December 21, 2019

We'll miss these Detroit restaurants that closed in 2019

While Detroit's food scene continues to impress, not every local restaurant, bakery, and eatery made it through 2019. Here's a look at some of the places we said goodbye to this year.

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Mr. Pita and Papa Romano’s Pizza
615 Griswold St.
After 11 years, the Detroit location of this Michigan pizza and pita chain closed. The restaurant, which was located on the first floor of the Ford Building, served a variety of pizzas, pita dishes, and chicken wings. Citing difficulty securing a new lease after the Ford Building’s renovation, owner Bahaa Romaya chose to close the franchise.
Photo via Papa Romanos / Facebook

Mr. Pita and Papa Romano’s Pizza

615 Griswold St.
After 11 years, the Detroit location of this Michigan pizza and pita chain closed. The restaurant, which was located on the first floor of the Ford Building, served a variety of pizzas, pita dishes, and chicken wings. Citing difficulty securing a new lease after the Ford Building’s renovation, owner Bahaa Romaya chose to close the franchise.

Photo via Papa Romanos / Facebook
Russell Street Deli
2465 Russell St.
After a disagreement between Russell Street Deli’s owners and the building’s new landlord over maintenance costs, the restaurant closed in April. An investment group led by Sanford Nelson has purchased about 20 properties in Eastern Market, including the former Russell Street Deli space. Russell Street Deli still operates a soup production factory for a line of soups available at local supermarkets.
Photo via Russell Street Deli / Facebook

Russell Street Deli

2465 Russell St.
After a disagreement between Russell Street Deli’s owners and the building’s new landlord over maintenance costs, the restaurant closed in April. An investment group led by Sanford Nelson has purchased about 20 properties in Eastern Market, including the former Russell Street Deli space. Russell Street Deli still operates a soup production factory for a line of soups available at local supermarkets.

Photo via Russell Street Deli / Facebook
Pursue at Fort Street Galley
160 W. Fort St.
After less than a year, Chef Mike Han’s Korean raw seafood venture closed in May. Pursue, which specialized in sustainable fish dishes including sushi bowls, was placed on a remediation period with Fort Street Galley after experiencing low sales. Ultimately, Fort Street Galley terminated Pursue’s contract.
Photo via Fort Street Galley / Facebook

Pursue at Fort Street Galley

160 W. Fort St.
After less than a year, Chef Mike Han’s Korean raw seafood venture closed in May. Pursue, which specialized in sustainable fish dishes including sushi bowls, was placed on a remediation period with Fort Street Galley after experiencing low sales. Ultimately, Fort Street Galley terminated Pursue’s contract.

Photo via Fort Street Galley / Facebook
Lucky’s Noble BBQ at Fort Street Galley
160 W Fort St.
After a 10-month stint at Fort Street Galley, Lucky’s Noble BBQ, an allergen-conscious barbecue spot, closed up shop in October. It’s now operating as a ‘ghost kitchen,’ meaning owners Jimmy Schmidt and Brian Recor are focusing on catering and pop-ups. 
Photo via Lucky’s Noble BBQ / Facebook

Lucky’s Noble BBQ at Fort Street Galley

160 W Fort St.
After a 10-month stint at Fort Street Galley, Lucky’s Noble BBQ, an allergen-conscious barbecue spot, closed up shop in October. It’s now operating as a ‘ghost kitchen,’ meaning owners Jimmy Schmidt and Brian Recor are focusing on catering and pop-ups.

Photo via Lucky’s Noble BBQ / Facebook
Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac ‘n Brewz
4438 Baldwin Rd.
After a slew of poor reviews on Yelp and Facebook, Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez closed its Cass Corridor Mac n’ Brewz concept in April. Sweet Lorraine’s still operates a location at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills.
Photo via Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Brewz / Facebook

Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac ‘n Brewz

4438 Baldwin Rd.
After a slew of poor reviews on Yelp and Facebook, Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez closed its Cass Corridor Mac n’ Brewz concept in April. Sweet Lorraine’s still operates a location at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills.

Photo via Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Brewz / Facebook
Le Petit Zinc
70 W. Alexandrine St.
French-inspired creperie and cafe Le Petit Zinc closed in April after 10 years. Founded in Corktown in 2009 by Karima Sorel, the restaurant relocated to Midtown in 2018. The menu included sweet and savory crepes, quiches, coffee, and hot chocolate.
Photo via Le Petit Zinc / Facebook

Le Petit Zinc

70 W. Alexandrine St.
French-inspired creperie and cafe Le Petit Zinc closed in April after 10 years. Founded in Corktown in 2009 by Karima Sorel, the restaurant relocated to Midtown in 2018. The menu included sweet and savory crepes, quiches, coffee, and hot chocolate.

Photo via Le Petit Zinc / Facebook
Drive Table Tennis Social Club
645 Griswold St. #144
Located in the Penobscot Building, Drive Table Tennis Social Club was a unique venture that combined a restaurant, bar, and table tennis club. The spot closed in late January after six years of operation.
Photo via Drive Table Tennis Social Club / Facebook

Drive Table Tennis Social Club

645 Griswold St. #144
Located in the Penobscot Building, Drive Table Tennis Social Club was a unique venture that combined a restaurant, bar, and table tennis club. The spot closed in late January after six years of operation.

Photo via Drive Table Tennis Social Club / Facebook
Farmers Restaurant
2542 Market St.
After its building was bought by Sanford Nelson, Eastern Market’s beloved Farmers Restaurant closed in March. Farmer’s Restaurant was known for its Rueben sandwiches, pancakes, and chicken and waffles. It’s unclear whether the building’s new ownership is connected to the closure.
Photo via Eastern Market Partnership / Facebook

Farmers Restaurant

2542 Market St.
After its building was bought by Sanford Nelson, Eastern Market’s beloved Farmers Restaurant closed in March. Farmer’s Restaurant was known for its Rueben sandwiches, pancakes, and chicken and waffles. It’s unclear whether the building’s new ownership is connected to the closure.

Photo via Eastern Market Partnership / Facebook
Giordano’s
1224 Randolph St.
The Detroit outpost of Illinois-based pizza chain Giordano’s closed in July after only two years in the Motor City. Giordano’s, which specializes in Chicago-style deep dish pizza, also has a location in Holland.
Photo via Giordano’s Pizza / Facebook

Giordano’s

1224 Randolph St.
The Detroit outpost of Illinois-based pizza chain Giordano’s closed in July after only two years in the Motor City. Giordano’s, which specializes in Chicago-style deep dish pizza, also has a location in Holland.

Photo via Giordano’s Pizza / Facebook
Mootown Ice Cream Shoppe
2461 Russell St.
Eastern Market’s Mootown Creamery and Dessert Shoppe LLC closed at the end of March. Mootown, which was open seasonally from April to September, served homemade ice cream and other sweet treats.
Photo via Google Maps

Mootown Ice Cream Shoppe

2461 Russell St. Eastern Market’s Mootown Creamery and Dessert Shoppe LLC closed at the end of March. Mootown, which was open seasonally from April to September, served homemade ice cream and other sweet treats.

Photo via Google Maps