Lists – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:24:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 These 24 Holiday Events In Metro Detroit Will Put You In The Spirit Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:06:34 +0000  ‘Tis the season! If you’re looking for holiday events around Detroit, this is your ticket.

While putting together this list, we already saw that events were starting to sell out this early in the season, so make sure to get on it!

We’ll see you out there.

1. 14th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony

 Get into the holiday spirit in Campus Martius on Friday, November 17. Come watch the 60+ foot Norwegian Spruce from Cadillac be lit. There will be carriage rides, live performances from Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas and Thronetta Davis with special guest KEM. U.S. Olympic Medalist Jeremy Abbott will also be skating. The tree lighting will happen at 8:00 p.m.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17 from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.

Where: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Avenue Detroit

2. Light Up Beacon Park

The Detroit Tree Lighting has expanded to Beacon Park this year. There will be a live video feed of the tree lighting, fire pits, Santa, Thronetta Davis performances, and interactive light installations by Quartier des spectacles, Montréal. There will also be free shuttles between Beacon Park and Campus Martius all evening.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17 from 5:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: Beacon Park 1903 Grand River Avenue, Detroit

3. Wayne County Lightfest at Hines Park

Get in the car and take a drive through Hines Park and enjoy the 47 plus holiday light displays. This is considered the midwest’s largest and longest light show.

You can find more information here.

Admission: $5 per vehicle

When: November 16 through December 31, 2017

Where: Entrance to the Wayne County Lightfest is 7651 Merriman Road Westland, Michigan

4. Bedrock Downtown Detroit Markets

Get your shopping done while you’re downtown at this years Downtown Detroit Markets. This year there will be 30 small businesses taking part in the markets this year.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17, 2017 – Sunday, January 7, 2018 Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Where: 1001 Woodward, Cadillac Square and Capital Park

5. Northwest Detroit Farmer’s Market Thanksgiving Market

A selection of local vendors like Baer Poultry Farm, Good Medicine Farm, Five Star Cakes, Sweet Potato Delights, Mo’ Jams and Jellies, GreenHouse Soups & Chili’s, Scott-Tish Bee and Honey, Simply Irresistible Popcorn and Mama Subee’s Kitchen will be offering their goods for an afternoon. There will be seasonal veggies and holiday décor as well.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Sunday, November 19 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: 19556 Grand River, Detroit

6. Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

What is there to say about Wild Lights at The Detroit Zoo? The zoo has been turned into a winter wonderland filled with over 5 million LED lights.

Admission: Price range from $10 to $16 depending on the entrance time and day chosen. You can purchase tickets here. Word of advice, get your tickets now. They sell out quickly.

When: November 18-19, 24-26; December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23, 26-31 5:30 to 9 p.m. select weeknights and Sundays • 5:30 pm. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Where: The Detroit Zoo 8450 W.10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

7. Holiday Markets In Eastern Market

Michigan-made holiday shopping galore will happen at Eastern Market on six different days this year. Also, Santa will be by December 9 & 10!

You can find more information here.

Price: Admission is free.

When: Here are the dates: Tuesday, November 21; Sunday, November 26; Sunday, December 3; Sunday, December 10; Sunday, December 17; and Tuesday, December 19.

Where: Eastern Market, 2934 Russell Detroit, Michigan

8. America’s Thanksgiving Parade

Strategic Staffing Solutions Float

What: The parade on Thanksgiving Day down Woodward is an annual tradition in downtown Detroit. It returns with floats and bands and fun for all ages. There are free spots to grab up the route and you can get tickets for the grandstands.

Price: Free to $70 if you want to be fancy with your tickets.

When: Thursday, November 23

Where: Downtown Detroit

9. BYOB Light Tour

If you’re looking to get on a luxury bus, drink all the things and see a bunch of lights, there’s a tour from Allstar Services that starts at the Rochester Tap Room, goes to the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo, to a few other light displays, and then to Campus Martius and back. Remember to BYOB.

Admission: $48.75-$65. Tickets here.

When: Multiple days from November 24 to December 30.

