Corktown – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:35:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of October 27-29 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:43:34 +0000 Hey all you lovely readers! This weekend is a special one because I will be heading up north for a girls weekend to celebrate my birthday.

Part of me is sad that I’m going up north because there are so many cool things happening this weekend.

Halloween Movie Mayhem

This weekend is chocked full of classic horror movies being screened throughout Detroit.

I couldn’t pick just one movie to include in this week’s City 5, so I made a special post with 9 movies being screened. You can find all of the details over there.

Dog Halloween Costume Party

My dog is not a fan of being dressed up, but if yours are then you should check out this fun doggy costume party on Saturday afternoon.

LC’s Mobile Pet Spa will be offering spa services for your pups.

Cass Corridog will be providing the prizes for best dress, most creative, scariest, and funniest Halloween costumes.

The party will be held at the Grand Circus Dog Park.

When: Saturday, October 28 from 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Grand Circus Park

Machine Show Exhibition Opening Reception

There is a new exhibition opening in the Library Street Collective and the opening reception will be this Saturday, October 28.

The Machine Show will show the self-made artists tools of Paul Kremer, Mark Flood, Jason REVOK, and MOMO.

Hours: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Library Street Collective is located at 1260 Library Street Detroit, Michigan 48226

The Offical & Final PJ’s Lager House 10 Year Anniversary Party

Looking for a cool party on Saturday night? Head over to the Corktown staple PJ’s Lager House for their 10 Year Anniversary Party.

They’ve got a full line up of great bands playing throughout the night.

The $10 admission will get you into the show and some grub. They will be serving up Jambalaya, Gumbo and Red Beans & Rice.

When: Saturday, October 28 from 6:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m

Where: PJ’s Lager House is located at 1254 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

Family Friendly Lions Tailgate

This Sunday is a home game for the Detroit Lions, which mean it’s time to get your tailgate plans together.

If you have children the idea of bringing them over to the Eastern Market tailgate might not be too ideal. But there is now a family friendly tailgate at Beacon Park downtown.

Come bring the kids out to listen to music, games, and other families who like the Lions.

When: Sunday, October 29 from 5:50 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Where: Beacon Park is located at 1903 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226


Motor City Soul Club Soul Stomp

It’s that time again, it’s time to get down on the dance floor at the Marble Bar for the monthly Motor City Soul Club Soul Stomp.

As with every monthly Soul Stomp Dan Austin, Brad Hales and Erica Aytes will be slinging the vinyl. They will be joined by special guests Nick Speed and Adam Stanfel this month.

There’s no cover for this party.

When: Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Where: Marble Bar is located at 1501 Holden Street Detroit, Michigan 48208

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UFO Factory In Corktown To Begin Work To Reopen Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:42:08 +0000 Remember that bar with the wall that got cracked by the work of a construction crew that was working on the giant Elton Park development down in Corktown?

Well, the UFO Factory — a historic place in a way, as the home of the legendary Hoot Robinson’s when Tiger Stadium was across from it — looks to be on the mend, at least according to the Instagram post.

After the incident (background including an ongoing rift between the two sides here), there was a successful online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the out of work staff that pulled in more than $23,315. A large portion — $15,000 — was donated by Soave Enterprises.

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LISTEN: Talking The Witch Of Delray, Detroit Murder Mysteries And History With Author Karen Dybis Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:20:34 +0000

Today, we step back to Detroit in the 1930s at a bar that was open (well, as an ice cream shop during the prohibition part) to talk to Karen Dybis.

She’s an author of a few books, but her latest promises from what we’ve seen to be a great read. “The Witch of Delray: Rose Veres & Detroit’s Infamous 1930s Murder Mystery” is a true crime book that’s set in Detroit’s Delray neighborhood.

Dybis is a former newspaper reporter, and utilized that background as well as her colorful style paint a picture of a city and a boarding house where, as she says, renters walk in and pine boxes come out.

So join Sven Gustafson for a great conversation on the back patio of Nancy Whiskey’s.

To pre-order the book that comes out October 30 from The History Press on Amazon, go here: or support your local independent book store.

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Get Ready To Eat And Drink Up Because Here Are Your 2017 Dine Drink Detroit Menus Sat, 14 Oct 2017 21:57:11 +0000 Dine Drink Detroit, a ten day festival of $15 food & drink entrees, is back.

It’s always been one of our favorite events for us because of the kind price point and the variety of places to try out.

