November 19, 2021

The Detroit area restaurants that have closed in 2021

We all know the pandemic wasn’t kind to the restaurant and hospitality industry. Restaurateurs faced many challenges including staff shortages, delivery delays, and changing COVID-19 policies. 

While some restaurants made it through, some have formally closed their doors (maybe even for good). 

Here’s the restaurants that Detroit lost in 2021.

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Pepino’s Restaurant??
2440 Orchard Lake Rd., Sylvan Lake
After nearly 40 years in business, Pepino’s Restaurant closed, citing to staffing shortages. The restaurant first opened in Walled Lake but after a fire, it relocated to Sylvan Lake in 2015.
Photo via Facebook.com/Pepinos

Pepino’s Restaurant

?? 2440 Orchard Lake Rd., Sylvan Lake

After nearly 40 years in business, Pepino’s Restaurant closed, citing to staffing shortages. The restaurant first opened in Walled Lake but after a fire, it relocated to Sylvan Lake in 2015.

Photo via Facebook.com/Pepinos
Onassis Coney Island 
1501 Michigan Ave., Detroit
The Corktown neighborhood took a lot of losses on its dining scene. For the last decade, Onassis Coney Island had been nestled on Michigan and Trumbull, but surprisingly closed in February.
Photo via Google Maps

Onassis Coney Island

1501 Michigan Ave., Detroit

The Corktown neighborhood took a lot of losses on its dining scene. For the last decade, Onassis Coney Island had been nestled on Michigan and Trumbull, but surprisingly closed in February.

Photo via Google Maps
Brooklyn Street Local
1266 Michigan Ave., Detroit
This Corktown brunch spot didn’t completely close its doors, it just changed direction. The poutine professionals will instead host pop-up events that you can keep track of on their social media pages. 
Photo via Facebook.com/BrooklynStreetLocal

Brooklyn Street Local

1266 Michigan Ave., Detroit

This Corktown brunch spot didn’t completely close its doors, it just changed direction. The poutine professionals will instead host pop-up events that you can keep track of on their social media pages.

Photo via Facebook.com/BrooklynStreetLocal
Bucharest Grill, Corktown
1623 Michigan Ave., Detroit
One of Detroit’s most beloved shawarma restaurants felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bucharest Grill closed the Corktown location back in June. No worries, Bucharest still has locations all over Detroit, including in Milwaukee Junction and on Livernois’ Avenue of Fashion.
Photo via Google Maps

Bucharest Grill, Corktown

1623 Michigan Ave., Detroit

One of Detroit’s most beloved shawarma restaurants felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bucharest Grill closed the Corktown location back in June. No worries, Bucharest still has locations all over Detroit, including in Milwaukee Junction and on Livernois’ Avenue of Fashion.

Photo via Google Maps
Red Hots Coney Island
12 Victor St., Highland Park
After 100 years in Highland Park, Red Hots Coney Island closed for good back in June. The restaurant’s owners Rich and Carol Harlan decided to celebrate the restaurant’s centennial by retiring.
Photo via Google Maps

Red Hots Coney Island

12 Victor St., Highland Park

After 100 years in Highland Park, Red Hots Coney Island closed for good back in June. The restaurant’s owners Rich and Carol Harlan decided to celebrate the restaurant’s centennial by retiring.

Photo via Google Maps
Asian Corned Beef 
Multiple locations
Asian Corned Beef popularized corned beef eggrolls in the Detroit area. But the corned beef fusion chain, which had expanded rapidly in recent years, didn’t quite recover from the effects of the pandemic, closing most of its restaurants, leaving only three locations open.
Photo via Google Maps
Asian Corned Beef Multiple locations

Asian Corned Beef popularized corned beef eggrolls in the Detroit area. But the corned beef fusion chain, which had expanded rapidly in recent years, didn’t quite recover from the effects of the pandemic, closing most of its restaurants, leaving only three locations open.

Photo via Google Maps
Rosie O’Grady’s
279 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale
Everybody has been a little bit Irish at Rosie O’Grady’s. The beloved Irish Pub has been a staple in Ferndale for over 40 years and  closed at the end of June.
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Rosie O’Grady’s

279 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale

Everybody has been a little bit Irish at Rosie O’Grady’s. The beloved Irish Pub has been a staple in Ferndale for over 40 years and closed at the end of June.

Photo via Google Maps
Dilla’s Delights 
242 John R St., Detroit
Named for Detroit musical legend, J. Dilla, Dilla’s Donutsshut down early in the year, closing in January and stating it was looking for a new location. The doughnut shop would share pop-up locations for its doughnuts at the beginning of the year, but hasn’t shared on its social media pages lately.
Photo via Google Maps

Dilla’s Delights

242 John R St., Detroit

Named for Detroit musical legend, J. Dilla, Dilla’s Donutsshut down early in the year, closing in January and stating it was looking for a new location. The doughnut shop would share pop-up locations for its doughnuts at the beginning of the year, but hasn’t shared on its social media pages lately.

Photo via Google Maps
Public House
241 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale
Claims of a toxic work environment temporarily shuttered the Ferndale establishment Public House. Earlier this year, the restaurant was sold, along with Antihero, to a new ownership group. The re-opening of the 
restaurant under its new management has yet to be determined.
Photo via Google Maps

Public House

241 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale

Claims of a toxic work environment temporarily shuttered the Ferndale establishment Public House. Earlier this year, the restaurant was sold, along with Antihero, to a new ownership group. The re-opening of the restaurant under its new management has yet to be determined.

Photo via Google Maps
Lady of the House 
1426 Bagley St., Detroit
Lady of the House was pretty new to the Corktown area. The acclaimed restaurant was only open for four years before closing in February.
Photo via Google Maps

Lady of the House

1426 Bagley St., Detroit

Lady of the House was pretty new to the Corktown area. The acclaimed restaurant was only open for four years before closing in February.

Photo via Google Maps