Food + Drink – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:16:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Listen: Sister Pie’s Lisa Ludwinski Talks Pie, New Cookbook, And West Village Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:11:28 +0000

Lisa Ludwinski the owner of Sister Pie joins us on the News Byte to talk all things pie.

During the conversation she talks about why she uses butter for her crusts, and the changes that have happened in West Village since she opened in 2015.

Ludwinski has a new cookbook coming out called “Sister Pie: The Recipes & Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit.” It comes out on October 2, 2018. You can preorder the book here.

Just a word or warning, you might start craving a piece of Blueberry Blossom or Salted Maple pie from Sister Pie after listening to this interview.


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PODCAST: A Retractable Roof For Ford Field? Clutch And Throttle Motorcycle Shop Opening In Detroit & More Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:55:15 +0000


Friends, we have returned from a quick weekend getaway — Jer went up to Mackinac Island, while Sven drove down to Columbus, Ohio for a Courtney Barnett show — and are back with a fresh new show. And it’s our first one recorded in the new Podcast Detroit studio inside the Detroit Shipping Company, which had its soft open on Friday and remains, uh, softly open?

In today’s show, we discuss:

  • Ford Field’s future retractable roof?
  • The future of the Belle Isle Grand Prix
  • Detroit misses out on hosting the NCAA Final Four
  • The Gordie Howe International Bridge groundbreaking
  • Detroit’s skyrocketing housing prices
  • The Detroit Institute of Bagel’s bagels
  • A new production by “Hamilton” playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda comes to Detroit
  • And Jer has a chat on the show with Brad Touchette, owner of Detroit’s new motorcycle accessory shop, Clutch and Throttle.

Ford Field might get a new retractable roof to help its bid to lure a Major League Soccer franchise. That’s what Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Daily reports, and various other outlets have confirmed.

What’s behind this? The billionaire duo of Tom Gores and Dan Gilbert have been aiming to bring a Major League Soccer team to Detroit. Together with Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford, they’re pitching Ford Field as the home stadium starting with the 2022 season.

But MLS prefers that new franchises play in an outdoor, purpose-built stadium — and Ford Field ticks neither box. The league has said that abandoning plans for a new stadium built on the former Wayne County Jail site hurt the group’s bid.

In an interview with WJR, Lions President Ron Wood said that he hasn’t seen the final numbers but the cost would be “significant,” and that we’d know in the next couple weeks if this is going to happen.

It’s also not clear who would pay for a retractable roof — and whether taxpayers would be asked to foot the bill. Some experts peg the cost of adding a retractable roof in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Detroit Grand Prix is proposing to give more money to the state as part of its pitch to continue to stage the race on Belle Isle.

Grand Prix organizers presented their proposal during a Belle Isle Park Advisory Committee on Friday that drew a reported 200 opponents and supporters of the annual event.

Organizers are seeking a new three-year contract with an optional two-year extension. They also propose to increase the annual fee the event pays to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to $300,000, from $200,000, plus an annual contribution toward a project to be determined by the DNR. And they say they’d shorten the time spent setting up and tearing down the race infrastructure.

Opponents object to the noise and disruption to the island park, but some supporters say the race has benefited the city and Belle Isle. Organizers say they have no other Plan B locations to stage the race.

The DNR will review the application and is accepting public comments through Aug. 2 at A tentative decision on the proposal is expected that same day.

Gov. Rick Snyder and elected officials from Michigan and Canada will appear at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the Gordie Howe International Bridge. The ceremony in Delray is the latest sign that work on the new Detroit-Windsor span is proceeding toward full-scale construction starting later this year.

As we reported here previously, the Moroun family have recently appealed to President Trump for help blocking the project with an ad falsely claiming that the bridge will use only Canadian and imported steel. The Morouns own the nearby Ambassador Bridge and have spent years fighting against the new public bridge.

Officials are targeting a completion date in 2022 or 2023.

Home prices are rising in metro Detroit — and they’re skyrocketing in the city of Detroit.

According to a report by Realcomp, purchase prices in the Detroit region are up almost 5 percent from last year when the median sales price of a home or condominium was around $195,000.

Now in the city of Detroit? The median sale price is up 41% from a year ago, to $38,500 in June.

Reports suggest that most transactions are cash sales from outside investors or new residents moving in, often from other regions of the country.

Supply is so short in the city and region that 90 percent of buyers are paying above asking price and waving things that are otherwise smart to do before a purchase, such as a home inspection.

In the city, the hottest neighborhoods are starting to shift to outside of downtown. They include Bagley, University District, East English Village, and Sherwood Forest. The core of the city still sees high demand but there is almost no ready-to-move-in supply.

Detroit has missed out on hosting the NCAA Basketball Final Four. Although we were one of seven finalists to host the prestigious Final Four in 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026, we came up empty-handed.

Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis were picked as the host cities.

via Detroit Institute of Bagels FB page

New Yorkers tend to think that they are the only people who can have good bagels. But Thrillist has just named Detroit Institute of Bagels as one of the best places to get a bagel outside of New York City.

The list features 11 bagel shops across the country that quote “may represent the best of the best, it only proves that great bagels don’t depend on water, tradition, or location..”

The Corktown bagel shop opened in the fall of 2013 after operating out of the kitchen of one of the founders. It has grown a passionate local following for its bagels, sandwiches, and schmears.

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For real though! We are so proud of this production and we hope you will join us when "Washington Heights" aka IN THE HEIGHTS invades #Detroit at New Center Park July 18-22, gates at 7:00, show at 8:00pm. FREE thanks to @Midtown Detroit, Inc., The Kresge Foundation, and First American Title!!!

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“In The Heights” is the first musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame. This week, you’ll have a chance to see it right here in Detroit.

The Detroit Actor’s Theatre Company will be performing the Tony Award-winning show this week at New Center Park, across the street from the Fisher Building. There will be five performances of the musical starting on Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 22.

“In the Heights” takes place over three days in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. The musical shows the struggles of the Hispanic people who live in the neighborhood, and what happens when someone in the neighborhood wins the lottery.

Daily Detroit’s Shianne Nocerini spoke with Eric Swanson, the executive director of the Detroit Actor’s Theatre company, about designing a streetscape set in the middle of a city park, on today’s show.

This is the final production in the theatre company’s “Create For Action” series. This show will address the issues of immigration, race, ethnicity and the gentrification of an inner-city neighborhood.

Along with the theme of the show the theatre company will be collecting donations for the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation.

Gates open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.

The performances are free to attend thanks to sponsorships from the Kresge Foundation and Midtown Detroit Inc.  There will be concessions for purchase before the show.

You you can find more information about the show on the Detroit Actor’s Theatre Company’s Facebook page.


via Clutch and Throttle

For today’s interview, Jer spoke with Brad Touchette, owner of a new, 2,000 square-foot motorcycle accessory, service and repair shop called Clutch & Throttle. Brad stopped by the Podcast Detroit Shipping Company studio to talk about it and their grand opening party.

Lastly, a couple fun links to Detroit-related material we thought you’d enjoy:

The New Yorker has a nifty new video on Detroit as part of its “Then and Now” video series. It presents past and present images of downtown Detroit streetscapes and automobile assembly lines.

And the Detroit Free Press has a neat photo gallery of Belle Isle back in the 70s and 80s.

Thanks for reading our email newsletter and listening to our show. We’ll see you tomorrow.

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Watch A Walking Tour Of The New Detroit Shipping Company Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:55:45 +0000
Today is the soft opening for the Detroit Shipping Company, the new food court/biergarden/art gallery/event space made out of shipping containers in Midtown the lower Cass Corridor. While it doesn’t open for real until July 30, we got a chance to check it out during a VIP preview party this week, and we shot this video to show you around.

The facility has six restaurants, two full-service bars, a Falling Down Beer Co. microbar, a combination coffee shop/ice cream parlor, popup retail space and indoor and outdoor seating. Plus, Podcast Detroit has a new studio there, where we figure to be recording lots of episodes while overlooking the back of the Masonic Temple and the downtown skyline.

It’s a super cool space and definitely worth a visit.

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Developers Demolish Pharmacy For New 7.Liv Project at 7 Mile and Livernois Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:17:04 +0000 Activity at the site of the $8 million 7.Liv mixed-use development has entered a new phase with the demolition of a former pharmacy next to the long-vacant B. Siegel Department Store on the corner of 7 Mile and Livernois on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion.

The corner has been busy for months, with crews working on underground infrastructure having dug up the entire corner. Today we were driving past on the way to grab lunch up the street when we noticed the entire former Revco pharmacy structure on the corner was demolished and being cleared.

A rendering of the 7.Liv development. | Bagley Forest Properties

Developer Bagley Forest Properties plans to restore the B. Siegel building and build a 10,000 square-foot retail building on the corner, with space for an anchor restaurant and retail businesses. Also planned are 10 residential units geared for students of the nearby University of Detroit-Mercy and Marygrove College, plus 29 underground parking spaces, according to Curbed Detroit. The development is being led by Matt Hessler, who redeveloped the building at Cass Avenue and Peterboro in Midtown that houses the Peterboro restaurant, 8 Degrees Plato and other businesses.

It’s further indication that the Avenue of Fashion is changing.


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Better Made Chips Is Expanding Distribution To 14 New States Tue, 10 Jul 2018 19:11:55 +0000

Beloved hometown brand Better Made says it plans to expand distribution of its chips and snacks to 14 new states.

The company says its taking advantage of small distributors and demand from Michigan ex-pats now living in other states. 

Soon you will be able to buy Better Made potato chips and other snacks in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

Crain’s Detroit Business also reports Better Made has distributors in Japan and Qatar. It plans to expand to more states later in the year.


