July 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm

New Drive Table Tennis Social Club brings pingpong downtown

Owner Diallo Smith opened Drive Table Tennis and Social Club in June. (Melody Baetens / The Detroit News)

Get social, put down the smartphone and pick up a pingpong paddle at Drive Table Tennis Social Club, which opened in the Penobscot Building in downtown Detroit in June.

Owner Diallo Smith saw a similar venue in New York City and thought the concept would be perfect for Detroit. The name of the bar not only pays homage to Detroitís automotive history, but itís also a pingpong term.

The food menu is simple, with appetizers, sandwiches, salads and hot dogs. Thereís also a full bar. Get $1 off drinks during happy hour, 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Rent one of the Olympic-quality tables for $10 for 30 minutes or $15 for an hour. Drive is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-midnight Fri. and 2 p.m.-midnight Sat. Reservations are accepted.

Dakota Inn opens 81st year

Traditional German restaurant Dakota Inn opens after a summer break Aug. 6 to kick of its 81st year in business.

The Rathskeller, known for hearty food and beer and social sing-a-longs, opened in 1933 by Karl Kurz and is still owned by his grandson Karl E. Kurz.

Piano-led sing-a-longs start Friday and run every Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Once Oktoberfest starts, the piano player is replaced by a full band. Make reservations now for your group during Oktoberfest, which is Sept. 19-Nov. 1.

Find the Dakota Inn at 17324 John R in Detroit. Call (313) 867-9722.

Deliciously brief

■Woodchips BBQ opened this week in downtown Lapeer. The burgers and barbeque joint has a full bar with an emphasis on local beer and flights of whiskey.

■Bigalora in Ann Arbor and Southfield has started hosting lunch specials 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, and Friday only at the Royal Oak spot. The special features free soup or salad and soft drink with any pizza, pasta or entree purchase.

Food and beverage events

Farmersí Market at Campus Martius: Locally grown fruit and vegetables, baked goods, jams, snacks and more.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 22.

800 Woodward, Detroit.


Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor: Nine days of beer-friendly events throughout two cities. Fri.-Aug. 9. www.visitypsinow.com/yabw

Summer Beer Fest at Royal Oak Farmers Market: Sample beers and ciders from breweries across the country and play games like giant Jenga and birdy golf. 7:30-11 p.m. Sat., 6:30 p.m. VIP entry. $45, $65 VIP. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. (248) 202-4662.

Local Roots Blues, Brews and Evening Dining BBQ at Greenfield Village: This backyard-style barbeque dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients includes two drink tickets. 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 8. $68 (includes tax and tip). 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. (313) 982-6001.

Ferragosto Fest at Paesanoís Restaurant and Wine Bar: Italian food and tent party with music and dancing. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14. $60. 3411 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor. (734) 971-0484.

30th Anniversary at Paesanoís Restaurant and Wine Bar: Retro menu and dancing. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15. $30. 3411 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor. (734) 971-0484.

Chefís cooking class and dinner at Rattlesnake Club: Executive Chef Chris Franz grills on the restaurantís patio and offers tips to guests. Menu to be announced. 2-4 p.m. Aug. 16. $65. 300 River Place, Detroit. (313) 567-4400.

Sarap pop-up dinner at Great Lakes Culinary Center: Filipino inspired cuisine; menu TBA. Vegetarian option available. 5 and 8 p.m. Aug. 16. $50. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield. www.sarapdetroit.com

Cruise & Brew on Detroit Princess Riverboat: Sample craft beer and hard cider as you float down the Detroit river on this classic riverboat. Tickets include 15 tasting tickets and appetizers. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 22. $55. Boat docks at 201 Civic Center, Detroit. (248) 850-2563.

Big Grill Burger Bash at Royal Oak Farmers Market: More than 25 restaurants vie for the title of Michiganís Best Burger. Samples include beef, turkey, vegan and vegetarian options, plus craft beer sampling. 8 p.m. Aug. 22. $55, $75 VIP. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. www.TheBigGrillBurgerBash.com

Food and Wine Festival at Meadow Brook Music Festival: Sample wines from more than 150 wineries and buy bottles to take home. There will also be food, wine seminars and live music. 1-9 p.m. Aug. 23 and 1-5:30 p.m. Aug. 24. $25, $10 designated drivers. 5443 Walton, Rochester Hills. (248) 377-0100.