Where: Rochester Tap Room. 6870 N Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48306

10. Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk

Take a stroll through Meadow Brook while it is decorated for the holidays. The tour will end with a candy cane lane to Santa and Sweets.

Admission: $20 for adults, $7.50 for children 17 and under, children under 2 are free. There are additional discounts for Oakland University faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and military with ID. You can purchase tickets here.

When: November 24 through December 23

Where: Meadow Brook Hall 350 Estate Drive Rochester, Michigan 48309

11. Made In The Mitten Holiday Market

Looking for some cool Michigan made products to give as gifts? Check out this holiday market at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. More information found here.

Admission: $2 for adults, children under 10 are free

When: Saturday, November 25 from 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Where: Royal Oak Farmers Market 316 E 11 Mile Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

12. Santa’s Magic Forest

Taylor’s Heritage Park will be turned into Santa’s Magic Forest this holiday season. Come out and see Santa and check out the displays. Some of them are actually from the original Hudson Department Store downtown. The proceeds raised will go towards the Fish & Loaves Community Pantry.

Find out more information here.

Admission: $3, children under 3 are free. Pictures with Santa $8. Cash only

When: Saturday, November 25 through Saturday, December 23. Hours vary based on the day.

Where: Heritage Park 12111 Pardee Taylor, Michigan 48180

13. Good Karma Christmas Holiday Market and Party

This holiday market not only has an opportunity to pick up gifts but also allows you to give back to others as it is on “Giving Tuesday.” There will be local organizations and causes at the event. Bring an unwrapped gift to donate to the foster care program at the Judson Center.

You can find out more information about the organizations here.

Admission: Free

When: Tuesday, November 28 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where: The Loving Touch 22634 Woodward Avenue Ferndale, Michigan 48220

14. Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Viewing 

Got a train lover in your home? Come check out the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it passes through Romulus. There will be concessions for sale. Bundle up, bring those lawn chairs, and some non-perishable foods to donate to area food banks.

Find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Thursday, November 30 from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Romulus, North of the Romulus Historical Park, on Goddard Road.

15. Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

Holiday nights. Via The Henry Ford

Go back in time this season at Greenfield Village. The Main Street will be filled with holiday goods, food and warm beverages. The evening will finish off with a fireworks display.

 Admission: $26 for adults, $23.50 for seniors and $19.50 for children 3-11. You can also have dinner with Santa or Holiday dinner at the Eagle Tavern. You can purchase tickets here.

When: December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 19-23, 26-7 and 29-30 from 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Greenfield Village 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan 48124

16. Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Looking for some fun and quirky gifts this holiday season? If so, head over to the Masonic Temple for this three-day craft fair. You’ll never know what you’ll find with over 100 different vendors.

You can find out more information here.

Admission: $10 on Friday for opening night and $1 on Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under are free.

When: Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 3. Hours- Friday: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Where: The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street Detroit, Michigan

17. Kris Kringle Market in Rochester

Downtown Rochester will be hosting the Kris Kringle Market. This open-air market will have shopping, specialty foods, fresh greens and wreaths, and handmade gifts.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: December 1-2, Hours: Friday 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: W. Fourth Street between Walnut & Main in Downtown Rochester

18. Cranbrook House Holiday Splendor

Take a tour of the Cranbrook House as it is decorated with classic and contemporary trees, trains, and other holiday settings. Santa will also be at Cranbrook, so make your reservations now for the Santa Sighting.

Cranbrook will be a collection site for Mittens for Detroit, so bring a pair of gloves or mittens to donate.

Admission: $20 for general public, $15 for Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary Members, $10 for children ages 5-10, children under the age of 4 are free. Purchase your tickets here.

 When: Friday December 1 through Sunday, December 3. Hours Friday: 10:00 a.m.-4, Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Cranbrook House 380 Lone Pine Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303

19. Noel Night

This is the 45th year that Noel Night has taken place in Midtown and the Cultural Center. There are more than 100 institutions taking part in Noel Night. There will be carriage rides, holiday shopping, crafts, and live performances.

You can find all of the information for Noel Night here.

