March 09, 2018

29 new restaurants coming to the Detroit area this spring

It’s almost spring, which means a whole new crop of hot restaurants will be blooming before we know it. Whether they’re cute little concepts pushing authentic Polish food or “Wes Anderson-inspired” burger joints — these new kids on the block all have something unique to offer and we can’t wait to try them.

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 Wilda’s 
6585 Woodward Ave., Detroit  
Lucy Peters, a former partner at Rose's Fine Food is expected to open her New Center gem in late spring. The name comes from her great-grandmother and fare will include “everyday food” breakfast, lunch, and dinner comfort foods. “We want it to be a very accessible neighborhood restaurant where you can eat a couple times a week and not break the bank," she tells Metro Times. Peters is partnering with Sopheana Duch and sought after chefs Max and Eli Sussman to make this 2,200 square foot dream come true. 
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Wilda’s
6585 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Lucy Peters, a former partner at Rose's Fine Food is expected to open her New Center gem in late spring. The name comes from her great-grandmother and fare will include “everyday food” breakfast, lunch, and dinner comfort foods. “We want it to be a very accessible neighborhood restaurant where you can eat a couple times a week and not break the bank," she tells Metro Times. Peters is partnering with Sopheana Duch and sought after chefs Max and Eli Sussman to make this 2,200 square foot dream come true.
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 Chili Mustard Onions 
411 Brush St., Detroit; 313-778-6581  
Ever heard of a vegan coney island? Well, Chili Mustard Onions may well be the first. This highly anticipated Brush Park establishment intends on opening its doors Sunday, April 1. Chef/co-owner Pete LaCombe, aka "Vegan Chef Pete," says to expect everything one might find at a standard coney island along with some items not traditionally on a coney menu. But all dishes will be meat- and animal-product free. The menu even totes a vegan big mac called the “Big Mock.” The first of its kind in the city the space intends to expand its drink menu this summer to feature craft beer, wine, and cocktails. 
Photo via Facebook, Chili Mustard Onions
Chili Mustard Onions
411 Brush St., Detroit; 313-778-6581
Ever heard of a vegan coney island? Well, Chili Mustard Onions may well be the first. This highly anticipated Brush Park establishment intends on opening its doors Sunday, April 1. Chef/co-owner Pete LaCombe, aka "Vegan Chef Pete," says to expect everything one might find at a standard coney island along with some items not traditionally on a coney menu. But all dishes will be meat- and animal-product free. The menu even totes a vegan big mac called the “Big Mock.” The first of its kind in the city the space intends to expand its drink menu this summer to feature craft beer, wine, and cocktails.
Photo via Facebook, Chili Mustard Onions
 Folk  
1701 Trumbull, Detroit; 313-290-5849  
The Farmers Hand duo, Kiki Louya and Rohani Foulkes expanded their flagship store into a full fledged cafe. Known for their all-Michigan-made stock, the new spot is a cafe specializing in made-from-scratch items like quiche and meat pies, along with all day breakfast, hearty brunch, and lunch options. The small shop Corktown serves Hyperion coffee and herbal tea. 
Photo via Facebook, Folk Detroit
Folk
1701 Trumbull, Detroit; 313-290-5849
The Farmers Hand duo, Kiki Louya and Rohani Foulkes expanded their flagship store into a full fledged cafe. Known for their all-Michigan-made stock, the new spot is a cafe specializing in made-from-scratch items like quiche and meat pies, along with all day breakfast, hearty brunch, and lunch options. The small shop Corktown serves Hyperion coffee and herbal tea.
Photo via Facebook, Folk Detroit
 Marrow 
8044 Kercheval Ave., Detroit  
This butcher shop and restaurant is set to open its doors this summer in West Village. The eatery will be run by former Republic and Parks & Rec chef Sarah Welch and its focus will be on local, sustainable meats, and a deli counter at which customers can choose from a seasonal menu of snacks, small plates, and main course dishes. The space features 70 indoor seats and a large outdoor patio seating approximately 40-plus guests. This style restaurant is the second of it kind in the city following the opening of Prime + Proper in 2017. 
Photo via Facebook, Marrow
Marrow
8044 Kercheval Ave., Detroit
This butcher shop and restaurant is set to open its doors this summer in West Village. The eatery will be run by former Republic and Parks & Rec chef Sarah Welch and its focus will be on local, sustainable meats, and a deli counter at which customers can choose from a seasonal menu of snacks, small plates, and main course dishes. The space features 70 indoor seats and a large outdoor patio seating approximately 40-plus guests. This style restaurant is the second of it kind in the city following the opening of Prime + Proper in 2017.
Photo via Facebook, Marrow
 Poppies  
1400 Van Dyke, Detroit  
The second space for Rose’s Fine Food owner Molly Mitchell is expected to open in June. The name comes from the national flower of Poland: a poppy. Inspired by her Polish heritage, the cuisine will follow suit using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients such as pickles, sausages, mustard, and, you guessed it, pierogies. The 1,600 square foot space holds a much larger kitchen than Rose’s, which is intended to increase the production of infamous baked goods for Mitchell’s first restaurant. Poppies will feature a full bar serving lunch and dinner. This is one of many restaurants popping up in this West Village neighbourhood. 
Photo via Metro Times
Poppies
1400 Van Dyke, Detroit
