2020 was a hard year for everyone. For those in the food and beverage industry, however, the ever-changing guidelines and ever haunting fears and worries about the COVID-19 virus made keeping their doors open almost impossible. As Detroit begins to resurface from the pandemic, however, new birth and regrowth have been sprouting up throughout the city. A spring season after a long, long winter.
Though most of us cannot support every business—old or new— all the time, there are those of us who like to spread our love around the city as much as we can. If you’re looking for some new places to show some support for, here are five new, brick and mortar food and beverage businesses to visit during this season of regrowth in Detroit. Let’s keep blooming, Detroit!
New York’s beloved Mister Dips began in a retrofitted 1974 Airstream serving burgers, waffle fries and ice cream in Brooklyn, New York. 2021 brought about new things for Mister Dips as two brick and mortar locations were opened, one in the Manhattan Seaport, and one in Parker Alley of Downtown Detroit. Mister Dips, as a part of the NoHo Hospitality Group, is connected with other Detroit favorites with Alley access such as Evening Bar, The Brakeman, Penny Red’s, and San Morello.
You can find Mister Dips’ Detroit Location at: 19 E Grand River Ave, Parkers Alley, Detroit, MI 48226
Owners Jo Cho and Jin Cha opened The Goblin’s first location in Clinton Township back in 2019, and have now expanded to a Detroit location. The Detroit location rests in Southwest Detroit, right around the corner from Honey Bee Market. It’s bright purple signage and large windows offer a view of the simple white and pastel interior which create an alluring and enticing ambiance. Cho and Cha pride themselves on using quality ingredients and also promote live stream events of the sushi chefs at work.
You can find Goblin’s Southwest location at: 2547 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216
MOTOR CITY BREWING WORKS
Detroit’s oldest operating brewery, Motor City Brewing Works, recently celebrated the opening of their second location on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion. The brewery’s owner, John Linardos, lives locally and looks to continue to implement collaborations with local music and artists as much as possible. Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion has seen an immense amount of growth over the past few years. From Greenways to new businesses to more frequented longer standing businesses, the neighborhood is looking towards a brighter and locally supported future.
You can find Motor City Brewing Works’ new location at: 19350 Livernois Ave. Detroit, MI 4822
MILK & FROTH
Similar to Mister Dips but something of Detroit’s own, Milk & Froth began in a truck—an ice cream truck to be exact. Co-founders Alexis Matteson and Deion Cao wanted to start Milk & Froth as a way to provide something lacking in Downtown Detroit: quality, artisanal ice cream. Since 2019, Matteson and Cao have been doing just that and have created enough of a loyal following to open a brick and mortar location which will serve artisanal vegan and classic dairy ice cream year round.
You can find Milk & Froth’s Brick and Mortar location at: 535 Griswold Ste 112, Detroit, MI 48226
Good Cookies began out of owner’s Jeffery Gisstennar’s home in the University District in 2013. Now, Gisstennar has happily opened his brick and mortar location which will serve not only as a hub for freshly baked cookies, breakfast goods, and beverages, but also as a place for the neighborhood to gather, socialize, study, and enjoy the arts. Good Cookies, located in Gisstennar’s childhood neighborhood, North Rosedale Park, welcomes anyone within walking distance or beyond to join the community of local residents, employees, and artists that are hosted with a smile and the smell of freshly baked cookies.
You can find Good Cookies’ brick and mortar at: 19007 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48219
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