One of the country’s poorest cities is suddenly becoming a food mecca

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By Mark Guarino January 5 at 7:00 AM Central Kitchen + Bar opened in August with an eye-catching design and views of downtown Detroit’s Cadillac Square. (Salwan Georges/For The Washington Post) Veteran Detroiters always knew their city was a meat-and-potatoes town. To find more-eclectic cuisine meant doing what most people downtown did after work: Leave. No more. Detroit is in the midst of a culinary transformation. Rock-bottom housing stock and an emerging generation of young restaurateurs and chefs settling in to experiment have brought new restaurants, breweries, tasting rooms, cocktail bars, pop-up events and quirky lunch spots promising nutritious food…

Local chocolate maker honored with Forbes recognition

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Georgea Kovanis, On Style 7:20 p.m. EST January 4, 2016 635875302970206155-BonBonBon-218.jpg (Photo: Michelle and Chris Gerard) More buzz about the Detroit food scene! Forbes magazine has named Bon Bon Bon chocolatier and founder Alexandra Clark as one of its 30 Under 30 leaders in food and drink Clark, who is 27, lives in Hamtramck and grew up in Plymouth, opened Bon Bon Bon in 2014. In addition to a small manufacturing site/store combo in Hamtramck, there’s also a Bon Bon Bon store in downtown Detroit, conveniently located next door to the Detroit Free Press. DETROIT FREE PRESS Former Republic chef…

Detroit Real Estate: Doomed? By John P. Schmoll | January 01, 2016

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By John P. Schmoll | January 01, 2016 SHARE TWEET On July 18, 2013, Detroit declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy, which allows protection for municipalities from creditors. Detroit became the largest city ever to declare bankruptcy. What was once the proud home of a bustling auto industry and an iconic music studio was now mired in $18 billion of debt. Rising crime and pension cuts left few residents unaffected by the fallout of the city’s decision. One particular repercussion of the bankruptcy was real estate prices. People lost jobs and fled the city, which hurt the city’s real estate environment. The…

10 of 2015’s best new Metro Detroit restaurants

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Molly Abraham 4:59 p.m. EST December 30, 2015 Guests dine outdoors at the Central Kitchen + Bar inBuy Photo Guests dine outdoors at the Central Kitchen + Bar in downtown Detroit, just one of several new restaurants that opened in 2015. John T. Greilick / The Detroit News Buy Photo Fullscreen Guests dine outdoors at the Central Kitchen + Bar in Detroit News restaurant critic Molly Abraham named Executive Chef Christina Stanco heads up the bustling A wall of dried flowers separates the dining room at Alaskan halibut, from top, lamb poke and grilled Spanish Just steps away from the…

Detroit Metro Airport ranked 9th best in nation

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Tom Greenwood, The Detroit News 12:46 p.m. EST December 16, 2015 (Photo: Charles V. Tines / Detroit News) A study released Wednesday by J.D. Power has ranked Detroit Metropolitan Airport as ninth best in terms of overall traveler satisfaction. Now in its 10th year, the North America Airport Satisfaction Study rates large and medium-sized airports on six factors, including: terminal facilities; airport accessibility; security check; baggage claim; check-in/baggage check; and terminal shopping. Findings were based on responses from 21,009 North American travelers from July through October 2015. The 2015 study showed overall traveler satisfaction averages 725 points (on a 1,000…

Attitudes changing for the better in Detroit

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Detroit Free Press Editorial Board 12:58 a.m. EST December 13, 2015 Spirit of DetroitBuy Photo Things are changing in Detroit. And we’re not talking about more streetlights or the pace of blight demolition. DETROIT FREE PRESS 50 Detroiters: Voices from our city Detroiters’ attitudes have shifted remarkably in the last two years, a Detroit Free Press poll of residents conducted by EPIC-MRA early this month found, with 60% saying that the city is moving in the right direction. It’s a dramatic turnaround from October 2013, when a survey conducted by the same pollster found that 50% of Detroiters thought the…

Meridian: Downtown Detroit’s growth juggernaut

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Tom Walsh, Detroit Free Press Columnist 10:54 p.m. EST December 12, 2015 MERIDAN 120215 rhb4.jpg (Photo: Regina H. Boone / Regina H.Boone) They don’t yet have the prominence of a Dan Gilbert or the Ilitches – no sports team, no casino ownership – but the Cotton family’s Meridian Health Plan is fast emerging as Detroit’s next major high-growth, job-creating, family-run private enterprise. Since moving their primary Medicaid HMO business from Southfield to downtown Detroit, founder David Cotton, a medical doctor, and his three sons have grown it from 112 employees and revenue of $275 million in 2008, to 1,500 employees…

Priest, suburban housewife cultivated hope for Detroit

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Jack Kresnak 7:11 a.m. EST December 13, 2015 Father Bill Cunningham, leads a group of marchers fromBuy Photo Father Bill Cunningham, leads a group of marchers from Grand Circus Park to the Michigan State Fair Grounds in May, 1979. John Collier/Detroit Free Press Father Bill Cunningham, leads a group of marchers from Father Bill Cunningham and Muhammad Ali during a charity Former Free Press publisher Neal Shine, left, and Father Father William Cunningham in 1983. Detroit Councilman Jack Kelley and Father Bill Cunningham A photo from 1982 of Vice President George H.W. Bush Carl Levin, Father Bill Cunningham and Cardinal…

Detroit Economy Improving a Year After Bankruptcy, Credit Agency Says

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December 8th, 2015, 7:20 AM What a difference a year can make. Detroit’s fiscal health is clearly better than a year after coming out of bankruptcy, but challenges remain. Louis Aguilar of The Detroit News reports: In July, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Detroit’s to a positive rating, B2, from the stable B3. The rating measures Detroit’s overall creditworthiness for investors in municipal debt “City leaders and management are taking aggressive steps to revitalize the economy and sustain the current positive trends,” Moody’s wrote in a statement Monday. The city’s jobless rate has dropped to 11.5 percent in September compared to…