Admission: Free

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: Multiple locations through Midtown and Cultural Center

20. Merry & Bright Nights at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Check out the Grosse Pointe estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford decked out for the holidays. There is a strolling holiday tour of the house. Get toasty by the fire with cocoa and s’mores outside for purchase. Kids can visit with Santa and participate in a scavenger hunt.

Admission: $20 for adults, $12 for children 2-12, children under 2 are free. You can purchase tickets here.

When: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, December 7-23

Where: The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House 1100 Lake Shore Road Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan 48236

21. Belle Isle Holiday Stroll

Enjoy the holidays on Detroit’s island jewel, Belle Isle. It’s free family friendly fun with an evening stroll through the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Belle Isle Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Belle Isle Nature Center, and the Detroit Boat Club. Cider, donuts, and good times!

Admission: Free

When: Friday, December 8 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Belle Isle State Park

22. Menorah In The D

Celebrate the Festival of Lights this year by coming down to Cadillac Square when the 26-foot Menorah will be lit. There will be food, drinks, and family activities throughout the night.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Tuesday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Cadillac Square 600 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan

23. 43rd Annual Boston-Edison Holiday Home Tour

Take a stroll through historic Boston-Edison during the 43rd annual holiday home tour. This year five homes will be open to visitors of the tour.

Admission: $15 per person. You can purchase tickets online.

When: Sunday, December 15 from 9:40 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Check in for the tour at the Sacred Heart Seminary on the corner of Linwood Avenue and Chicago Boulevard.

24. Santa Pub Crawl Wyandotte

Get into the holiday spirit by going on this holiday inspired pub-crawl. Dress up like Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer, elves, or Grinch. Have a really ugly Christmas sweater? You can wear that too. There will be holiday cocktails at each bar, cookies, and a stocking.

Admission: Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

When: Saturday, December 15. Hours 9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: Pub Crawl starts at Whiskey’s on the Water 2903 Biddle Avenue Wyandotte, Michigan 48192

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These Are The 10 Most In Demand Jobs In Metro Detroit Right Now Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:18:28 +0000 There are a variety of jobs that are in demand in a local economy right now.

In the latest report from the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN), they focus on the top in-demand jobs in the Detroit metro area by number of unique job postings in the second quarter of this year. Postings overall are up 2 percent from last quarter.

For purposes of this report, we’re focusing on the Tri-county area of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties (including the city of Detroit). This includes a labor force of about 1.87 million people.

According to the data, the open jobs are in medical, sales and service fields. Here are the top ten, and here is the complete report.

10. First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers


Restaurant managers and the like. 1,701 Postings.

9. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects


Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or information technology network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions. 1,744 Postings.

8. Managers, All Other

Basically a grab bag of different kinds of managers and supervisors. 2,341 Postings.

7. Customer Service Representatives


Interacts with customers. Places orders. Handles complaints. 2,523 Postings.

6. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

Retail managers. 2,549 Postings.

5. Retail Salespersons


Pretty self-explanatory. 3,540 Postings.

4. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products)

Sells goods from manufacturers or wholesalers to other businesses or groups of people (B2B sales). 4,219 Postings.

3. Application Software Developers


They make computer programs for a variety of platforms. 5,075 Postings.

2. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers


Drives trucks and transportation equipment for industrial purposes. 6,383 Postings.

1. Registered Nurses


Nurses who are licensed to practice. 7,663 Postings.

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6 Bars Of The District Detroit & Little Caesars Arena, Ranked Wed, 25 Oct 2017 16:00:39 +0000 One of the biggest issues plaguing both Joe Louis Arena and The Palace of Auburn Hills was the lack of quality options for eating and boozing before and after games.

The Palace had well-documented struggles with this issue and the old Joe Louis Arena, while located in downtown Detroit, was nestled in a veritable concrete fortress of freeway ramps and parking structures.

Those issues are a thing of the past with the opening of The District Detroit and its crown jewel, Little Caesars Arena. The area now counts at least a half-dozen bars and restaurants in a few blocks.

With an interesting mix of old standbys and new offerings, this area is becoming a destination on game days and off nights alike.

After visiting each one, what else is there to do then but rank these establishments on a completely arbitrary scale based on my own preferences? Here we go — and feel free to tell me how you’d order them in the comments.

