The past year was explosive with restaurant openings and some high-profile closings, and 2018 is shaping up to be no slouch either.
Here are some of the new restaurants expecting to arrive on the Detroit scene in the first few months of the year:
Detroit Shipping Company: This “restaurant collective” is made out of shipping containers and will feature five food options and two bars just a stone’s throw from Little Caesars Arena. The communal space will also be available for private bookings like weddings and corporate events. 474 Peterboro, Detroit.
Detroit Club: This historic building is being revived as a social club with a public restaurant on the ground floor opening Jan. 22. 712 Cass, Detroit.
Albena: Chef Garrett Lipar’s eight-seat restaurant at the Siren Hotel is expected to debut soon in the Wurlitzer building. 1509 Broadway, Detroit.
SheWolf: Chef Anthony Lombardo’s Rome-inspired Midtown restaurant SheWolf will specialize in pasta and employ techniques the chef learned while living in Italy for nearly two years. The 3,300-square-foot restaurant will be on Selden between Cass and Second next to Honest John’s.
Second Best: The folks behind popular Midtown restaurant Grey Ghost will open Second Best, a more casual, 60-seat watering hole this spring. It will be open daily 4 p.m.-2 a.m. and serve bar food and beer-and-shot specials. The space was formerly occupied by the Heidelberg Project. 42 Watson, Detroit.
Lovers Only: Eli Boyer, proprietor of Ferndale seafood gem Voyager, along with chefs Justin Tootla and Jennifer Jackson will open a hamburger and sandwich restaurant in Detroit’s revived Capitol Park. 34 W. Grand River, Detroit.
Cork & Gable: This Italian-Irish-German restaurant and bar is in the same building as Two James Spirits, and it is the brainchild of executive chef Matt McGrail and longtime building owner Joe Mifsud. They plan to open this April. Michigan at 16th, Detroit.
Cannelle Coffee & Pastries: French-trained chef Matt Knio will open his second-area pastry shop in Detroit’s Capitol Park. His Birmingham shop Cannelle Patisserie sells baguettes, croissants and eclairs. Grand River and Griswold, Detroit.
Empty spaces: We’ll be keeping an eye on some of the prime spots expected to be filled soon, like the 71st and 72nd floors of the Renaissance Center (Coach Insignia moved out in February) and the ground floor of the Madison Building where Angelina’s Italian Bistro was until earlier this month. Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille served its last meal New Year’s Eve next to the Fox Theater, leaving a big hole right on Woodward, too.