November 20, 2020

50 Detroit-area restaurants that we said goodbye to in 2020

Draw a bath, cue up the Sarah McLachlan, and grab a pint of ice cream because we are seriously bumming about not being able to dine at some of these metro Detroit restaurants that made the difficult decision to close this year. While many of these shuttered establishments were unable to weather the financial crisis of the coronavirus pandemic, others had issues with landlords and leases, and some just needed to move on. Regardless, we tip our hat to these eateries that kept us caffeinated, fed, and boozed-up throughout the years. I will remember you...

 

 

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Kruse & Muer Roadhouse
801 S Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion 
Both COVID-19 and construction surrounding the Lake Orion outpost of Kruse & Muer are among the reasons for the Roadhouse’s closure, according to an email sent by the restaurant group in October. While other locations will remain open, the Lake Orion location was sold to a former Kruse & Muer team member and his wife with plans to relocate their restaurant in Port Huron to the befallen Roadhouse space. 
Photo via Google Maps

Kruse & Muer Roadhouse

801 S Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion
Both COVID-19 and construction surrounding the Lake Orion outpost of Kruse & Muer are among the reasons for the Roadhouse’s closure, according to an email sent by the restaurant group in October. While other locations will remain open, the Lake Orion location was sold to a former Kruse & Muer team member and his wife with plans to relocate their restaurant in Port Huron to the befallen Roadhouse space.
Photo via Google Maps
Briggs Detroit
519 E. Jefferson, Detroit
This Detroit sports bar staple closed quietly this year. Known for their inclusive programming (they hosted screenings of RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as live sporting events) and, well, beer, Briggs’ former digs will reopen as a seafood restaurant, Sloppy Crab, in 2021.
Photo via Briggs Detroit/Facebook

Briggs Detroit

519 E. Jefferson, Detroit
This Detroit sports bar staple closed quietly this year. Known for their inclusive programming (they hosted screenings of RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as live sporting events) and, well, beer, Briggs’ former digs will reopen as a seafood restaurant, Sloppy Crab, in 2021.
Photo via Briggs Detroit/Facebook
Carrie Lee’s Lake Garden 
7890 Highland Rd., Waterford Twp. 
Chinese food spot Carrie Lee’s Lake Garden decided to shut the doors on its Waterford Township. Fear not, as the Lake Orion Location will remain open.  
Photo via Google Maps

Carrie Lee’s Lake Garden

7890 Highland Rd., Waterford Twp.
Chinese food spot Carrie Lee’s Lake Garden decided to shut the doors on its Waterford Township. Fear not, as the Lake Orion Location will remain open.
Photo via Google Maps
J.B.’s Smokehouse 
225 S. Canton Center Rd., Canton, MI 
After closing temporarily in April, this popular barbeque spot in Canton closed its doors permanently due to pandemic related financial strain.
Photo via Google Maps

J.B.’s Smokehouse

225 S. Canton Center Rd., Canton, MI
After closing temporarily in April, this popular barbeque spot in Canton closed its doors permanently due to pandemic related financial strain.
Photo via Google Maps
Tijuana’s Mexican Kitchen
18950 Ford Rd., Detroit
After 10 years at its Detroit location, Tijuana's Mexican Kitchen closed its doors citing financial strain and a vulnerable industry, according to an October Facebook post. However, owners committed to focusing resources to keep their Lincoln Park location up and running, as well as their taco truck. 
Photo via Google Maps

Tijuana’s Mexican Kitchen

18950 Ford Rd., Detroit
After 10 years at its Detroit location, Tijuana's Mexican Kitchen closed its doors citing financial strain and a vulnerable industry, according to an October Facebook post. However, owners committed to focusing resources to keep their Lincoln Park location up and running, as well as their taco truck.
Photo via Google Maps
Sugarbeet Bakery 
5151 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor 
Due to the ongoing pandemic and financial struggle Sugarbeet Bakery shuttered in October.
Photo via Sugarbeet Bakery/Facebook

Sugarbeet Bakery

5151 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor
Due to the ongoing pandemic and financial struggle Sugarbeet Bakery shuttered in October.
Photo via Sugarbeet Bakery/Facebook
Wolfgang Puck Steak
1777 Third Ave., Detroit 
After eight years within the MGM Grand Detroit casino and hotel, the steakhouse helmed by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck exited the downtown casino due to COVID-19-related closures in October. It was reported that a new steakhouse D.Prime has taken over the space. This is one of several steakhouses Puck has closed in the last year across the country. 
Photo via Google Maps

Wolfgang Puck Steak

1777 Third Ave., Detroit
After eight years within the MGM Grand Detroit casino and hotel, the steakhouse helmed by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck exited the downtown casino due to COVID-19-related closures in October. It was reported that a new steakhouse D.Prime has taken over the space. This is one of several steakhouses Puck has closed in the last year across the country.
Photo via Google Maps
PoCai
1232 Packard St., Ann Arbor
Goodbye poke and acai bowls, hellow chicken wings. The former health food spot specailzing in poke and acai bowls, PoCai closed in November to make way for Sidebiscuit, a casual chicken spot. 
Photo via Pocai/Facebook

PoCai

1232 Packard St., Ann Arbor
Goodbye poke and acai bowls, hellow chicken wings. The former health food spot specailzing in poke and acai bowls, PoCai closed in November to make way for Sidebiscuit, a casual chicken spot.
Photo via Pocai/Facebook
Brujo Tacos and Tapas
474 Peterboro St., Detroit 
The closure of the Brujo Tacos and Tapas Detroit Shipping Co. food stall in October made way for Halal Street food, which opened in November. 
Photo via Brujo Tacos and Tapas/Facebook

Brujo Tacos and Tapas

474 Peterboro St., Detroit
The closure of the Brujo Tacos and Tapas Detroit Shipping Co. food stall in October made way for Halal Street food, which opened in November.
Photo via Brujo Tacos and Tapas/Facebook
Magnet
4842 Grand River Ave., Detroit
In August, less than a year after it opened its doors in Detroit's Core City neighborhood, one of the city's most anticipated restaurants known for its wood-fired Mediterranean-inspired fare and "tipless" pay structure closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Top Young Hospitality, the group that operates Magnet, as well as Corktown's Thai-inspired hot spot Takoi, is also dissolving. The dissolution will leave sole ownership of Takoi to chef Brad Greenhill, while investor and developer Philip Kafka plans to step away from the restaurant industry temporarily, though he said he would like to open a “less chef-driven” Tel Aviv-inspired street food-style concept in the former Magnet space sometime in the future.
Photo by Chris Miele

Magnet

4842 Grand River Ave., Detroit
In August, less than a year after it opened its doors in Detroit's Core City neighborhood, one of the city's most anticipated restaurants known for its wood-fired Mediterranean-inspired fare and "tipless" pay structure closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Top Young Hospitality, the group that operates Magnet, as well as Corktown's Thai-inspired hot spot Takoi, is also dissolving. The dissolution will leave sole ownership of Takoi to chef Brad Greenhill, while investor and developer Philip Kafka plans to step away from the restaurant industry temporarily, though he said he would like to open a “less chef-driven” Tel Aviv-inspired street food-style concept in the former Magnet space sometime in the future.
Photo by Chris Miele