August 12, 2022

The Detroit area restaurants that have closed so far in 2022

It seems the local dining industry is finally bouncing back after the harsh take down it suffered during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We saw the loss of a lot of restaurants in 2020 and 2021, but for some, scraping by became more challenging as certain costs continued to rise.

Some restaurant owners saw fit to retire, others decided to sell their businesses.

Here's the restaurants that have closed — or changed hands — so far in 2022.
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Roast
1128 Washington Blvd., Detroit
Michael Symon's Roast abruptly closed one cold January night. So abrupt, that even its employees were blindsided by the closing.
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Roast

1128 Washington Blvd., Detroit

Michael Symon's Roast abruptly closed one cold January night. So abrupt, that even its employees were blindsided by the closing.
Great Lakes Coffee
3965 Woodward Ave., Detroit
In January, after a COVID-19 outbreak hit Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co., and nine out of fifteen of the workers tested positive, the Midtown shop was closed indefinitely. One month later, Great Lakes Coffee workers from other locations went on strike with claims of poor COVID-19 protocols and unfair wages and labor practices.
Lee DeVito

Great Lakes Coffee

3965 Woodward Ave., Detroit

In January, after a COVID-19 outbreak hit Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co., and nine out of fifteen of the workers tested positive, the Midtown shop was closed indefinitely. One month later, Great Lakes Coffee workers from other locations went on strike with claims of poor COVID-19 protocols and unfair wages and labor practices.
Lousiana Creole Gumbo (Eastern Market)
2051 Gratiot Ave., Detroit
After 50 years at the edge of Eastern Market, Louisiana Creole Gumbo was forced out of its original location by the landlord. The restaurant's two other locations,13505 W. Seven Mile Rd.,Detroit and 29216 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, remain open.
Kelley O'Neill

Lousiana Creole Gumbo (Eastern Market)

2051 Gratiot Ave., Detroit

After 50 years at the edge of Eastern Market, Louisiana Creole Gumbo was forced out of its original location by the landlord. The restaurant's two other locations,13505 W. Seven Mile Rd.,Detroit and 29216 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, remain open.
Pizza Papalis (Greektown)
553 Monroe St., Detroit
Pizza Papalis has been a fixture on Monroe St. since 1986, but the loss of traffic throughout the pandemic made keeping the establishment open difficult. This resulted in the closing of the once popular Greektown location, but several others remain open.
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Pizza Papalis (Greektown)

553 Monroe St., Detroit

Pizza Papalis has been a fixture on Monroe St. since 1986, but the loss of traffic throughout the pandemic made keeping the establishment open difficult. This resulted in the closing of the once popular Greektown location, but several others remain open.
Harmony Garden Cafe
4704 Anthony Wayne Dr., Detroit
After 30 years in business, Harmony Garden closed its doors in July.
Steve Neavling

Harmony Garden Cafe

4704 Anthony Wayne Dr., Detroit

After 30 years in business, Harmony Garden closed its doors in July.
Cass Cafe
4620 Cass Ave., Detroit
Cass Cafe has been a hub for local artists since the early 1990s. The beloved local restaurant was also a hotspot for vegans and vegetarians due to several meatless options on the menu. The Midtown favorite closed in July.
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Cass Cafe

4620 Cass Ave., Detroit

Cass Cafe has been a hub for local artists since the early 1990s. The beloved local restaurant was also a hotspot for vegans and vegetarians due to several meatless options on the menu. The Midtown favorite closed in July.
Street Beet
4626 Third St., Detroit
Street Beet, a playful vegan pop-up that had been operating out of Midtown's 3rd Street Bar, closed for good in February.
Jerilyn Jordan

Street Beet

4626 Third St., Detroit

Street Beet, a playful vegan pop-up that had been operating out of Midtown's 3rd Street Bar, closed for good in February.
Taqueria El Rey
4730 W. Vernor Hwy, Detroit
A fire destroyed one of Detroit's favorite taco spots, Taqueria El Rey. The restaurant launched a crowdsourcing campaign in January to help support employees through the devastsation.
Randiah Camille Green

Taqueria El Rey

4730 W. Vernor Hwy, Detroit

A fire destroyed one of Detroit's favorite taco spots, Taqueria El Rey. The restaurant launched a crowdsourcing campaign in January to help support employees through the devastsation.
Le Culture Cafe
1452 Brush St., Detroit
Le Culture Cafe announced in January it would temporarily be closing its doors on Brush Street. It wasn't long before "temporary" became permanent. However, the restaurant's owners opened a sister restaurant, Culture Soul at 24737 W. Eight Mile Rd., soon after its closing.
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Le Culture Cafe

1452 Brush St., Detroit

Le Culture Cafe announced in January it would temporarily be closing its doors on Brush Street. It wasn't long before "temporary" became permanent. However, the restaurant's owners opened a sister restaurant, Culture Soul at 24737 W. Eight Mile Rd., soon after its closing.
New Martha Bakery
10335 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck
After 50 years serving delicious packzi in the metro Detroit area, New Martha Bakery closed due to the health of its owners. The space was bought by its neighbor, Dos Locos Tacos.
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New Martha Bakery

10335 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck

After 50 years serving delicious packzi in the metro Detroit area, New Martha Bakery closed due to the health of its owners. The space was bought by its neighbor, Dos Locos Tacos.