Dining and food news

Kim’s Restaurant in Troy closing: After nearly 45 years of serving sweet and sour shrimp, egg rolls, fried rice and more, Kim’s Restaurant, 102 E. Long Lake in Troy, will close after service on Aug. 31. A post on social media announced the closing, and thanked customers for their “support and patience.” A call to the restaurant confirmed the closing was decided so that the Yee siblings, who own the business, may retire. The restaurant opened in late 1974. Call (248) 524-9207.

Last day for Ginopolis is Saturday: Longstanding Farmington Hills restaurant Ginopolis’ BBQ Smokehouse (formerly Ginopolis’ On the Grill) will close after service Saturday. The restaurant, which goes back about 40 years, is at 27815 Middlebelt. Call (248) 851-8222.

New chef at Jim Brady’s Royal Oak: Christian Borden has been named the new executive chef at Jim Brady’s in Royal Oak. He began his culinary career at the Rattlesnake Club in Detroit and was most recently the executive chef at Garage Grill & Fuel Bar in Northville. 1214 S. Main, Royal Oak. (248) 306-1954.

Chef Bryan Hartway moves up at Joe Muer Seafood Bloomfield Hills: Bryan Hartway has moved from executive sous chef to executive chef at Joe Muer’s Bloomfield Hills location. He started cooking professionally as a line cook at Joe Muer Seafood in Detroit and has a culinary arts degree from Macomb Culinary Institute at Macomb Community College. 39475 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. (248) 792-9609.

Fatmando Pizza & Wings now open: A new pizza and ice cream restaurant is now open. At Fatmando you can dine in, get carryout or delivery. They serve specialty pizzas like a coney pie with National Coney Island chili, mozzarella, cheddar, Dearborn hot dogs, onions and mustard. They also make a “breadza,” which is half a pizza and half cheesy bread sticks. 43245 Garfield, Clinton Township. (586) 477-1444.

Cellar313 debuts tasting series: Learn more about wine every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. during Cellar313’s new Tuesday night tasting series. The wine and cocktail bar, which has small, wine-friendly menu with charcuterie, also has a weekday happy hour 4-6 p.m. with $6 wine pours. 15112 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park. (313) 458-8544.

Firebird adds menu items: As part of their updated menu, the Firebird Tavern has added its kung pao wings to the bill of fare. Topped with chopped peanuts and scallions, the dish won “people’s choice” and “judges’ choice” in the best original wing category at the recent WingOut Detroit chicken wing festival. Other new dishes include Irish nachos on their happy hour menu and an updated version of their fish tacos. 419 Monroe, Detroit. (3130 782-4189.

Lady of the House unveils patio: Popular and critically acclaimed Corktown restaurant Lady of the House has a new, 24-seat patio. Open for both brunch and dinner services, the area cannot be reserved, but may be requested upon arrival. This is not simply an outdoor dining area, but a lush garden space with a wide variety of plant life including three types of mint, lavender, basil, five kinds of tomatoes, parsley and other fruits and vegetables. 1426 Bagley, Detroit. (313) 818-0218.

Blake’s launches low-calorie hard cider: Michigan’s Blake’s Hard Cider has introduced Blake’s Lite Cider, a line of alcoholic beverages with zero net sugar in each 12-ounce can. Similar to low-carb, low-calorie products like White Claw hard seltzer, Blake’s Lite Cider is 5 percent alcohol by volume and is 100 calories per serving. A three-flavor variety 12-pack (classic apple, mixed berry and mojito lime) can be found at Meijer, Kroger and other stores for $10.99-$11.99.

Dining calendar

Pizza Throwdown at Eastern Market: Tickets include admission, one slice of pizza and one drink. Additional food and drink available for purchase. VIP packages available. 7-11 p.m. Thurs. $15 and up. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit.

Caffeine Crawl in Ann Arbor: Support local businesses and get energized as you travel to up to eight coffee shops. The day starts with a breakfast event at Zingerman’s Coffee Company at 8:30 a.m. Sat. Visit

Free fries at BurgerIM: To celebrate National Potato Day, gourmet build-your-own burger chain BurgerIM will give a free order of fries to any customer who orders a classic-sized duo or trio burger. Offer is good all day Monday at the Livonia, Royal Oak and Troy restaurants. Visit

Indian Afternoon Tea at Revolver: Chef Preeti Sidhu will prepare a meal of masala chai served family-style with savory and sweet finger foods to accompany the tea. 3 p.m. Aug. 25. $30, includes everything but gratuity. 9737 Jos Campau, Hamtramck.

Troy Restaurant Week: More than 20 restaurants in Troy will offer three-course meals for lunch and dinner at a fixed price of $15-$45, depending on the business. For example, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse gives you a salad or soup course, followed by your choice of entree – petite filet, salmon, stuffed chicken breast or filet and shrimp – choice of side and a desert for $43. Sun.-Aug. 21. Visit

Cider Dayze at Blake’s Orchard: A celebration of craft cider and beer, this fifth annual event will host more than 50 hard cider companies and beer-makers from across the region. There’s also live music, food trucks, games and more. 11 a.m.7 p.m. Aug. 24 and noon-5 p.m. Aug. 25. $20-$50. 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada.

Make Food Not Waste – A Community Feast at Eastern Market: Sample food by local chefs who used ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away. The event include a culinary competition among local students and information on how to prevent food waste. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 8. Free. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit. RSVP via

Apple Fest at Virtue Cider Farm: This fall kickoff event has cider house tours, harvest games, live music, ax-throwing, an Apple Queen pageant and more family-friendly fun. The craft cidery has teamed up with Chicago’s Lillie’s Q to create a barbecue sauce using their cider, which is made with Michigan apples. They will debut the new product with a pig roast at Apple Fest. Noon-9 p.m. Sat. Free. 2170 62nd, Fennville.

Paolo Scavino Barolo wine dinner at Cafe Cortina: A multi-course, seasonal dinner paired with wines from Italian wine maker Paolo Scavino. 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22. $165 per person. 30715 W. 10 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 474-3033 or (917) 770-3589.

Melody Baetens

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