Yemans Street adds more pop to Hamtramck dining scene

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

The Hamtramck food scene continues to evolve with the opening of a second permanent pop-up restaurant. Yemans Street will host its first dinner Friday with chef Jay Gundy of Pleasant Ridge’s Cork Wine Pub.

Like Revolver, which opened last fall, Yemans Street is a dining space that hosts a different local chef for each event. Meals are purchased in advance through its website,

Friday’s dinner starts with seating at 7 p.m., followed by a five-course feast prepared by Chef Gundy. He’ll start with grilled carrot soup, followed by chicken roulade salad, mussels scampi style, red wine braised short ribs and ending with spiced apple cake. Because it’s chef Gundy, be assured that this will all be plated like tiny, delicious works of art.

Tickets for Friday’s dinner, $65, can be purchased on the website. The price includes soft drinks (a liquor license is in the distant future) but does not include gratuity. Yemans Street is at 2994 Yemans in Hamtramck. Plentiful parking is available across the street in the lot next to Polish Village Cafe.

Deliciously brief

■Speaking of Hamtramck’s Revolver, Chef Stephanie Selvaggio will host a plant-based vegan meal on Saturday. Seatings are at 5 and 7 p.m. and cost is $30. Visit for menu and reservations.

■Margaritas, anyone? Barrio Cocina y Tequileria opens this week in Plymouth. It’s at 555 Forest, where the Zin Wine Bar used to be.

Food and beverage events

Detroit Restaurant Week: This dining promotion includes 21 restaurants in the downtown Detroit area, each serving seasonal three-course dinners for $30 per person today through Sunday. New businesses participating this year are: Craft Work in West Village, Top of the Pontch at Crowne Plaza Hotel and PRISM, formerly BriZola in Greektown Casino. Other longtime participants include the Whitney, Detroit Seafood Market, Coach Insignia, Angelina Italian Bistro, Roast and more. To view menus and make reservations, visit

Oktoberfest at Rochester Mills: Annual autumn festival with beer, food, games and family-friendly fun like facing painting and petting zoo. 7 p.m. Thurs., 5 p.m. Fri. and 1 p.m. Sat. 400 Water, Rochester. (248) 650-5080.

Plymouth Restaurant Week: Ten restaurants in downtown Plymouth are on board for this prix-fixe deal. Get lunch or dinner for $15, $25 or $35 for a three-course meal. Participating businesses include Ironwood Grill, Penn grill, Stella’s Black Dog Tavern, E.G. Nick’s and more. Promotion runs Friday through Oct. 4. Visit for menus.

Zoo Brew at Detroit Zoo: Craft beer sampling event with live music by the Hard Lessons, Mod Orange and Laith Al-Saadi. 6-10:30 p.m. Fri. $40 in advance, $25 designated driver. Woodward at I-696, Royal Oak.

Run for the Roses Benefit Dinner at Lochmoor Club: Tickets include dinner (pasta, meat entree, salad), open bar and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Tigerlily Cat Rescue and Loveabull Paws Rescue. 6:30-11 p.m. Fri. $75. 1018 Sunningdale, Grosse Pointe Woods. (586) 778-3897.

Fall Equinox Bottle Release at Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.: A limited release of seasonal brews such as Tripa, Simcoe Sillier and more. Limit one purchase per person. 11 a.m. Sat. 5919 Chicago, Warren. (586) 979-8361.

Wine Stroll in Downtown Detroit: The Detroit Area Art Deco Society hosts this downtown wine stroll that includes a visit to several architecturally significant buildings, with wine and appetizer pairings at each stop. 1-5 p.m. Sat. $38. Start the stroll at Angelina’s Bistro, 1565 Broadway, Detriot.

Tastefest at Immaculate Conception School: German Biergarten-themed party with craft beer, wine and food. 6 p.m. Sat. $30 in advance, 440 at the door. 9764 Dixie Highway, Ira Township. (586) 216-2119.

Beer dinner at TAP at MGM Grand Detroit: A five-course dinner — including appetizers, fried chicken, smoked pork, short ribs and more — will be paired with Michigan beers. 6 p.m. Tues. $40. 1777 Third, Detroit. (313) 465-1234.

Chef’s Dinner Series at Rattlesnake Club: Dinner from executive chef Chris Franz paired with wines from Napa Vally’s Ehlers Estate. 6 p.m. Tues. $120 plus tax and tip. 300 River Place, Detroit. (313) 567-4400.

Motor City Street Eats at Haggerty Corridor Corporate Park: Food truck rally with Chicken Coupe, Jacques’ Tacos, Shimmy Shack and more. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wed. 28175 Cabot, Novi.

Oktoberfest Beer Pairing Dinner at Bastone Brewery: Four-course menu includes white onion soup, chicken strudel, buffalo sauerbraten and German sour cream cake. Each course is pared with craft beer chosen by Bastone Brewmaster Rockne Van Meter. 7 p.m. Wed. $35. 419 S. Main, Royal Oak. (248) 544-6250.

Tour De Fork at A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education: Celebrating 85 years of the Children’s Center, which aids local families, this event includes locally grown food and live entertainment. 7-11:30 p.m. Oct. 3. $150. 485 W. Milwaukee, Detroit. (313) 262-1085.

Detroit Lions Breakfast Buffet at TAP at MGM Grand Detroit: Before each Lions home game, get down on a buffet that has all the breakfast fixings, including an omelet station, French toast, bacon and more. 7-11 a.m. Oct. 5 and 19, Nov. 19 and 27 and Dec. 7 and 14. $18, $10 children. 1777 Third, Detroit. (313) 465-1234.

Savor Detroit at Great Lakes Culinary Center: Each night, two acclaimed chefs will team up for a four-course meal with wine pairings. The dinners are preceded by a cocktail hour with appetizers and drinks made by bartenders from the Sugar House. Chefs include James Rigato from the Root Restaurant & Bar, Benjamin Meyer from Iridescence, Garrett Lipar of Torino, Reva Constantine of Great Lakes Culinary Center and Takashi Yagihashi of Slurping Turtle. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 6-10. $125, $1,150 for table for 10. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield.

Taste of Southfield at Southfield Town Center Atrium: Sample food from local restaurants and vote on your favorite, plus cooking and beverage demonstrations. 5-8 p.m. Oct. 7. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 2000 Town Center Atrium, Southfield. (248) 557-6661.

Wine Tour: Package includes travel to Chateau Aeronautique Winery, Lone Oak Vineyard Estate and Sandhill Crane Vineyards, starting from Fieldstone Winery. Travel, tours, tastings, lunch and snacks are included in ticket price. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 11. $60. Reserve by Sept. 26. 223 S. Main, Rochester. (248) 891-6809.

Sicilian Wine Dinner at Paesano: A five course dinner paired with Passopisciarowines from Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. $100. 3411 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor. (734) 971-0484.

Michigan Wild Game and Bourbon Dinner at Ravens Club: Harlen Wheately from Kentucky’s Buffalo Trace Distillery will be on hand to walk guests through the seven award-winning bourbons. They’ll be paired with a five-course meal from Chefs Frank Fejeran, Brennan Calnin, Lamar Farhat, Nick Janutol and Jeffrey Sartor. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to nonprofit 826michigan.cq 6-10 p.m. Oct. 16. $100. 207 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 214-0400.

Baconfest Michigan at Royal Oak Farmers Market: More than 1,500 bacon-lovers attended last year, and this year is expected to be just as popular. Participating restaurants, food trucks and guest chefs are to be announced. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 17. $75. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.