Another fun thing is there are some restaurant names almost everyone knows, and then some lesser known or newer places to give a spin.

Here’s what you need to know.

There aren’t reservations required, either. So at any of the 21 restaurants from October 16 – October 26, you’ll be able to sit down and check them out.

And I don’t know about you — but we’re all looking to save some coin while experiencing some of the best eats Detroit has to offer.

So let’s not waste any more time and dive in. I’ve put them in by alphabetical order to make it easier. You can click on the restaurant name to visit their website.


Your food options are a choice of taste pairings with a compressed vegetable salad. The pairings include Aperol, Campari, Cocchi Rosa, Dolin Blanc, Dolin Genepy, Carpano Antica, and Vermut.

Drink options:

  • Maison Sichel Sauternes, Bordeaux France
  • Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tina Roriz, Tinto cao

Located near Eastern Market. Address: 1428 Gratiot in Detroit

Basement Burger Bar

Your choice of one of the food options:

  • BBQ Bison Burger
  • Falal Burger
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich

Beer paring: Farming Brewing Blood Orange Wheat

Located near Greektown. Address: 1326 Brush in Detroit

Cliff Bells

Your choice of:

  • Sausage Fritter
  • Lamb Pierogi or
  • Baja Style Fish Tacos

Beer paring: Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Located near Grand Circus Park. Address: 2030 Park Avenue in Detroit.

Cutters Bar And Grill

Their pairing is two 3 oz sliders, french fries and a margarita.

Located in Eastern Market. Address: 2638 Orleans in Detroit.

El Nacimiento

You have a choice of one of three food options:

  • Mar y Tierra (surf and turf)
  • Pollo Jalisco
  • Traditional Gordita Dinner

And then one of three drinks:

  • Paloma w/house tequila
  • Tamarind water
  • Jamaica (hibiscus)water

Located in Southwest Detroit. Address: 7400 West Vernor, Detroit.


Your choice of one of five options when it comes to food:

  • Mix Grill – Chicken
  • Strawberry Salad
  • Feta Filo
  • Fillet Exodos
  • Exo Burger

And there’s a selection of drinks, too:

  • Moscow Mule
  • White Pino
  • Red Pino

Exodus is located in Greektown. Address: 526 Monroe in Detroit.


Choice of clams, bahn mi or yam! paired with a dessert and a drink.

Located near Eastern Market. Address: 1454 Gratiot in Detroit.

Huron Room

They’re offering Fish & Chips paired with a draft beer.

Located near Mexicantown. Address: 2547 Bagley in Detroit.


They’ve paired sake steamed clams with a 12 oz Asahi Xtra Dry beer.

Located in Corktown: Address: 2015 Michigan Avenue in Detroit.


Their very German pairing is sausage and a rind fleisch rouladen/ koenigsberder klopps on a platter with a pint of octoberfest.

Located in the Central Business District near Bricktown. Address: 624 Brush Street in Detroit.

Jolly Pumpkin

Your choice of one of three pizzas paired with a Siren.

  • Margerita pizza
  • Fire and smoke pizza
  • Brussel Sprout pizza

Located in Midtown. Address: 441 West Canfield in Detroit.

La Laterna

Your choice of one of three items paired with a house wine:

  • Spaghetti and meatballs
  • Gnocchi Bolognese
  • Pizza Americana

La Laterna is located in Capitol Park. Address: 1224 Griswold in Detroit.

Mercury Burger Bar

They’re offering up their Classic Burger with salt & pepper fries OR garlic fries paired with a draft beer.

Located in Corktown. Address: 2163 Michigan Avenue in Detroit.

Ottava Via

You get your choice of one of three entrees paired with a draft beer:

  • Truffle butter pasta
  • Foie gras
  • Mary’s porchetta

Located in Corktown. Address: 1400 Michigan Avenue.

River Bistro

They’re offering Curry Chicken Fritters and a drink.

Located near Rosedale Park. Address: 18456 Grand River, Detroit.

Rusted Crow Detroit

Your choice of one of the three entrees paired with a draft beer:

  • Pulled pork tostadas
  • Open faced caprese sandwich
  • Buffalo chicken fries

Located near Grand Circus Park. Address: 78 West Adams in Detroit.