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Listen: Royal Oak. Restaurant Rumble, This Week In Detroit City FC With Fletcher Sharpe Tue, 10 Jul 2018 02:43:24 +0000

And we’re back from the summer holiday week… and right into a rumble among Royal Oak, Michigan restaurants in regard to parking and the future of the city. We also dive into some recent closings around Detroit and openings…

Also, should rangers at Michigan State Parks carry guns? In other state park news – specifically Belle Isle – The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear is scheduled to present their proposal to bring the race back to the the island next year...

Olympia Development, residents and the city are tussling over the possibility of a historic district near the new Little Caesars Arena…

Detroit’s beloved Better Made Snack Foods is going to expand to many more states around the nation…

The city of Detroit says that more than 8,000 young people from age 14 to 24 will get six weeks of on-the job experiences and job training….

Woodward Avenue is getting national love on the new PBS series “10 Streets That Changed America.” Be sure to check that out Tuesday…

Fletcher Sharpe joins us to talk Detroit City FC. His tip? You’re going to want to see these international friendlies coming up in the next few weeks…

And, just for kicks, we remind you about a funny and entertaining series at Go Comedy! Improv Theater you’ll want to check out on Thursday, Let’s Just Say: Admire.

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NEWS BYTE: 24-Hour Bus Service Improvements In City, Demo Day, This Week In Detroit City FC & More Mon, 25 Jun 2018 23:45:43 +0000

This is your show for June 25, 2018:

– The Detroit Department of Transportation plans a series of public meetings to share details and gather feedback about changes it plans to make to DDOT bus service starting in September. That’s when DDOT says it plans to start rolling out improvements to its 10 24-hour bus routes including Wi-Fi service, upgrades to bus stops, improved buses and easier fare payment.

– A number of Detroit businesses won grants or interest-free loans totaling $1.2 million dollars over the weekend at Quicken Loans Demo Day. We’re joined by Dr. Paul Thomas of Plum Health DPC to talk about his experience winning his $50k award.

– Detroit’s historic United Sound Systems recording studio is for sale for $1.5 million. The two-story 9,700 square foot brick house near Wayne State University and the New Center is said to be Detroit’s oldest and still-operating independent recording studio.

– A restaurant roundup of Chick P and Clementina in downtown Detroit and the purchase price for Como’s, which isn’t so outlandish in Ferndale’s hot restaurant scene

– Fletcher Sharpe joins us as he does every week during the season for the Detroit City FC coverage of the week before and the week ahead. Of course, we also get into some World Cup discussions as well.

– And, it’s going to hot this weekend. Really, really, hot.

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Detroit Wing Company Opened Monday Inside MGM Grand Detroit Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:41:06 +0000

The Detroit Wing Company has opened its third location inside the MGM Grand Casino hotel on Monday. It is located in the Breeze Dining Court.

This is the third location for the Eastpointe-based restaurant and the first location inside the city of Detroit.

We’re told there will be 10 Detroit Wing Company sauces and the menu includes sides like mac and cheese, poutine and cornbread.

Opened in 2015, this year restaurant was voted “Best Chicken Wings” by the readers of HOUR Detroit Magazine.

There are also locations in Eastpointe and Chesterfield and they’re planning to open in Southfield and Taylor later this year.

The Detroit Wing Company is open daily at 11 a.m inside the MGM Grand Detroit.

This story first appeared on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast.

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Slows BBQ In Corktown Wants To Celebrate Sausage With New Hot Dog Pop-Up Called “Side Piece” Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:19:24 +0000 Slows BBQ is getting into the pop-up hotdog stand business.

On Wednesdays this summer, the popular BBQ joint is turning their patio on the side of their Corktown restaurant on Michigan Avenue into “Side Piece.”

The hotdog pop-up with a menu curated by Chef Ryan Esker includes sausages topped with ingredients like pickled carrot, cucumber and kimchi mayo; pastrami, kraut and hot brown mustard; and sherry caramelized onion, gruyere and bacon jam.

The menu, according to a release, will rotate weekly with snacks, sides, a list of summery beers as well as boilermakers, rye punch and wine in a can.

Side Piece opens up for the summer on Wednesday, June 20 starting at 5 p.m.

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Tillamook Dairy’s Yum Buses To Bring Free Ice Cream To Detroit, Royal Oak Next Week Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:12:56 +0000

Oregon-based Tillamook Dairy is expanding in the midwest, so they’re hitting the road and it means Detroiters will have a shot at free ice cream. Here’s how.

The Tillamook Road Trip will feature Yum Buses. They’re retrofitted minibuses that will be making stops all around town from June 16 through July 1.

The Yum Bus will be passing out free ice cream and Tillamook Gear. You will be able to find them at some of the best places in town Le Petite Zinc, Lover’s Only, Founder’s Brewing Company, The Siren Hotel, and the Royal Oak Farmers Market.

You can find the complete schedule for the Tillamook Yum Bus here

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