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Women power

The four women of Nest Egg LLC have huge plans for Corktown. First for the quartet – Ping Ho, owner of the Royce and Marrow; Sarah Welch, Marrow executive chef and partner; and Folk and Farmer’s Hand co-owners Kiki Louya and Rohani Foulkes – is a beverage program with alcohol being launched at Folk, created by Ho. Next is the closing of Farmer’s Hand (which will return) so it can become Mink – 1701 Trumbull Avenue, Detroit – where Welch will serve as director of operations (and still cook at Marrow) and the kitchen will be run by Cameron Rolka, Marrow sous chef. “We’re kind of treating it like Detroit’s waiting room,” Welch said about Mink, which hopefully will open in September. “We’re aiming to be a place you can go before or after dinner. Or a place you can stop into for light apps and wine.” The menu will offer an array of small plates with a focus on seafood and wine, beer, and sake in the intimate 400-square-foot space, which will seat 20. It’s all being done under Backbone Hospitality, a new hospitality group owned by Ho that Welch said will allow them to pool their resources together and create a system all the companies can use for things like hiring and training staff.

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