

January 2, 2020

For chef Jared Gadbaw, coming up with a name for his upcoming Detroit restaurant, Oak and Reel, was rather difficult. “It was easier naming my children than it was coming up with a name for this,” laughed the Michigan native. “Oak” comes from the wood they’ll be using in the...

January 2, 2020

It might officially be winter in Michigan but Longboard – 21931 Michigan Avenue, Suite 100, Dearborn — wants you to forget the snow and focus on the beach. Open since late November, the interior of the 8,000-square-foot space features surfboards, bright colors, and a bar tha...

January 2, 2020

Looking for a reset at the beginning of the year? Beyond Juice has you covered with their recently launched meal replacement program, The Reboot. Elliot Disner, who handles business development for the company, said the Reboot is a one-day program and sold one day at a time,...

January 2, 2020

The last year was full of new restaurants and bars coming to the area, but there were also lots of closures throughout 2019 that you may have missed. A few restaurants had very short runs, such as Cantoro Trattoria Troy, 1695 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy; Katsu Japanese, 5063 Tr...

November 26, 2019

For those looking for a traditional steakhouse – think white table cloths, jazz playing in the background, and prime cuts of beef – look no further than No. Six Prime, 27000 S. Karevich Drive, Novi, in the former home of No. VI Chophouse. General Manager Tony Amann said whil...

November 26, 2019

Israeli Tal Sasson came to America with a dream: to own a restaurant and cook for friends. The first step of his journey began with the Pita Post food truck, which is often seen at festivals, during lunchtimes at office complexes and in downtown Detroit, and is often hired f...

November 26, 2019

In the former home of the short-lived Izakaya Katsu came a new restaurant in November with a similar concept, BASH Original Izakaya, at 5063 Trumbull Avenue near Warren in Detroit. Co-owner Harold Kim, who also co-owns Izakaya Sanpei in Canton, said the decor only needed a f...

November 26, 2019

The brunch menu at The Morrie Birmingham –  260 N. Old Woodward – just launched but Aaron F. Belen, of AFB Hospitality Group, already has a favorite dish – their chicken and waffles. “That dish is amazing,” he said. “I think we do that really, really well, and everybody is b...

November 26, 2019

When guests go to the recently opened Hammer and Nail, 3800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, they’ll find a mid-century vibe and a cocktail menu with drinks from the 1950s and 1960s. David Di Rita, founder of the Roxbury Group, knows these cocktails didn’t taste the best when they...

November 26, 2019

As of November 1, a new winter menu rolled out at The Republic Tavern, 1942 Grand River Avenue, Detroit. Chef Matt Baldridge – who worked closely with his staff, local farmers, and artisans to create the menu – said that the roasted orata, stout braised elk, and barbecue car...

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