Slows Bar BQ

Your choice of one of three food options paired with one of two drinks. Food:

  • The Reason, a pulled pork sandwich
  • The Genius (textured Vegetable Protein) Veggie Chicken
  • Pork or Veggie Enchilada

And your choice of Atwater D-light or Motor City Lager.

Located in Corktown. Address: 2138 Michigan in Detroit.

Stache International

It’ll be a surprise!

In Eastern Market. Address: 1416 E. Fisher Freeway in Detroit.

Starter’s Bar And Grill

You get your choice of:

  • Reuben cheeseburger
  • St. Louis Ribs or
  • Topped Steak Bites

Paired up with one:

  • House Margerita
  • Pint of Octoberfest
  • Tennessee twins on the rocks (Jack fire & Jack honey)

Located in Midtown. Address: 4501 Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

The Block

Tasty options are:

  • Grilled Chicken Quesadilla
  • Three Cheese Spinach Dip
  • Alfredo Mac & Cheese

Paired with your choice of:

  • A select draft beer
  • Radio Bocca Red Blend
  • Jameson Mule

Located in Midtown. Address: 3919 Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

Traffic Jam & Snug

This Canfield street staple offers a variety of food (pick one):

  • TJ’s Own Cheese Platter
  • BLT Chicken Skewer
  • ‘Shroom Risotto
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli

Dessert (one):

  • Black Bottom Pecan Pie
  • Apple Cobbler
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake

And drinks…. (pick one):

  • Altes
  • The Apple Jack Rabbit

Located in Midtown. Address: 511 West Canfield in Detroit.

Of course, there’s more details at the Dine Drink Detroit website (here) on all of this. You can also follow along on social media with the hashtag #DineDrinkDetroit.

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For Day To Day Usage, MoGo Bike Share Beats The QLINE Hands Down Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:06:47 +0000 When it comes to practicality, the QLINE streetcar has been a disappointment.

Our team is pretty bike- and walk- friendly, and will take the bus if the timing makes sense.

We have contributors who live near the QLINE and the MoGo stations, and others who live near bus lines and use them (in the suburbs, too).

When both opened earlier this year, we had multiple debates over which service was going to come out on top. It was evenly split between bike share lovers and believers in the power of the streetcar.

It isn’t even close.

It turns out the MoGo is, from a practical perspective, what someone around here ends up using almost every time, almost every day.

At first the MoGo might seem steep at $8 a day. But here’s the pro tip. If you use it more than one day in a 30-day period, grab that monthly pass for $18 that gives you unlimited rides. That changes your whole relationship with the service, even if you drive downtown for work. You won’t need to wait for the card to come in the mail, either. Just use the Transit app and sign in.

How does it change things? Well, that meeting in Grand Circus Park? Grab a MoGo and be there in a minute or two. Dinner in Greektown? Easy. Heading to food trucks at Spirit of Detroit Park from Bottom Line Coffeeshop? A cinch. Business drinks in Corktown? Yep.

The QLINE? People from out of town always want to use it because everyone wants to see it. But if you need to get to work and do things? Let’s be real. Even if you live right on the line, in the morning one, maybe two 53 Woodward DDOT buses are going to pass in the time one QLINE comes through.

Or, just bike it.

In nice weather on a personal bike or hopping on the MoGo, if there’s any traffic, you’re going to beat the QLINE hands down and get a little exercise.

Not to mention, when hopping around greater downtown for press conferences, meetings, or whatever else, the MoGo will get you there in no time and you’re never going to have to worry about where to park your bike or if it’s going to be stolen. Not to mention, it’s easy to get from the Central Business District to the Podcast Detroit studio at 21st Street and Vernor for our shows on MoGo. There’s a station on the same block.

We’ve counted up 12 meetings that we MoGo’d to in the last week or so.

The streetcar, when you do take it and it’s not a sportsball game, looks much emptier than when they were offering free rides. It’s going to be very interesting to see what their ridership is now.

The QLINE for sure is a “catalyst” for development. Developers who don’t live here find rails much more believable than a flexible bus line or Bus Rapid Transit. From a grander vision thing, in theory, we see that argument. And streetcars — especially if they reach farther or go faster — can be an important part of a transportation mix.

But actually living and doing things here, and having an interaction with the city that’s more than once in awhile for a special event, it’s a different question. The MoGo bike share is the clear choice.

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Here’s A Great Drone Video Of The Crazy Light Show At Michigan Central Station Fri, 15 Sep 2017 01:22:41 +0000 Detroit’s abuzz about the light show at the old train depot in Corktown. Here’s our first report.

