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Cheers: Hot restaurant openings in 2016

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Last year the influx of new restaurants in Metro Detroit, especially in the city proper, continued. Expect more of the same in 2016.

Here’s a look at some of the more anticipated food businesses that are scheduled to open in the first half of this year:

Stache International: Currently the menu of house-smoked meats and inventive bar food at Stache can be ordered from the bar next door, Thomas Magee’s Sporting House Whiskey Bar. On Jan. 14, however, the Eastern Market restaurant will open its own renovated and smartly-decorated space with counter and table seating. Look for Mediterranean-style chicken wings, savory egg rolls and a lot of house-made sausages. 1420 E. Fisher, Detroit. (313) 974-6895.

The Peterboro: Part of the revival of the Cass Corridor’s historic Chinatown, this long-awaited restaurant will serve Asian-American food and craft cocktails. A preview dinner held at Wright & Co. included dishes like scallop crudo, crab rangoon, salt and pepper shrimp, ribs and almond boneless chicken. The Peterboro is owned by Dave Kwiatkowski and Mark Djozlija, the folks behind Wright & Co. Kwiatkowski tells us that Peterboro is aiming for an early spring opening. 420 Peterboro, Detroit.

Katoi: Chef Brad Greenhill’s Thai-inspired cuisine has been served at Two James Distillery and at a brick and mortar restaurant at 307 S. Fifth in Ann Arbor. But more is to come. “The Mothership,” a permanent home in Corktown across from Two James, is expected to open early this year. Besides Greenhill, bar manager Andrew Pompa and host Courtney Henriette are on board. 2520 Michigan, Detroit.

Lady of the House: Expectations are high for this Corktown cafe from chef Kate Williams (Republic, Rodin). She’s aiming for a mid-summer opening. 2801 14th St., Detroit.

Granite City Food & Brewery: This chain outlet is expected to open Feb. 10 in the Renaissance Center, taking up 16,000 square feet. The beer-centric chain has restaurants in 14 states, and this is the third one in Michigan. Expect steaks, seafood and pasta, along with beer-friendly bites like wings, pretzels, burgers and nachos. 100 Renaissance Center Ste. 1102, Detroit.

Grey Ghost: Chicago chefs John Vermiglio and Josef Giacomino are set to open this meat-centric restaurant and cocktail bar in Midtown this spring. The exact location is not being revealed, but we’re told it’ll be near Brush Park. A sold-out preview dinner is scheduled for Friday at Revolver in Hamtramck.

Otus Supply: This huge Ferndale bar, restaurant and music venue is hoping for an early spring debut. The 10,000-square-foot space is being helmed by the team behind the Toast restaurants in Ferndale and Birmingham. 345 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale.

Wahlburgers: Actor Mark Wahlberg revealed last month that he and his brothers plan to bring their burger chain to Greektown in a Bedrock building as soon as this summer. The casual burger chain is featured on an A&E reality show of the same name. Besides hamburgers, the menu has sandwiches, salads, artisan sodas and a full bar. Greektown.

Rock City Eatery: After two years in Hamtramck, chef and owner Nikita Sanches is moving his restaurant to a 4,000-square-foot building in Midtown. It’s known for pies, and savory dishes like duck confit poutine, a lamb cheeseburger and macaroni and cheese served in a cheese bowl. The Jos Campau location will close when the new one opens, which is expected to be early this year. 4216 Woodward, Detroit.

Bucharest Grill: Another location shuffle, popular shawarma joint Bucharest Grill is moving its original location in the Park Bar to a bigger space on Jefferson. There are also Bucharest Grill locations at 1623 Michigan and 110 Piquette. 2690 E. Jefferson, Detroit.

Food & beverage events

Brewery Bus Tour with Motor City Brew Tour: The first bus tour of the year, this trip visits Dark Horse Brewery in Marshall, Territorial Brewing Co. in Battle Creek and Grand River Brewery in Jackson. Tickets include transportation, brewery tours, beer samples, lunch and snacks. 8:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sat. $75. Pick up at Sixth and Lafayette in Royal Oak or at the M-14/Miller Road Exit Park & Ride in Ann Arbor.

The Whiskey Rebellion at the Keep: Bartenders from Roast, the Oakland, Standby and Selden Standard will showcase their favorite original whiskey-based cocktails. The event includes some food from Standby and live music from Shine on Kentucky Moon. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Jan. 17. $10. 140 Cadillac Square, Detroit. (313) 974-5213.

Vodka Vodka 2016 at Royal Oak Music Theatre: Sample more than 60 vodkas at this popular winter event that also has entertainment, DJs, a fashion show and food. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23. $45-$65. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

Italian Wine Dinner at Mabel Gray: Chef James Rigato invites restauranteur Luciano Del Signore (Bacco, Bigalora) to join him in creating a six-course Italian feast, paired with wines by sommelier Rachel Van Til. 6 p.m. Jan. 31. $115 plus tax and tip. 23825 John R, Hazel Park. (248) 398-4300.

North American Belgian Beer Festival at Ashley’s Westland: This is the largest beer festival in the United States that features exclusively Belgian beers. Feb. 11-21. $35 and up. 7525 N. Wayne, Westland. (734) 525-1667.

Vegan Feast at Bottle Tasting Room: Amber Poupore, owner of Royal Oak’s Cacao Tree presents a vegan dinner with wine pairings. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 15. $40. 29932 Woodward, Royal Oak. (248) 850-7175.

Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ball Park: More than 100 Michigan breweries will be represented at this annual celebration of our state’s craft beer industry. The festival is expected to sell out. 3-7 p.m. Feb. 26 and 1-6 p.m. Feb. 27. $45-$50. A transportation package is available through 4500 West River Dr. NE, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids.

Melody Baetens