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After a few weeks of soft service and a test kitchen with limited menu, Briggs Detroit is officially open.

Located at Jefferson and Beaubien where Tom’s Oyster Bar used to be, Briggs Detroit is the first gay-owned bar in downtown Detroit since the early 1990s, say owners Tim Moored and Rocco Tossone.

Tossone says the bar represents the LGBT community in Detroit and he wants it to be a gathering place for everybody.

“We have had such a great mix of people stopping into and from the Lions games, or catching the World Series on the TVs,” says Tossone. He and Moored used to own the Fern, a restaurant in downtown Ferndale. “Both the staff and the customers represent the diversity of Detroit...black, white Hispanic, Arabic, straight, gay...we love it.”

Tossone says the name Briggs is an homage to former name of Tiger Stadium. The pair were originally looking to open the bar in Corktown, but they didn’t have any luck finding a building.

There are other nods to Detroit’s sports history on the menu like the Navin Burger made with Piedmontese beef, roasted mushrooms and swiss.

Look for local beer from classic labels like Motor City Brewing Works’ Ghettoblaster to new stuff like Roaka Cadabra from Royal Oak’s ROAK. In addition to 24 beers on draft, Briggs will have two carbonated cocktails on tap.

Briggs Detroit has a room in back of the bar that can be used for weekend dancing or private parties. A rooftop deck will open next spring.

Briggs is open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily with the kitchen closing at 10 p.m. Weekend brunch service – Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. – will start in a few weeks.

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