6. District Market Detroit

via Facebook

District Market Detroit is fully capable food court offering a variety of food and beverage options including coffee, beer, and desserts. As with its District siblings it has TVs to watch the game and easy access right into the arena. The problem is it has little else in terms of charm or uniqueness. District Market is simply “there,” which sometimes is all you need.

5. Kid Rock’s Made In Detroit

via Facebook

The atmosphere recalls a Hard Rock Café, if the only musician who ever existed was Kid Rock. I promise I didn’t set out to drop the self-proclaimed “pimp of the nation” to number five on this list, and if you enjoy the man and his music this may be your favorite spot of the bunch. However, evaluating this place objectively, it is decidedly the priciest, whether that be $11 beers or $16 sandwiches. You’ll basically be paying “stadium pricing” for any offering here. There’s a bonus for fans of the Kid — I hear he frequents the establishment and has even been known to play a few impromptu songs for the crowd lucky enough to be there.

4. Temple Bar

Temple Bar Detroit

The longest tenured bar in the area, Temple is THE best place to get cheap drinks and mingle with true locals to the area, most of whom will openly curse the Ilitches and lament the gentrification taking place in their old stomping grounds. Temple is a true dive bar that’s affectionate appeal comes in the interesting conversation and eclectic individuals you’ll meet there.

3. Harry’s Detroit

via Facebook

Harry’s is absolutely a “District Bar” whether they want the moniker or not. Nestled right in the heart of the shining gleaming new offerings, Harry’s has undergone a subtler transformation recently, painting the entire structure black. Inside is the same casual, no frills atmosphere and offerings they have always had. Nothing special to speak of but it is not the $8 Bud Lights and $18 pizzas as some the other new neighbors, which for many old-school patrons is more than enough incentive to go here.

2. Sports & Social Detroit

via Facebook

A quintessential “sports bar” this place has the requisite massive TV’s playing multiple games at a time, a decent menu selection of game day favorites, and a great outdoor bar that becomes a lively spot for drinks and conversation on the weekends and event days. The only downside here is a limited cocktail menu and poor wine selection, but hey if you’re coming here, it should be for the big game and a tall glass of beer.

1. Mike’s Pizza Bar

via Facebook

The eponymously named flagship of The Districts offerings, Mike’s Pizza takes the number on spot on this list because of a more than respectable cocktail and beer menu, and hand tossed pizzas that easily outdo the Hot ‘n Readys that made the Ilitch family a household name.

Mike’s also has a fantastic indoor/outdoor bar area when the weather is reasonable and ample big screen televisions to catch the action going on both inside the stadium and around sports world. To top it off, there’s also live music offerings most weekends just make sure to check their active Facebook page for updates on who’s playing and when.

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RIP Tom Petty. Here Are 5 Videos From His Last Detroit Show Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:26:51 +0000 A music legend has passed away. According to his Manager, Tom Petty has died. According to reports, he was found Sunday night unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home. He died Monday night at 8:40 p.m. Petty was 66.

Petty kept playing all the way to the end, including a show last Monday night wrapping up their 40th Anniversary tour.

The musician’s words turned out to be sadly prophetic that this would be the “last trip around the country” in a Rolling Stone article about the tour:

“I’m thinking it may be the last trip around the country,” says Petty. “It’s very likely we’ll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don’t think so. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We’re all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that’s a lot of time.”

Part of that busy concert schedule was a swing through the Detroit area over the summer in July, with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers playing the DTE Music Theater (it’ll always be Pine Knob to us).

So in tribute, we thought we’d grab a collection of fan videos together.

1. You Wreck Me/American Girl:

Posted by Chuck Miller


2. “Refugee”

Posted by days077a

3. “Learning To Fly”

Posted by YouTube user flightbag89

4. “Yer So Bad”

Posted by YouTube user days077a

5. “Don’t Come Round Here No More”

Posted by Kenneth Trustman

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10 Great Album Covers Featuring Detroit Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:13:04 +0000 Detroit’s not just the Motor City, we’re Motown. We have a beautiful history of musical accomplishment, and one way that’s expressed is through amazing record album covers.