Now, there’s a much higher quality video shot with a drone by YouTube user 3andathird (Nadir) and you’re going to want to check it out.

The light show is for Crain’s Detroit Homecoming IV, a star-studded affair that aims to attract ex-pats to invest in Detroit.

Actress Lily Tomlin was at Sister Pie, and former boxer Tommy Hearns have been seen running around.

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Michigan Central Station Is Lit Up With A Moving Light Show And It’s Bananas Wed, 13 Sep 2017 02:56:05 +0000 It seems that the folks putting on the Crain’s Homecoming event have pulled out all of the stops, including an crazy impressive light show using the windows of historic Michigan Central Station as their canvas.

A rainbow pattern, as well as words like “Detroit,” “Reinvent,” and “Reimagine” scrolled across the building.

If you don’t know about Crain’s Homecoming, it’s where Crain’s Detroit Business rolls out the red carpet (with help from sponsors and foundation dollars) to attract Detroit ex-pats to come back to Detroit and invest. Their kick-off dinner is tomorrow night.

There have been bits and pieces coming out on social media from this evening.

The Detroit Experience Factory shared this live video:

Also, here’s a shot of the rainbow station from a passerby:

Here it is red:

Something’s brewing at MCS. Stay Tuned. Good running into @lumen8shun @colindetroit and @zishanali tonight.

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Weekend Ketchup: 4 Food News Stories From The Weekend Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:27:31 +0000 Over the weekend there were a few interesting developments in food and food-related news in Metro Detroit.

Save Your Quarters:

Pop+Offworld, the bar/pizza joint/arcade, opened up on Friday above Checker Bar at 128 Cadillac Square (website). They have more than 30 vintage arcade games, ‘za, and, well, a bar. It’s neat that it actually opened, and there are two more bar arcade projects in the oven.

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Speaking of bars and arcades, Ready Player One seems to have had some problems getting their quarters in the machine to get started, but is making some progress according to a Facebook post. They mention they’ve been wrestling with fitting a kitchen into a historic building – and the Globe, built in 1888 and served as a former cigar factory, is definitely that.

Ready Player One was originally going to open earlier this year. No date has been given.

That will make three bar arcades in greater downtown Detroit with the soon to be addition of the national chain Barcade from Brooklyn up on Selden Street.

If you really need a fix for now, there’s MBREW in downtown Ferndale. They have lots of pinball and the place is like having a drink in a house up north. But a mile or so north of 8 Mile.

Dive Bar Drama:

Nancy Whiskey, a bar that has received plaudit after plaudit for authenticity and a good time in North Corktown, is apparently under investigation.

The Freep first-reported the details which is an interesting read late Friday, but the TL;DR (too long; didn’t read) version is one of the owners also works for the FBI and they’re looking into allegations of money laundering and false statements. There has been a raid that turned up $900 (that was returned to the owners) and a gun. The ownership strongly denies the allegations.

Le Petit Zinc Packed Up:

One of the early entrants in this round of Corktown revival was Le Petit Zinc. The french-focused breakfast and crepe spot that opened in 2009 has a disagreement with their landlord, and last weekend was their last at their location on Trumbull. They plan to reopen, but no public word yet as to where or exactly when. Hopefully they make that happen soon.

La Lanterna Started Brunching

On Sunday, La Lanterna started brunch service. That’s an Northern Italian restaurant that’s been revived after a 40 year hiatus in a retail spot in Capitol Park. Here’s their words, not ours, as to what’s being offered:

The new menu will offer classic Italian breakfast dishes like melon prosciutto, chocolate croissants, and an assortment of traditional and creative crepes, alongside American breakfast favorites. La Lanterna’s bar will also open for brunch, serving popular beverage options like bloody marys, mimosas and the traditional Italian Bellini. The bar will remain open between the end of brunch at 2:30 p.m. and the start of dinner service at 4 p.m.

via La Lanterna

A menu (a copy from the weekend is above) pegs prices at between $9-$15 for brunch entrees.

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Signs Seem To Be Pointing To More QLINE Routes In Detroit Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:38:17 +0000 It’s not hard to think that there is a concerted push for more QLINE routes, especially in Greater Downtown.

It’s important to watch because when they focus, what major funders want they often get in this town and money starts to appear.

