Cheers: Kuzzo’s opens this week

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

The combo of crispy fried chicken and sweet, syrupy waffles is growing in popularity, and Kuzzo’s in Detroit opened this week with multiple versions of the dish.

Named after a term of endearment (like calling someone “cousin”) Kuzzo’s had a soft opening Tuesday at 19345 Livernois near Outer Drive. This week customers got their first taste of the What Up Doe, a chicken and waffles dish that includes three pieces of chicken, two waffles, grits, eggs and cheese.

For a lighter plate (relatively), the Dark and Lovely has one thigh, one drumstick and one waffle. Go all out with the Big Papa: a 10 ounce T-bone steak, waffle, two eggs and potatoes.

Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles, which is owned by former St. Louis Rams player and Detroit native Ron Bartell, also has omelets, sandwiches, salads, a children’s menu and loads of sides, including red beans and rice, green beans, mac and cheese, fruit and candied yams.

The beverage menu features Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company products and homemade lemonade. We’re told that a cocktail bar will be added in the next few weeks. Expect craft cocktails made with Detroit-based spirits and Michigan beer.

Kuzzo’s is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Call (313) 861-0229 for carry out orders.

Major in brewing at two Kalamazoo colleges

Michigan continues to grow as a craft beer destination as Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University team up to offer a higher education program in sustainable brewing.

Starting this fall, students can earn a certificate or associate degree at KVCC and then take additional classes at WMU to obtain the Bachelor of Science degree. The science-heavy curriculum was built with input from the state’s top craft brewers.

Oxford Inn final service

Royal Oak’s Oxford Inn will close next week, making way for a new restaurant, Jim Brady’s Detroit. The Oxford’s final service will be 3-9 p.m. Feb. 8. It’s open every day through then, except for Sunday.

Food and beverage events

Birmingham Restaurant Week: Three-course lunches for $15 and dinner for $30 at participating restaurants, including 220, Cafe Via, Fleming’s Prime, Forest Grill, Phoenicia, Social Kitchen & Bar, Toast and more. Today-Fri. and also Mon.-Feb. 6. Make reservations directly with the restaurant. Visit for more info.

Belgian Beer Festival at Ashley’s: Now in its fifth year, this 10-day promotion features more than 200 Belgian beers from more than 80 breweries, plus Belgian food and special events like a sour beer happy hour, Valentine’s Day Belgian dinner for two and a Belgian waffle brunch. Feb. 5-15. Prices vary. 7525 Wayne, Westland. (734) 525-1667.

2015 Lost in the Woods at HopCat Detroit: A release party for New Belgium’s La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek with live entertainment by the Native Howl. Other New Belgium beers are also available, and nature-themed costumes are encouraged. 7-10 p.m. Feb. 7. $40. 4265 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 769-8828. Tickets at

Vodka Vodka at Royal Oak Music Theatre: One of the most popular booze-tasting parties of the year, this Russian-themed event has a larger location for 2015. Besides more than 60 vodkas, the event will include a fashion show by designers Camilo Pardo and Emily Thornhill. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7. $15-$60. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

Whiskey Business at Royal Oak Farmers Market: Products from around the world, plus expert speakers like Kent Rabish of Grand Traverse Distillery, Master of Whisky Cheryl Alagna and Marianne Barnes of Brown-Forman Corporation (Jack Daniels, Woodford Reserve). The event also has food, beer and entertainment. 7:30-11 p.m. Feb. 21, VIP entry starts at 6:30 p.m. $50, $70 VIP, $15 designated drivers. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.

Michigan Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ball Park: One of the biggest beer events in the state, this 10th annual festival features 800 craft beers from 88 Michigan breweries. 3-7 p.m. Feb. 27 and 1-6 p.m. Feb. 28. $45 in advance. 4500 West River Drive Northeast, Grand Rapids.

Melody Baetens