Vinyl aficionados can appreciate how the art goes with the record, helping reinforce the over feel of the experience. And today, although not quite the same, there are still digital album covers to promote music and appear on our Spotify or Apple Music app.

So let’s sit back and check these out who we thought we’d highlight for a variety of reasons. Some are nods to history. Some are nods to the music itself. Others are just creative uses of the imagery of the city.

1. John Lee Hooker

“The Legendary Modern Recordings” featured a picture on the now gone Hastings Street. It’s now I-375.

2. Mule

“If I Don’t Six” is a look from a couple of cars near the Fisher Building, as well as a back cover skyline shot.

3. Terrence Parker

I’m a househead, so I love that type of Detroit sound that Terrence Parker embodies. “God Loves Detroit” is a beautifully stylized version of a shot many people see driving down I-75 with the iconic steeples that seem to match the iconic RenCen.

4. Eminem

This album that featured the old house of Marshall Mathers for the Marshall Mathers LP is burned into the memories of a generation.

5. The White Stripes

Hotel Yorba was a single released with it’s own cover. Hotel Yorba, despite all of the progress so far, hasn’t been rehabilitated but Jack White has been plowing dollars and time into the city like crazy, including opening a Third Man Records and a record pressing plant.

6. The Detroit Experiment

This compilation series had a great cover mixing Detroit’s architecture. It’s a Jazz/Electronic album by a host of great Detroit musical names including Carl Craig, saxophonist Bennie Maupin, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, pianist Geri Allen, and violinist Regina Carter.

6.5 The 10 year Anniversary re-release cover for The Detroit Experiment

Make sure to check out the track “Think Twice.”

7. Detroit

Mitch Ryder’s band “Detroit” and their self-titled LP and the wings and Detroit metal theme has inspired the look of countless artists who have paid homage to this 1970s Detroit motif. You’ll find the same flag look with feathered wings on a variety of artists with a more updated theme, including Kid Rock.

8. Jazzmen: Detroit

This cover from the mid-fifties blends cars, photography, and architecture. And screams 1950s.

9. I Wanna Go Back To Detroit City

Ok, so this is a newer release (2016), but there’s two things to note about this one. First, this cover is so clearly from another era with the font stylings and the colorization. Second, way to go for making a new album at the age of 79, Andre Williams.

10. Detroit

Yusef Lateef’s jazz album “Detroit” from 1969 has a ton of track names you’d find familiar today. Eastern Market, Woodward, and yes, I’ve played “Belle Isle” while driving around Belle Isle.

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12 Facts About The Plans For The Tallest Building In Detroit Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:18:37 +0000 This week the Bedrock team, who works for Dan Gilbert, revealed more details at a Downtown Development Authority meeting about what, if and when it is built, will become the tallest building in the city of Detroit.

Gilbert is a guy who gets things built, so let’s be honest — there’s little doubt the project will happen.

So let’s dive in.

1. It’s going to be on the old Hudson’s Department Store site

I remember that implosion in 1998. The old building was beloved by many and millions across the region had memories of it. It was 439 feet tall and had 2.2 million square feet.

2. It’s going to be 800 feet tall now

The new height makes it nearly double the old Hudson’s building and the tallest building in Detroit, and taller that the General Motors RenCen at 727 feet. It was designed by SHoP Architects.

3. You’ll be able to get some awesome views


If you’re not afraid of heights, you’ll be able to get some awesome views from the observation deck, like in Chicago. The top even looks like it might stick out a little.

4. They’ve redesigned it with an a plaza in the middle

Check this out from the meeting. Neat. There will be an auditorium, too.

5. You could live there


There’s no word on pricing, but 330 residences will be in the tower.

6. It’s going to cost a lot of money


Thought Little Caesars Arena was a big project at $863 Million? The anticipated cost of this will be larger, at $900 million.

7. There will be offices, retail and public space

This is how it’ll break down. 240,000 square feet will be office space, 100,000 square feet retail space, and 75,000 square feet of public space, including a cut-through from Woodward to Farmer.

8. Parking

700 spaces, underground for you car lovers.

9. There will be some sort of “market”

We’ll see about this one. There’s not a tenant found yet, but the floor space will be under 50,000 square feet.