The latest hint of a new QLINE route would be from downtown to the old Michigan Central Train Station, as Matthew Maroun (the son of Billionaire Matty Maroun) hinted in a long interview interview with Crain’s as part of their coverage for their Homecoming event being held in said train station.

The basic idea is use the station for what it was built for – a train station – to connect Detroit to Metro Airport. Then the historic depot would be connected to downtown via streetcar.

Here are a couple more dots to connect over time.

Matt Cullen, who wears a variety of hats including working for Rock Ventures and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, in an interview with me up at Mackinac Policy Conference talked about expanding routes down Jefferson and Gratiot.

I think that it was always intended to be part of a broader framework. We think that there’s a lot of opportunities to expand the streetcar kind of piece, like in the Core downtown, it could be up Gratiot, it could be along Jefferson, could do some things like that. The streetcar as far as the small connector kind of thing, we think should continue to expand. Then directly to your question, the streetcar/light rail should absolutely be extended along Woodward into the suburbs over time. Ideally, up to 59. That was the initial plan, right? So that’s what we need. This is a small first step, but it’s an important one.

Not to mention, the Freep has seen preliminary plans for a Jefferson streetcar.

This is a consistent rumble: There’s always chatter to filter signal from noise in this town, but it seems like the leadership class has made the bet that this streetcar is going to be the one that’s expanded, and from conversations, it’s mostly in the greater downtown area.

Anti-bus bias: The Detroit region has a heavy cultural anti-bus bias, and an extensive bus program that’s paid for outside of government dollars most likely won’t pass political muster, regardless of the viability on paper.

After all, part of the reasoning for putting private dollars in is the belief streetcars spur more real estate development and kick up real estate values. A physical track, to a developer, feels more real.

Add to that from an Regional Transit Authority perspective (who knows if that’s going to be a thing on the ballot in 2018), a bus – even bus rapid transit — is still a bus in the minds of most here, especially in the suburbs, despite there being significant differences between a rapid bus and what we see on our streets today.

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of September 1-3 Wed, 30 Aug 2017 01:26:21 +0000 The kids are going back to school this week, so I guess summer is unofficially over this weekend.

I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.

Detroit Jazz Fest

When I think of Labor Day weekend in Detroit the first thing that I think of is the Detroit Jazz Festival. For four days Campus Martius and Hart Plaza will be filled with jazz music.

You can find all of the information you could ever want over on the Detroit Jazz Festival website.

Hours Friday: 6:30 p.m. -1:30 a.m. Saturday: 12 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sunday: 12 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Monday: 1-7:45 p.m.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

The people of Hamtramck know how to party. So if you are looking for something fun to do this weekend I suggest you head to the 37th Hamtramck Labor Day Festival.

Like in years past there will be the annual yacht race down Jos. Compau, the Polish Day Parade, two stages for live music and so much more.

I’m already dreaming of the pierogi.

The festival will be held Saturday through Monday from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Gaelic League Fundraising Brunch 

We’re moving from Poland over to Ireland for an afternoon of brunch at the Gaelic League Irish American Club of Detroit.

Come out and enjoy some great food, drink specials and live music all while doing some good for this organization.

Brunch is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers, and kids are $7.

Hours: 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

The Gaelic League Irish American Club of Detroit is located at 2068 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48216

Bourbon Party 

I love a good bourbon, so when I saw that there was a release party for Detroit City Distillery’s Butcher’s Cut Bourbon I had to add it to this list.

There will be a pig roast to go along with all of those bourbon cocktails.

Texture and Anthony Parasole will be spinning some house music.

Hours: 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

The Whiskey Factory is located at 1000 Maple, Detroit, Michigan 48207

Masonic Temple Tour 

If you have never been inside The Detroit Masonic Temple, you need to do yourself a favor and check out this tour on Sunday afternoon.

The sheer amount of work that Corrado Parducci did is astounding.

It is 2 1/2 hours long and it will take your though the 14 story neo-Gothic building.

You must buy your tickets before the tour, they are $15 per person.

The tour will start at 3 p.m.

The Detroit Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street Detroit, Michigan 48201

P.S. — If you can’t make it to this weekend’s tour you should check out the Behind the Scenes tour they are offering for Friday, September 15. It’s more money, but you get to see a ton of stuff that you can’t normally see. I’m only putting this here now, because I have a feeling the tour will be sold out by the time I do that week’s City 5.

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