April 01, 2022

These before and after photos show how metro Detroit’s restaurants have changed over the last decade


Detroit is a city that is used to change.

We're a city currently in the thick of a massive renaissance. One that has, fortunately for us, brought a new and diverse restaurant and bar scene.

Some of our new favorite places have moved into old favorites, while others are a true example of the renovations (and gentrification) Detroit has undergone over the last 10 years.

Thanks to Google's Street View, we were able to take a look back at what some of our current favorite restaurants in metro Detroit used to be.

All photos via Google Maps.
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Then (2009): Vinsetta Garage
27799 Woodward Ave., Berkley; 248-548-7711; vinsettagarage.com
Vinsetta Garage was an actual garage before transforming into the garage themed restaurant.
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Then (2009): Vinsetta Garage


27799 Woodward Ave., Berkley; 248-548-7711; vinsettagarage.com
Vinsetta Garage was an actual garage before transforming into the garage themed restaurant.
Now: Vinsetta Garage
27799 Woodward Ave., Berkley; 248-548-7711; vinsettagarage.com
Vinsetta Garage was an actual garage before transforming into the garage themed restaurant.
Google Maps

Now: Vinsetta Garage


27799 Woodward Ave., Berkley; 248-548-7711; vinsettagarage.com
Vinsetta Garage was an actual garage before transforming into the garage themed restaurant.
Then (2013): Selden Standard
3921 2nd Ave., Detroit; 313- 438-5055; seldenstandard.com
Before Selden Standard brought its small plates to 2nd Ave., it was an abandoned graffiti covered building.
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Then (2013): Selden Standard


3921 2nd Ave., Detroit; 313- 438-5055; seldenstandard.com
Before Selden Standard brought its small plates to 2nd Ave., it was an abandoned graffiti covered building.
Now: Selden Standard
3921 2nd Ave., Detroit; 313- 438-5055; seldenstandard.com
Before Selden Standard brought its small plates to 2nd Ave., it was an abandoned graffiti covered building.
Google Maps

Now: Selden Standard


3921 2nd Ave., Detroit; 313- 438-5055; seldenstandard.com
Before Selden Standard brought its small plates to 2nd Ave., it was an abandoned graffiti covered building.
Then (2009): SheWolf Pastificio & Bar
438 Selden St., Detroit; 313-315-3992; shewolfdetroit.com
Before this contemporary upscale Italian restaurant found its home here, there was an abandoned multi-unit building.
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Then (2009): SheWolf Pastificio & Bar


438 Selden St., Detroit; 313-315-3992; shewolfdetroit.com
Before this contemporary upscale Italian restaurant found its home here, there was an abandoned multi-unit building.
Now: SheWolf Pastificio & Bar
438 Selden St., Detroit; 313-315-3992; shewolfdetroit.com
Before this contemporary upscale Italian restaurant found its home here, there was an abandoned multi-unit building.
Google Maps

Now: SheWolf Pastificio & Bar


438 Selden St., Detroit; 313-315-3992; shewolfdetroit.com
Before this contemporary upscale Italian restaurant found its home here, there was an abandoned multi-unit building.
Then (2012): Gran Castor
2950 Rochester Rd., Troy; 248-278-7777; grancastor.com
Gran Castor may be known for its Latin American cuisine, but prior to that, the location was another all-American favorite — Hooters.
Google Maps

Then (2012): Gran Castor


2950 Rochester Rd., Troy; 248-278-7777; grancastor.com
Gran Castor may be known for its Latin American cuisine, but prior to that, the location was another all-American favorite — Hooters.
Now: Gran Castor
2950 Rochester Rd., Troy; 248-278-7777; grancastor.com
Gran Castor may be known for its Latin American cuisine, but prior to that, the location was another all-American favorite — Hooters.
Google Maps

Now: Gran Castor


2950 Rochester Rd., Troy; 248-278-7777; grancastor.com
Gran Castor may be known for its Latin American cuisine, but prior to that, the location was another all-American favorite — Hooters.
Then (2013): Detroit Shipping Co.
474 Peterboro St., Detroit; 313-462-4973; detroitshippingcompany.com
Yes, drinking and socializing at Detroit Shipping Co. is certainly all the rage now, but just a few years ago, it was an empty lot.
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Then (2013): Detroit Shipping Co.


474 Peterboro St., Detroit; 313-462-4973; detroitshippingcompany.com
Yes, drinking and socializing at Detroit Shipping Co. is certainly all the rage now, but just a few years ago, it was an empty lot.
Now: Detroit Shipping Co.
474 Peterboro St., Detroit; 313-462-4973; detroitshippingcompany.com
Yes, drinking and socializing at Detroit Shipping Co. is certainly all the rage now, but just a few years ago, it was an empty lot.
Google Maps

Now: Detroit Shipping Co.


474 Peterboro St., Detroit; 313-462-4973; detroitshippingcompany.com
Yes, drinking and socializing at Detroit Shipping Co. is certainly all the rage now, but just a few years ago, it was an empty lot.