Mudgie's expands; Cafe 78 opens soon
Favored Corktown sandwich shop Mudgie's Deli has added new menu items and extended its hormone-free meat offerings. Owner Greg Mudge has also obtained the open storefront next door and plans to expand the restaurant this year.
Look for 10 new signature sandwiches on the refreshed menu. (Don't worry, no sandwiches have been taken off the menu.) Included is Saliba, named after the original owner of the former grocery store that now houses Mudgie's. It's an 8-inch Italian bun stuffed with top sirloin meatloaf with roasted red peppers, muenster cheese and house marinara.
Mudge has also added two new vegetarian sandwiches. The cheekily named Tempeh of Doom has grilled tempeh, avocado, roasted red peppers, sprouts, muenster, greens and honey mustard on ciabatta. Named after the street the deli is on, the Porter is a portabella mushroom sammy with Asiago cheese, artichokes, roasted red pepper, tomato, spinach and pesto on ciabatta.
"I've been wanting to add to the menu for quite some time," says Mudge, who opened his restaurant seven years ago and obtained a liquor license in 2013. "Honestly, the kitchen is able to handle it now; they're able to handle more variety."
The deli has also added hormone-free grain-fed turkey to the menu. Mudge says all the charcuterie is now chemical-, antibiotic- and hormone-free, including their new bologna. All bread will come from Hamtramck's Golden Wheat bakery.
He says having "clean" food is important to him because "that's the way things should be."
"(Society) should have never gone the direction that we did with food. We were raised with things coming out of cans and that's how everything was, and we lost touch with our food and where it comes from. I think it's important to be in touch with that."
The next step for Mudgie's is to expand and take over the space next door. Opening date is to be announced, but Mudge says the new room will allow for earlier hours, outdoor seating, a new carry-out area, and a service bar, so expect the cocktail offerings to grow.
MOCAD sets opening date for Cafe 78
A new cafe and bar will open inside the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit next month.
Cafe 78 — run by Wright & Co. owners Dave Kwiatkowski and Marc Djozlija — will have a 14-foot bar and seating for nearly 180. Its name is a nod to the fact that the art museum was once a car dealership (the dealers used "rules of 78s" to calculate yearly interest in regards to car loans).
The plan is to be open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., starting Feb. 6. There will be breakfast, lunch and dinner service, plus a full bar.
■The newest Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern will open in Canton on Feb. 15. The Southfield-based chain will give away free burgers for a year to the first 50 customers on that day at the new location, 2234 N. Canton Center Road.
■To keep customers interested while the M1 rail construction continues to tear up Woodward, a few Midtown restaurants have continued a happy hour promotion. The special includes reduced-price drinks and hors d'oeuvres from 5-7 p.m. weekdays at Union Street, Majestic Cafe, Grille Midtown, Addison Eatery and the Whitney.
■Buddy's Pizza has added kale as a topping. All Buddy's restaurants (except the Detroit location) have also added a sweet and zesty kale salad and a Mediterranean kale salad to the menu.
Food and beverage events
Pre-Show Pop-Up at Jazz Cafe: A pop-up meal from Chef Matthew Baldridge featuring an arepa station, ceviche station, chips and salsa and more. 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show. $85 includes dinner and show. 350 Madison, Detroit. (313) 887-8501.
Ackroyd's Scottish Beer Dinner at Grand Trunk Pub: Four courses — including balmoral steak, kelp salad, meat pie and shortbread — each paired with a Michigan craft beer. 7-10 p.m. Sun. $40. 612 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-3043.
Scotch Dinner at Bastone Brewery: Four courses, each paired with Tomatin Scotch. Main course is an 18-hour pork belly dish braised in cider, paired with Tomatin 14-year portwood single malt. An aperitif course includes an 18-year nonchill filtered Tomatin. Partial proceeds benefit Community Housing Network in Oakland County. 7 p.m. Wed. $45 plus tax and tip. 419 S. Main, Royal Oak. (248) 544-6250.
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 ticketweb.com.
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. 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. www.whiskeybusinessmi.com.
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. mibeer.com.