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Food and film adventure

Add a movie theater, full bar, and local pop-ups and you’ve got the trifecta for Film Lab, founded by Josh Gardner and Lara Sfire at 3105 Holbrook Avenue, Hamtramck. Since their October opening, things have been going great according to the duo. While the movies play a large part in the experience – they have a line-up of new and classic world cinema mixed with cult classics – one can’t ignore the food and drinks offered. Gardner said there are two draft cocktails, and six more, all named after films, like the bourbon-based Dead Ringers. There’s also speciality cocktails paired with films shown, like the Bloody Mary specials during their Bloody Sundays series, and Bowie’s Bite (tequila and Campari with vampire gummy bears) they served during Davie Bowie’s “The Hunger.” Film Lab – yes, there’s movie theater popcorn — has worked with a handful of local pop-ups like Gajiza Dumplings, Spacecat V-stro, and OMNIEats, the latter which will return in December. Films for the month include a Stanley Kubrick retrospective, and holiday programming like the French film, “Dial Code Santa Claus.” Over the next year-and-a-half, Sfire said they are expanding upstairs, adding two more theaters and a fuller kitchen. ­Metro Intelligencer is a monthly column devoted to news stories, tidbits and gossip items about what's happening on the restaurant scene in the metro Detroit area. Metro Intelligencer is reported/created each month by Dana Casadei who can be reached at with news items or tips, on or off the record.

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