The second space for Rose’s Fine Food owner Molly Mitchell is expected to open in June. The name comes from the national flower of Poland: a poppy. Inspired by her Polish heritage, the cuisine will follow suit using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients such as pickles, sausages, mustard, and, you guessed it, pierogies. The 1,600 square foot space holds a much larger kitchen than Rose’s, which is intended to increase the production of infamous baked goods for Mitchell’s first restaurant. Poppies will feature a full bar serving lunch and dinner. This is one of many restaurants popping up in this West Village neighbourhood.
Photo via Metro Times
 Drifter Coffee 
780 Woodward Heights, Ferndale  
Drifter Coffee is the brainchild of a local barista and entrepreneurial student Alleah Webb. Since hitting the roads of southeast Michigan in 2015, Drifter Coffee has been caffeinating Detroiters out of the window of their Serro Scotty Guacho camper. Webb has announced she will be parking the business in Ferndale where she intends to transform the 1,600 square foot space in a green house style with neutral colors and lots of natural light. Expect espresso drinks and kombucha on the menu as well as lunch foods. Hoping to open in late May or June.
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Drifter Coffee
780 Woodward Heights, Ferndale
Drifter Coffee is the brainchild of a local barista and entrepreneurial student Alleah Webb. Since hitting the roads of southeast Michigan in 2015, Drifter Coffee has been caffeinating Detroiters out of the window of their Serro Scotty Guacho camper. Webb has announced she will be parking the business in Ferndale where she intends to transform the 1,600 square foot space in a green house style with neutral colors and lots of natural light. Expect espresso drinks and kombucha on the menu as well as lunch foods. Hoping to open in late May or June.
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 Lovers Only 
34 Grand River Ave., Detroit   
Thankfully, you won't have to wait for this locally-owned burger joint to open. Restauranteur Eli Boyer, the man who brought us Ferndale’s Voyager, opened his new Capitol Park restaurant on March 9. The space features a walk-up window and a modern interior open for lunch, dinner, and drinks. 
Photo via Facebook, Lovers Only
Lovers Only
34 Grand River Ave., Detroit
Thankfully, you won't have to wait for this locally-owned burger joint to open. Restauranteur Eli Boyer, the man who brought us Ferndale’s Voyager, opened his new Capitol Park restaurant on March 9. The space features a walk-up window and a modern interior open for lunch, dinner, and drinks.
Photo via Facebook, Lovers Only
 Castalia  
3980 2nd Ave., Detroit; 313-305-1442  
Husband-and-wife duo Kevin Peterson and Jane Larson are about to change the craft cocktail game. Introducing Castalia, the world’s first scented cocktail bar. The lounge will offer “fragrant cocktails” based on the brand’s eight signature perfumes. By day the store will serve as a retail establishment, but at night it will convert into an intimate craft cocktail lounge where a pair of mixologists will whip up the unusual drinks. The bar is currently open for ticketed events, and will open permanently some time in late March.
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Castalia
3980 2nd Ave., Detroit; 313-305-1442
Husband-and-wife duo Kevin Peterson and Jane Larson are about to change the craft cocktail game. Introducing Castalia, the world’s first scented cocktail bar. The lounge will offer “fragrant cocktails” based on the brand’s eight signature perfumes. By day the store will serve as a retail establishment, but at night it will convert into an intimate craft cocktail lounge where a pair of mixologists will whip up the unusual drinks. The bar is currently open for ticketed events, and will open permanently some time in late March.
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 Cork and Gabel
2415 Michigan Ave., Detroit  
This Corktown joint will serve comfort dishes made with the flavors of Ireland, Germany, and Italy. With locally sourced ingredients and produce, this restaurant will serve unique gourmet-style dishes and original recipes. The menu is divided into two categories: Light Weights and Heavy Weights. In the first you’ll find affordable prices and small dishes like the Crispy Braised Chicken Wings and the Life of Potatoes. The Heavy Weights category is pricier and has more flavors incorporated into dishes like Lamb Bolognese with house-made Rye Pasta. The bar will offer a seasonal wine list and a selection of finer bourbon, whiskey, and scotch. 
Photo via website
Cork and Gabel
2415 Michigan Ave., Detroit
This Corktown joint will serve comfort dishes made with the flavors of Ireland, Germany, and Italy. With locally sourced ingredients and produce, this restaurant will serve unique gourmet-style dishes and original recipes. The menu is divided into two categories: Light Weights and Heavy Weights. In the first you’ll find affordable prices and small dishes like the Crispy Braised Chicken Wings and the Life of Potatoes. The Heavy Weights category is pricier and has more flavors incorporated into dishes like Lamb Bolognese with house-made Rye Pasta. The bar will offer a seasonal wine list and a selection of finer bourbon, whiskey, and scotch.
Photo via website
 Willis Show Bar 
4156 Third Ave., Detroit; 313-788-show  
Detroit Optimist Society owner Dave Kwiatkowski (Sugar House, Bad Luck Bar, Wright & Co.) is set to revive this 1940s spot for live entertainment and jazz. The 75-seat bar space is looking to host ticketed events with live music, DJs, dancers, and comedians. Expect jazz, blues, soul, and other entertainment appropriate.  Drinks are expected to follow in theme of the buildings first life. 
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Willis Show Bar
4156 Third Ave., Detroit; 313-788-show
Detroit Optimist Society owner Dave Kwiatkowski (Sugar House, Bad Luck Bar, Wright & Co.) is set to revive this 1940s spot for live entertainment and jazz. The 75-seat bar space is looking to host ticketed events with live music, DJs, dancers, and comedians. Expect jazz, blues, soul, and other entertainment appropriate. Drinks are expected to follow in theme of the buildings first life.
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