10. A spinning loading dock


So that semi-trucks can easily get in and out in the dense area that is downtown, there will be a loading dock inside that spins the entire truck so it can drive in and drive out nose-first.

11. Construction is starting this year

The project breaks ground on December 1st. There are still quite a few design and financing details to work out, but the foundation work will begin. The completion timeline is still squishy.

12. The project doesn’t have a name yet


This is where you come in. What would you name it? The Gilbertower? Amazin’ Hazen’s Tower of Pingree Power? Let the imagination run wild.

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10 Menu Suggestions For Kid Rock’s New Detroit Restaurant Tue, 29 Aug 2017 22:33:50 +0000 He might or might not be running for U.S. Senate. But Kid Rock is for sure opening a restaurant at the new Little Caesars Arena, “Kid Rock’s Made In Detroit.”

The Detroit Free Press reports that the 5,800 square foot restaurant is going to have a variety of “southern” and “Detroit-inspired” dishes. The menu isn’t out yet, but we have thoughts.

And although one can always appreciate the hometown pride, sometimes things just deserve to be skewered with humor.

This is Detroit, after all. If you can’t take a joke, we’re not sure you belong here.

So here are 10 menu suggestions for the new Kid Rock restaurant.

1. Trump Tots

For his favorite president, they’re light and fluffy due to their being filled with hot air.

2. Kracker Cakes

To honor Uncle Kracker, of course.

3. Nugent Nuggets

Chicken nuggets with a little bit of anger in every bite.

4. “Cowboy” Burger

Cooked exclusively on his 100% American grill, this burger is 98% lean beef in honor of the song “Cowboy” and its 1998 release date.

5. Hater Taters

Kid Rock isn’t about the haters, so he’d make a statement with this dish of spicy potatoes. Bonus: Thanks to a reader suggestion, they’d be served next to Bawitda-brats.

6. All Summer Lager

Their signature beer for summertime, to compliment his “American Badass” line of brews.

7. Putin-e

A spin on the French Canadian dish Poutine that’s taken the city by storm the last couple years. This is cheese fries (orange colored), smothered in Russian dressing along with some secret ingredients that are only available after an investigation.

8. BawitdaBBQ

Much like the song lyrics, we can’t quite understand what’s exactly in it or why people like it. But it’ll be be one of the most popular dishes on the menu.

9. Only God Knows Why You Ordered This

The name of the deep-fried appetizer sampler platter, of course.

10. Bahn Free 

A dish inspired by the south, Kid Rock’s song “Born Free,” and has a Vietnamese twist as it utilizes Bahn Mi.

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Meet The 12 Restaurants In Metro Detroit’s First Black Restaurant Week Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:37:12 +0000 Metro Detroit has our fair share of restaurant weeks throughout the year.

Restaurant weeks are used to give diners an opportunity to try restaurants that they might have thought to try, often with a reduced price or specials to bring folks in the door.

The newest restaurant week is the Metro Detroit Black Restaurant Week is being organized by and TheStrangeRootsBox.

The week long event began on Monday, August 21 and runs through this Sunday, August 27. The Metro Detroit Black Restaurant Week will feature twelve restaurants around Detroit and Royal Oak.

Organizers Lauren Bates and Kwaku Osei-Bonsu hope that Metro Detroit Black Restaurant Week will bring attention to dining establishments that are owned by African Americans.

“We were inspired by the progress that the city is making. It was simple. We didn’t want to see black people, black-owned businesses, and the culture that uplifts them both, erased from the progress that the city of Detroit is making,” said Osei-Bonsu.  “It was all about making sure that we are being included in the narrative. This is only the beginning of much more to come. As the city moves forward, inevitably, so will we. However, if we are going to do this it’s going to require more than protesting. It requires action. This is action. Togetherness in action.”

There are two categories that diners can choose from – fine dining or casual dining.

The fine dining category will offer a three course lunch for $25 per person or a three course dinner for $35 per person.

The casual dining option will feature an entree with two sides and a drink for $15 per person.

The menus for the restaurant week on the Black Metro Eats website.

