Detroit’s Best and Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings, Fall 2022

We’ve seen many long-awaited restaurant openings in Metro Detroit get some love over the summer and a few that come much closer to fruition. With many advances in COVID-19 vaccines, we are seeing some momentum with projects that have long been delayed for various reasons.

An opening date is a moving target for any restaurant, but for now, here are some of the most exciting restaurants slated to open in the next few months.


Trumbull Brewery and Distillery

Opening the project: End of 2023

Key players: Rick Stanza and Mike Gill

In a 5,000 square foot space, Trumbull Brewing and Distillery will produce beer, cider, wine and spirits on site. Food options will also be available such as American cuisine with vegan and vegetarian options. As of September 2022, a source of funding to cover the cost of the renovations is still ongoing. 1515 W. Lafayette, Detroit.


cibo

Projected opening: End of 2022

Key player: Koucar Management

The future Cambria Hotel downtown will feature a few new food and beverage options. For fine dining options, Cibo Detroit will serve a fusion of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Greek and Italian cuisine. Alongside Cibo, a third location for the fast-casual Detroit Taco Company is slated to open in late fall. For nightlife, a rooftop bar called Cielo Detroit is set to launch in the spring of 2023 or weather permitting, the lobby bar, Beve Detroit, will offer local beers and tapas, and a speakeasy that has no yet been named will be launched next year. The hotel, located in the former home of WWJ Radio, will include 158 hotel rooms. 600 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit.


Paradise Deli and Marketplace

Projected opening: April/May 2023

Key players: Nezaa Bandele, Allied Media Projects

Mama Nezaa has been feeding activists her Caribbean-inspired cuisine through her restaurant and pop-up company Paradise Foods for decades. Now she’s working on opening a restaurant called Paradise Deli and Marketplace, offering groceries, take-out options, a cafe, nutrition classes, and a ghost kitchen. The new space will hire nearby residents and will be located on the ground floor of the Love Building, currently being redeveloped as the new headquarters for the nonprofit Allied Media Projects. 4641 Grand River Avenue, Detroit.


Pop’s Corner Cafe and Market

Projected opening: End of 2023

Key players: Rick Stanza, Jonathan Hartzell, Ashley Price

In the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood of Detroit, Pop’s Corner Cafe and Market is intended to provide local residents with fresh food options. The 1,800-square-foot former liquor store is named after “Pops,” the space’s former owner and local staple, who recently passed away from COVID-19. His sons sold the building and Detroit Rising Development now uses the property to provide a quick stop for coffee from James Oliver Coffee, donuts, bagels, and more. Stanza tells Eater that he is still working to determine a source of funding to complete the project. 2740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit.


soul of detroit

Projected opening: End of 2022

Key players: Jerome B. Brown, Samuel VanBuren

The original Detroit Soul will soon host a second location on East Jefferson. The company started as a take-out and catering business on Eight Mile and is now bringing flavor to the Far East with dinner seating as well as take-out. 14300 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit.


Bashan Detroit

Design by Simeone Deary

Projected opening: Fall 2022

Key players: Four-Man Scale, Michael Gray

The operators behind Gray Ghost and Second Best bar, both in Brush Park, are working on opening an izakaya-inspired spot, Bashan, near Little Caesars Arena. Named after a mythological fire-breathing fowl, Basan will emphasize the Japanese fireside cooking method – robatayaki (or robata) izakaya. Chefs John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino will create dishes such as fried bologna bao and shoyu-glazed baby back ribs with wasabi potato dumplings, while Will Lee will continue his bartending magic as beverage director. 2703 Park Avenue, Detroit.


midnight temple

Projected opening: Spring 2022

Key players: Akash Sudhakara and Chief Bharath Reddy

This Indian street food spot opened briefly in 2020 when operators started cooking masala dosa, Hakka noodles, samosas and other dishes from an outdoor space on Riopelle in the Eastern Market . This experience was short-lived, but Midnight Temple operates outdoors as the owner continues to renovate its interior space with guest chefs, weekend DJs and henna parties will also be regular features. 2466 Riopelle Street, Detroit.


Jollibee

Projected opening: End of 2022

Founded in 1978 in the Philippines, Jollibee has enjoyed resounding success since the fast-food chain began expanding in the United States. Famous for its fried chicken, spaghetti, peach-mango pie and family buckets, Michigan’s first location is set to open this summer in a former Denny’s near Hall Road. Construction on the 2,500 square foot space was scheduled to begin in January 2022 and is expected to employ around 75 workers. 44945 Woodridge Drive, Sterling Heights.


Rosemary

Projected opening: End of 2022

Key player: Chief Maxcel Hardy

This casual dining spot is among chef Maxcel Hardy’s upcoming projects. Rosemary will offer 25 seats in a historic plaza alongside the Red Jazz Shoe Shine Parlor in the North End. As the name suggests, rosemary will be central to many dishes, including rosemary garlic chicken, garlic herb roast vegetables, garlic truffle fries, blackened salmon and the rosemary-garlic bourbon steak. Rosemary will also offer weekend brunch. 9421 John R. Road, Detroit


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