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Talking Food, People And Revitalization At Detroit's Oldest Restaurant

If you want to learn something about Detroit and have an authentic experience, you’ve got to go to some places with deep roots. A top qualifier on that list is the Roma Cafe, whose history goes back to 1890, and is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the city. When you step in to the restaurant on a Friday, you can’t help but notice the old school vibe. Waiters in tuxedos walk by with steaming trays of food. Portraits of past owners decorate the rooms. The bar is busy with bustling...

Gonella's Italian Subs in Southwest are a Detroit Tradition

Walking into Gonella’s foods feels like going back in time. This Southwest Detroit Italian market and sub shop has been around for 75 years and is still going strong. It’s tucked into an off-the-beaten-path enclave of the city, at the intersection of Oakwood and Powell near the Marathon Oil Refinery and the Ford River Rouge Complex. From the outside, Gonella’s is a modest brick Detroit-style building in the grassy urban countryside type of neighborhood you can find in so many places around the...

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