The Detroit food scene has had a great 2017. The James Beard nominated Katoi came back from a devastating fire, reborn as Takoi. Two downtown barcades, Offworld Arcade and Ready Player One, already look to be huge hits and bring an alternative entertainment option to the entertainment districts. The next few years appear to be just as exciting for new eating and drinking locales in the city with a Belgian-style brewery, authentic Italian eateries, and a ceviche-slinging South American-inspired restaurant all set to open. Read on for ten exciting new projects coming to Detroit in the next few years.
- Amore Da Roma – Eastern Market – early November
- A remake of the recently shuttered Roma Cafe that offered authentic Italian food to Eastern Market for 127 years. The former executive chef of Roma Cafe and now-owner of Amore Da Roma has kept the same menu and most of the staff but is planning to spend $125,000 on building renovations.
- Detroit Sip – Bagley – November 18
- Located in the Bagley neighborhood between University of Detroit-Mercy and Marygrove College, the coffee shop plans to anchor revitalization efforts in the area while offering a community space and coffee and espresso drinks utilizing beans from Germack and Ashe Supply Co.
- Bolero Latin Cuisine – Midtown – early December-
- A South American eatery from the owners of Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine, Bolero will offer cuisine from ceviche to paella to shredded duck empanadas, Argentinean and Chilean wines, Peruvian pisco, mojitos, and sangria.
- Second Best Bar – Brush Park – spring
- The group behind Grey Ghost is creating a more informal drinking spot in Brush Park including a menu with bar snacks and sandwiches among staple cocktails and beers. Flatscreen TVs, shuffleboard, and garage doors will fill the former Heidelberg Project headquarters.
- SheWolf Pastificio & Bar – Midtown – early 2018
- Roman pasta restaurant featuring carbonara, amatriciana, and cacio e pepe made fresh in a viewing room in the 3,300 sq. ft. restaurant on the ground floor of The Selden development. Italian wines, vermouths, and spritzer cocktails offered at the bar.
- Loverboy – Downtown – early 2018
- A classic burger, shake, and fries joint coming to Capitol Park with seating for 85 and additional patio seating planned. “Michigan grass-fed beef, fresh-cut fries and homemade ice cream shakes” coming in early 2018.
- Cannelle Coffee & Pastries – Downtown – 2018
- An expansion from Birmingham’s Cannelle Patisserie, the Capitol Park location will offer the same breads, pastries, cookies, and desserts like tiramisu and macarons as the original location with interior seating for 25 and patio seating for 20. Located across from Urban Bean Co. and Loverboy.
- Barcade and North Cookshop – Midtown – late fall 2018
- Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based Barcade is bringing arcade games and craft beer to Cass Corridor. It will share a building with a brewers training program and North Cookshop, an Up North-themed restaurant featuring “wood-fired pizza, meats cooked over cherry wood, salads, and artisan sandwiches.”
- Brewery Faisan – Islandview – early 2019
- A Belgian-style brewery will grow into a 9,000 sq. ft. facility close to Belle Isle. While there’s still a bit of work to do, the brewery hopes to open by early 2019.
- Stone Soap Building food hall – East Riverfront – 2020
- The soon-to-be-redeveloped Stone Soap Building will house a “European-style, open market” in the East Riverfront area that will see massive redevelopment efforts in the next few years. Residential units, condos, and a performing arts space will also be included in the historic building.
By Jared Hoffman
Research Associate, JMJ Phillip Group