5 New Restaurants Opening This Summer in Detroit
By: Michael Fossbakk
July 20, 2016
Detroit is becoming a bit of a hub for food aficionados and the casual diner alike. Taking a look at what is on the horizon for Detroit’s restaurant scene can be daunting and while this doesn’t serve as a complete list of new and upcoming restaurants that call Detroit home, here are a few worth checking out this summer.
With a takeout-only location already up and running in Clawson, Atomic Chicken plans to bring a more traditional fast-casual dining experience to Detroiters at its upcoming Woodward Ave. location. Fittingly, the new shop is replacing a former Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen so it can serve up chicken and waffles, among other chicken dishes, to hungry patrons. The Detroit location will also have a liquor license and, for added convenience, an online ordering app.
Located on Gratiot Avenue, Gather, which will seat up to 40, is an eatery that will have an open kitchen design, using a wood-fired grill to make menu items like crispy pork belly with “black” squid ink noodles, seasoned bison burgers, sweet potato steaks and more. The minds behind Gather are Kyle and Leah Hunt, as well as chef Nate Vogeli. Currently, Gather is expected to open in September.
A restaurant that has been teased through a series of pop-ups in the Detroit area, Grey Ghost is something of a mystery. Designed to seat 80, the E. Watson St. location is the brainchild of culinary chefs John Vermiglio and Josef Giacomino, formerly of Chicago’s Matthias Merges restaurant group. The idea behind Grey Ghost is to have a restaurant in Detroit centered around meat. Those aforementioned pop-ups featured a different type of meat (beef, poultry, etc) at each one. Expect to see Grey Ghost open its doors “way soon,” according to their Facebook page.
The mysterious acronym O.W.L. is just that: a mystery. Not even owners, Joe, Kristin and Larry Bongiovanni, will tell diners what the acronym stands for and would actually rather have their customers come up with their best guess as to what it stands for. My bet is on Open Way Late because this two-week old American-Mexican, fast-casual diner is open 24 hours a day, six days a week, closing at 10 p.m. on Sundays.
The road to owning and operating their own location (instead of operating out of Woodbridge Pub) has been a long and arduous one for the folks behind pizzeria Pie-Sci. The Trumbull St. location is expected to open in July, and begin tossing and serving delicious pizza to, well, everyone (because who doesn’t love a good pizza?).