Parks & Rec offers creative twists for breakfast, lunch

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Molly Abraham , The Detroit News 2:46 p.m. EDT November 2, 2016 Food (Photo: Jose Juarez / Special to The Detroit News) The massive stone structure on Grand River and Cass is a landmark in downtown Detroit. And the castle-like Grand Army of the Republic building that dates back to 1899 has had many uses over the years, including the time it was the headquarters of the Detroit Parks & Recreation Department. And that’s the derivation of the name of the second restaurant in the building. The larger Republic Tavern and its ambitious menu opened in April 2015 to positive…

Shake Shack to open in Detroit’s Campus Martius area

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JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press 5:29 p.m. EDT May 23, 2016 Burger joint to open in Gilbert-owned building 635996195239314089-ShakeShack-FNB-ObliqueAerialGoogleE-StreetHighLights-HiRes.jpg (Photo: Bedrock Detroit) Shake Shack, the popular and fast-growing burger chain, plans to open its first Michigan location next year in downtown Detroit. The New York-based company announced Monday that it is coming to the First National Building, 660 Woodward Ave. near Campus Martius Park. The First National Building also houses Roasting Plant coffee, among other tenants, and is owned by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Detroit. A Shake Shack representative said the restaurant would open sometime in 2017. “We’re proud to be…

Detroit dining scene abuzz with activity

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Melody Baetens, The Detroit News 2:54 p.m. EDT April 22, 2016 The Manicotti di Crespelle, bottom, is a seasonal preparation The Manicotti di Crespelle, bottom, is a seasonal preparation at La Rondinella. At top is a salad. Jose Juarez, Special to The Detroit News A cheeseburger spring roll in Cass Corridor; farm-fresh rabbit in Hazel Park; 50 craft cocktails at a 50-seat restaurant in a Detroit alley; an expertly twice-cooked egg on a bed of greens near the Detroit Institute of Arts. These are some of the vignettes of Metro Detroit’s restaurant scene that are making the area a growing…

Review: Katoi in Corktown draws crowds with unique fare

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Molly Abraham 3:29 p.m. EDT April 7, 2016 2016-0330-rb-go-restreview046Buy Photo (Photo: Robin Buckson / The Detroit News) At this point in its young existence, the restaurant Katoi — in but not of Corktown — is a victim of its own popularity. A standing room only mass of humanity packs the small place just about every night, and those who choose to sit at the bar just inside the entrance find themselves elbow-to-elbow with those waiting for tables in the dining room. When the early crowds subside, as they surely will, this interesting spot will be much more comfortable and the…

The complete list: Detroit’s best new restaurants

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Sylvia Rector and Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press 1:48 p.m. EDT April 6, 2016 ROY LogoBuy Photo Detroit added a new pastime to its rich sports culture last year, when keeping up with the flurry of new restaurant openings became something of a spectator sport. The star center to watch was the city of Detroit itself, which claims the majority of the Free Press’ Best New Restaurants for the second year in a row. Beginning at 9 a.m. we’re counting down the list. Come to freep.com for all the coverage. 10. Townhouse, Detroit Best New Restaurant No. 10: Townhouse Detroit…

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…

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…

Police beat Fire in epic coney-eating showdown

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The showdown was brief, but not exactly pretty. A coney-scarfing contest all but shut down American Coney Island in downtown Detroit. There was a small mob of spectators, half-joking insults between contestants and generally raucous and free-wheeling behavior. The main focus of the evening: a match between Detroit Police and the Fire Department. Five members of each group would eat their way toward a collective total, and the proceeds would go toward the winners’ Benevolent Fund. Just before the contest began, it was clear that some contestants had come prepared. Police Lt. Michael Nied brought his “Endless Shrimp” champion belt,…

Central Kitchen + Bar opens Monday in Detroit

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By Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press Restaurant Critic 4:18 p.m. EDT August 7, 2015 Attorney Dennis Archer Jr. and partners wanted to create a place that was stylish, approachable and affordable enough to appeal to a wide audience. 635745549156135578-IMG-0385Buy Photo (Photo: Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press) Central Kitchen + Bar opens its doors in the First National Bank building in downtown Detroit at 11 a.m. Monday, bringing a stylish American gastropub menu and a cool, casual setting to yet another pocket of downtown. Central Kitchen + Bar opens Monday, across the streetBuy Photo Central Kitchen + Bar opens Monday, across…