The Red Hook will host a pop-up in Detroit’s former Great Lakes Coffee Co. space for Noel Night

The Midtown store has been closed since January due to a labor dispute

click to enlarge Signs for local coffee company The Red Hook were spotted on the former Great Lakes Coffee Company. - Eleanore Catolico
Eleanore Catolico
Signs for local coffee company The Red Hook were spotted on the former Great Lakes Coffee Company.

After one local coffee company closed, another is poised to take its space — at least for one night.

Signs for local coffee company The Red Hook were spotted on the former Great Lakes Coffee Company in Midtown by a Metro Times reporter on Tuesday.

The Red Hook owner Sandi Heaselgrave tells Metro Times by email that The Red Hook plans to open a pop-up in the space on Noel Night, the holiday event planned for Saturday, Dec. 3.

No word on whether The Red Hook will permanently move into the space.

The Great Lakes Coffee Company store closed in January during a COVID-19 outbreak, prompting staff to go on strike in demand of union recognition and better working conditions.

It never reopened, and as the months-long labor dispute dragged out, the company closed its other locations inside Meijer stores in Detroit and Royal Oak. Those two locations have since become outposts for another local company, Avalon International Breads.

The Red Hook operates three other stores in metro Detroit, including downtown Ferndale, West Village, and its “Greenway” location near the riverfront. That third location closed earlier this year when a car crashed into it, but according to a post on The Red Hook’s Instagram page, it aims to reopen in mid-December.

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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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