First, the “Fine Dining” restaurants:


SavannahBlue via Facebook

This place is swank and tasty. 1431 Times Square Detroit, Michigan 48226

Le Crepe

via Black Metro Eats

This place is BYOB and has sweet and savory crepes. They also offer gluten free and vegan options. 317 South Washington Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

Brix Wine & Charcuterie Bar

Brix via Facebook

This place just opened up in an old bank building at Van Dyke and Kercheval. So this seems like a great excuse to check it out. The West Village food scene is hopping – it’s home to Sister Pie, Yum Village (that’s next on the list), Detroit Vegan Soul and more. 7968 Kercheval, Detroit, Michigan 48214

River Bistro

Photo via River Bistro website

They’re offering a choice of Jerk Chicken or Salmon, and for dessert? A rum pound cake. 18456 Grand River, Detroit, Michigan 48223


Outside of Ima.

We’ve written this one up before, but here’s a place where you can get a good noodle bowl. 2015 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48216

And now the “Casual Dining” restaurants:

Sweet Potato Sensations

Legendary. Just go. It might sound like sacrilege to highlight something other than their pie or the sweet potato waffles, but this joint has skills. Try the Lemon Chess pie. 17337 Lahser Detroit, Michigan 48219

The Jamaican Pot

via Jamaican Pot Facebook

Love some good Jamaican food. Important to note that this place is carryout only, but it’s on point. 14615 West 8 Mile Detroit, Michigan 46235

Detroit Vegan Soul

Via Detroit Vegan Soul Facebook Page

What this place does right is right in the name. It’s a great twist on soul food. Multiple locations at 8029 Agnes Detroit, Michigan 48214 and 19614 Grand River Detroit, Michigan 48223

Yum Village Food Truck

We’ve had Godwin, the proprietor, on our Happy Hour podcast before – and he brings the heat and the tasty goodness with his Nigerian fusion fare. 18456 Van Dyke Detroit, Michigan 48214

Sweet Soul Bistro

via Google Streetview

This one is over by DMC Sinai Grace. They’re offering Sweet and Savory Lamb Chops with a choice of side. Of course, I’d get Mac and Cheese. 13741 W McNichols Detroit, Michigan 48235

1917 American Bistro

A neat location and friendly service. The veggie stir fry was on point the last trip I had here. 19416 Livernois, Detroit, Michigan 48221

Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles

Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles

This has quickly become a mainstay on Livernois Avenue. I always get my Chicken and Waffles with Kool Aid when I’m here. 19345 Livernois, Detroit, Michigan 48221

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16 Beautiful Reasons Why Detroit Has The Best Public Art Around Tue, 18 Jul 2017 02:53:05 +0000 Detroit might be known for manufacturing, but we’re also a city of art.

There are so many amazing pieces in the city that we can’t possibly include them all in one post, but we thought we’d gather some of our favorite murals, parks and bits of artistic whimsy around town.

This is meant as a conversation starter. We’d like to eventually build a map of all the art around town. Get in touch here with your tips.

The thing about public art and street art is that over time it can change. Pieces come, pieces go. But the artistic energy coursing through the veins of our city continues to flow.

1. Dabls African Bead Museum

Not only is the inside of the place cool, but the outside is a huge lot 18 creative outdoor installations that are vignettes of curated, found art. 6559 Grand River Avenue.

2. Detroit Tardis

This recent addition is in the whimsy category. This is actually a “Little Library,” where people can take a book and/or leave a book for the community. More on the background here. It made national news. Corner of Vermont and Warren in Woodbridge.

3. Monumental Kitty

Monumental Kitty. Daily Detroit photo.

So you’re driving on your way near I-75 in North Corktown, and there’s.. a seven foot tall brick kitty cat. It took 3,000 salvaged bricks and was created by Jerome Ferretti. Keep being weird, Detroit. 1548 West Fisher Service Drive.

4. Heidelberg Project

Any public art list has this onet. The Tyree Guyton creation spreads over a couple blocks and is known the world over for making people think and have a reaction (one way or another). We’re told it’s one of the top tourist attractions, by number of visitors, in the city of Detroit. 3600 Heidelberg Street.

