January 05, 2022

The most anticipated new restaurants coming to metro Detroit in 2022

While 2021 was a surprisingly great year for new eats in metro Detroit, it looks like 2022 might just top it. From new openings, expansions, and rebrandings, here are some of the spots we’re looking forward to this year.

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Jollibee
44945 Woodridge Dr., Sterling Heights; jollibeefoods.com
The popular fast-food chain is expanding into the U.S., opening its first-ever Michigan location on Hall Road at a former Denny’s near Lakeside Mall. Founded in 1978, the chain is known for putting a Filipino twist on American dishes, like fried chicken, burgers, spaghetti (topped with a sweet sauce, ham, and hot dog), and peach-mango hand pies. An opening date has not yet been announced.
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Jollibee

44945 Woodridge Dr., Sterling Heights; jollibeefoods.com

The popular fast-food chain is expanding into the U.S., opening its first-ever Michigan location on Hall Road at a former Denny’s near Lakeside Mall. Founded in 1978, the chain is known for putting a Filipino twist on American dishes, like fried chicken, burgers, spaghetti (topped with a sweet sauce, ham, and hot dog), and peach-mango hand pies. An opening date has not yet been announced.

Photo by Lester Balajadia / Shutterstock.com
Bohemia
100 S. Main St. Royal Oak; eatatbohemia.com; 248-268-2885
A new concept by Adam Merkel Restaurants, Bohemia bills itself as a “fun, funky Mediterranean-style restaurant,” with a heavy Israeli influence. The restaurant will feature an open kitchen with the chefs cooking on display, and all the meals are cooked over real charcoal. Sources say it’s aiming for a February opening date. Pearl’s Deep Dive, a stylish seafood restaurant, recently opened next door, also part of the Adam Merkel Restaurants group.
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Bohemia

100 S. Main St. Royal Oak; eatatbohemia.com; 248-268-2885

A new concept by Adam Merkel Restaurants, Bohemia bills itself as a “fun, funky Mediterranean-style restaurant,” with a heavy Israeli influence. The restaurant will feature an open kitchen with the chefs cooking on display, and all the meals are cooked over real charcoal. Sources say it’s aiming for a February opening date. Pearl’s Deep Dive, a stylish seafood restaurant, recently opened next door, also part of the Adam Merkel Restaurants group.

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Bonchon
TBD; bonchon.com
This popular Korean Fried Chicken chain announced a major expansion into Michigan, with a location opening in late 2021 at 27915 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills. At least four more are planned to open in the state in the coming months, including one in Troy, though the exact locations and target dates have not yet been announced.
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Bonchon

TBD; bonchon.com

This popular Korean Fried Chicken chain announced a major expansion into Michigan, with a location opening in late 2021 at 27915 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills. At least four more are planned to open in the state in the coming months, including one in Troy, though the exact locations and target dates have not yet been announced.

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HopCat
420/430 Main St., Royal Oak; hopcat.com
After closing its Royal Oak location in 2020 following a landlord dispute, this local craft beer chain announced a move to the merged spaces previously occupied by bd’s Mongolian Grill and Noodles World Kitchen, according to Crain’s Detroit Business. An opening date has not been set.
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HopCat

420/430 Main St., Royal Oak; hopcat.com

After closing its Royal Oak location in 2020 following a landlord dispute, this local craft beer chain announced a move to the merged spaces previously occupied by bd’s Mongolian Grill and Noodles World Kitchen, according to Crain’s Detroit Business. An opening date has not been set.

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Detroit Seafood Spot
14463 E. Nine Mile Rd., Warren; detroitseafoodspot.com
Chef DeCarlos Stewart is opening a Viet-Cajun boil-themed restaurant after introducing seafood to the menu of his east-side late-night carryout restaurant, Detroit Wing Spot, which he describes as “if McDonald's sold lobster instead of cheeseburgers.” He says the Warren spot will offer a full-service bar complete with a robotic bartender. An opening date has not yet been announced.
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Detroit Seafood Spot

14463 E. Nine Mile Rd., Warren; detroitseafoodspot.com

Chef DeCarlos Stewart is opening a Viet-Cajun boil-themed restaurant after introducing seafood to the menu of his east-side late-night carryout restaurant, Detroit Wing Spot, which he describes as “if McDonald's sold lobster instead of cheeseburgers.” He says the Warren spot will offer a full-service bar complete with a robotic bartender. An opening date has not yet been announced.

