Huron Room latest restaurant hit in rash of break-ins in and around Corktown

Apr 12, 2017 at 9:59 am

Detroit police have confirmed that the Mexicantown seafood restaurant Huron Room was broken into this morning at approximately 2:30 a.m., making it the latest restaurant within a one-square-mile stretch of Detroit to be broken into in an approximately 24-hour span.

According to police the suspect entered through the front window, which was broken, and stole some liquor bottles. Police are awaiting surveillance video from the restaurant.

Early Tuesday, break-ins were reported at Slows Bar BQ, on Michigan Avenue, and Johnny Noodle King, on Fort Street. Police said it did not appear that anything was taken at either of those establishments.

The Huron Room and Johnny Noodle King are both owned by the InLaws Hospitality group, which is headed by restauranteurs Jacques and Christine Driscoll and chef Les Molnar.

Following yesterday's break in at the ramen restaurant, Jacques Driscoll told Metro Times:

"Am I surprised? No. Am I bummed out? Yeah. Hopefully we can just use it as a learning tool and put new locks on. It's scary though, you do feel a little violated."

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has learned the latest break-ins at businesses in the Corktown and surrounding area is part of a larger wave of break-ins that began early this year. Police confirmed yesterday that Nemo's, Artifactry, and Metropolis Cycles, all located along Michigan Avenue, were broken into between late January and February. Police believe they have caught the suspect in those incidents and say he is awaiting trial. Popular thai food restaurant Katoi was broken into mid-February and a fire was set, with arson suspected.

Said Driscoll, "There's a lot more opportunities in Detroit for this type of thing, there's a lot more people. I don't want to say there's more money, but there's certainly stuff going on."