Fire ravages iconic Detroit eatery

The iconic Traffic Jam and Snug, established in 1965, caught fire early in the morning hours of May 27. The fire devastated the establishment but fortunately, nobody was injured. The eatery is known throughout Midtown Detroit for their in-house bakery, microbrewery, dairy, eclectic menu and curiously intimate multi-level dining rooms. On December 18, 1992, after a decade-long legal battle, Traffic Jam became the first brew-pub in the state of Michigan, paving the way for other brew pubs in the state. Traffic Jam and Snug is located at 511 W. Canfield Street – the same street as The Jolly Pumpkin, Shinola and Third Man Records, which is owned by Detroit musician Jack White. White immediately took to Twitter to express his concern. “Such sad news. The Cass Corridor institution, Traffic Jam and Snug Restaurant suffers a total loss fire. My heart and support goes out to them and their workers for this loss,” he said. As to the question of when and if the eatery will open again, Traffic Jam’s last post on Facebook said they are taking it “inch by inch...one step at a time.”

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