5. The Birwood Wall

This is a wall with a ton of history as it’s the wall that divided the mostly black community from future white homebuyers after World War II. Although a creation of systemic racism fueled by the Federal government, the community has beautified this structure roughly located at 20194 Mendota Street in Detroit.

6. The Murals of Eastern Market

Meggs Growth Eastern Market Detroit

There are really too many to mention in one post, so we’ve tried across two (here and here). A series of pieces born out the “Murals in the Market” program, it’s taken a multitude of blank walls and turned them into art. Eastern Market.

7. Corktown Pheasant

This relatively recent piece designed by Bob Spence is unmistakable if you’re heading up Rosa Parks. 2615 Rosa Parks Boulevard.

8. Lawndale Market

Wall to wall is a loving tribute to many families over the years put together by Amad Samaan, neighborhood history has been curated in Polaroids since 1995. Yes, it’s in a private business, but it’s accessible to the public and about the community. Be sure to buy something when you visit. 1136 Lawndale Street.

9. El Asador

The piece, “Deity of Southwest Detroit” by Victor Quiñonez aka Marka27, is stunning when you drive up Springwells. Also, stop into El Asador. It’s delicious. 1312 Springwells.

10. Unity

This new piece on the side of the new 28 Grand micro-lofts in downtown Detroit is by legendary Detroit artist Charles McGee. He created various murals in the city over the years, and it’s great to see at 92 he’s still making it happen. This is his largest piece in surface area.

11. Calvin and Hobbes (With Pheasant)

Don’t know much about this one (if you do, get in touch). It’s an awesome piece of whimsy at Avery and Lysander streets in Detroit.

12. Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple

Part of a series of “Om” paintings by Nicole Macdonald4347 Trumbull Avenue

Bonus – love this interplay between the main piece on this nearby house (designed by the artist above) and the big Garfield on the upper porch. See him?

13. High Dro Zone

Commercial art that’s so eye-catching that it counts as public art is a rare feat. Freddy Diaz did it here. 9429 West Fort Street.

14. The Spirit of Buddy’s

Another well-executed piece that’s commercial in that it was created for a business, but captures the Spirit of Detroit – literally. Fel3000FT. 17125 Conant Street.

15. Intersections Park

Although the two tall art pieces have been there for awhile, the park surrounding them is a relatively recent addition designed by Jeff Klein of Detroit Farm and Garden The park honors Martin Luther King, Je. and Rosa Parks. It’s appropriately located at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks.

16. The Lincoln Street Art Park

On the other side of a recycling center, this ever-evolving, truly grassroots artistic wonderland is a feat to behold. Don’t forget to share your candy. 5926 Lincoln Street.

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8 Before And After Pictures Of Detroit’s Beautiful Book Tower Coming Back To Life Mon, 03 Jul 2017 20:35:57 +0000 The building at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Grand River has a long history, and is one of the most ornate exteriors in the city of Detroit, and possibly the United States.

For years the Book Tower was ridiculed as one of Detroit’s ugliest buildings. It turns out when the exterior gets a deep cleaning its intricate art that sits high above the city streets comes to life. Although some of us always appreciated the structure for its unique design.

It’s a rare Renaissance-style skyscraper that for a short time was the tallest building in Detroit, built in two sections – the shorter office block in 1916-17 and the tower in 1926 and designed by Louis Kamper. 

The building, bought by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate in 2015, has been undergoing an extensive renovation and restoration. It’s an ambitious project that all told by the end of the project could easily cost more than $100 million. A 2016 report says that the work will take three years.

Having visited the building a few times before it was closed in the early 2000s, it has all kinds of small architectural surprises inside and out. For instance, back then, there was a mothballed large glass dome on the third floor.

Back in 2015 we took some photos, and today took a new series that closely matches the angles of the old pictures.

The difference is striking. Take a look and enjoy.

View from the front/Washington Boulevard.

A detail as viewed from the Grand River side.

Look up!

You can really see the grime removed in this one.

Many of the details have been restored or replaced. The work done on the Caryatids is amazing.

Can you find the missing arm in the before picture above?

The front entrance is looking good.

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