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Pastaio
208 Fifth Ave., Royal Oak; eatpastaio.com
Palm City, Florida-based Pastaio (Italian for “pasta maker”) is setting up a location in Royal Oak’s former HopCat spot. According to Crain’s Detroit Business, the plans also include an attached nightclub. The chain is known for its hand-made pasta, pizza, and cocktails. An initial opening date of November 2021 came and went, but it seems likely to open in early 2022.
Photo via Pastaio Handmade Pasta•Pizza / Facebook

Pastaio

208 Fifth Ave., Royal Oak; eatpastaio.com

Palm City, Florida-based Pastaio (Italian for “pasta maker”) is setting up a location in Royal Oak’s former HopCat spot. According to Crain’s Detroit Business, the plans also include an attached nightclub. The chain is known for its hand-made pasta, pizza, and cocktails. An initial opening date of November 2021 came and went, but it seems likely to open in early 2022.

Photo via Pastaio Handmade Pasta•Pizza / Facebook
Ima
2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit; imanoodles.com
This Detroit-based, Japanese-style noodle spot is relocating to the larger former Gold Cash Gold space across the street from its original Corktown location. Since opening in 2016, the chain has expanded, with additional locations in Madison Heights and Midtown. The new Corktown spot about three times larger than the previous one, which will allow it to serve more customers while staying in the neighborhood.
Photo via Hannah Ervin, Detroit Stock City

Ima

2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit; imanoodles.com

This Detroit-based, Japanese-style noodle spot is relocating to the larger former Gold Cash Gold space across the street from its original Corktown location. Since opening in 2016, the chain has expanded, with additional locations in Madison Heights and Midtown. The new Corktown spot about three times larger than the previous one, which will allow it to serve more customers while staying in the neighborhood.

Photo via Hannah Ervin, Detroit Stock City
What’s Crackin’
19163 Livernois Ave., Detroit
For his latest offering, Chef Max Hardy (of Coop Caribbean Chicken) has teamed up with Ron Bartell, a former Detroit Lion cornerback and the owner of the nearby popular Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles, for what is being described as a casual seafood boil takeout spot. Slated to open in Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion district, What's Crackin' will be the latest customizable seafood boil restaurant to join the Detroit landscape. Customers can choose their seafood, sauce, and spices, including a selection of Chef Max Signature Spice Blends, which will be made available for purchase.
Photo by Tom Perkins

What’s Crackin’

19163 Livernois Ave., Detroit

For his latest offering, Chef Max Hardy (of Coop Caribbean Chicken) has teamed up with Ron Bartell, a former Detroit Lion cornerback and the owner of the nearby popular Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles, for what is being described as a casual seafood boil takeout spot. Slated to open in Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion district, What's Crackin' will be the latest customizable seafood boil restaurant to join the Detroit landscape. Customers can choose their seafood, sauce, and spices, including a selection of Chef Max Signature Spice Blends, which will be made available for purchase.

Photo by Tom Perkins
C. King and Co. Café
101 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti; 917-548-8800; ckingcafe.com
Former New York chef Richard Muszynski plans to soon open C. King and Co. Café, after purchasing and rehabbing the mid-19th century brick building in 2018. According to The Detroit News the restaurant’s name is a nod to its former life as the Charles King & Co. store.
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C. King and Co. Café

101 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti; 917-548-8800; ckingcafe.com

Former New York chef Richard Muszynski plans to soon open C. King and Co. Café, after purchasing and rehabbing the mid-19th century brick building in 2018. According to The Detroit News the restaurant’s name is a nod to its former life as the Charles King & Co. store.

Photo via Google Maps
Sauce
4120 Second St., Detroit; saucedetroit.com
After a previous target opening of late 2021 passed, it seems likely that this Italian- and SoCal-themed spot will open this year. Sauce is under the Heirloom Hospitality group, helmed by Jeremy Sasson (Prime + Proper, a Detroit and Birmingham’s Townhouse), and will feature a menu by former Otus Supply chef Myles McVay. 
Photo by Steve Neavling

Sauce

4120 Second St., Detroit; saucedetroit.com

After a previous target opening of late 2021 passed, it seems likely that this Italian- and SoCal-themed spot will open this year. Sauce is under the Heirloom Hospitality group, helmed by Jeremy Sasson (Prime + Proper, a Detroit and Birmingham’s Townhouse), and will feature a menu by former Otus Supply chef Myles McVay.

Photo by Steve Neavling