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Cheers: A new life for Hamtramck corner bar

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Longstanding Hamtramck bar K. Hank's Lounge officially transitioned to Bumbo's this month, breathing new life into the corner dive at Holbrook and Mitchell.

Bumbo's proprietors, Tia Fletcher Krawczyk and Brian Krawczyk, have been updating and polishing the cozy bar with a vintage charm. Now the sun shines through the glass block windows onto the mirrored bar back, and the dropped ceiling has been removed. The old school cocktail glasses have been cleaned, and the Keno machine is gone.

Starting this month, the owners have been opening the doors a few days a week to sell some drinks and let customers check out the changes. A new floor comes in this week, so Bumbo's isn't open again until the weekend.

More updates and renovations are coming, but for now the main attraction is drinks. Fletcher Krawczyk says she's excited to make some crafty old-fashioned cocktails in the cute vintage glasses that came with the bar. Hank's was known for extremely cheap pricing and for the most part the Krawczyks are keeping to that.

Down the line Bumbo's will have a kitchen and will serve a modern twist on Polish food (think pierogi with Gorgonzola, kielbasa sliders, smoked trout pate, etc.). A few bar flies around town have gotten a taste of the food at a few pop-up events, and the fare has received a hearty response.

To keep up on the continuing progress of Bumbo's, keep an eye on

Deliciously brief

■Erma's Original Frozen Custard shop will open a third location in St. Clair Shores on April 1. The new spot is at 28840 Harper, where the Dairy Boy used to be.

■A second Granite City Food & Brewery is coming to Michigan. The chain restaurant and microbrewery will open next month at 39603 Traditions Drive in Northville.

■Casual restaurant chain Wingstop's newest location is in Eastpointe at 22511 Gratiot. It's open 11 a.m.-midnight daily. The Dallas-based chicken wing franchise has more than 720 restaurants worldwide.

Food and beverage events

Anniversary Wine Dinner at the Whitney: A three-course meal with a glass of wine and champagne toast for $50, available Sun.-Thurs. throughout March. Start with either the Whitney salad or soup, followed by your choice of tenderloin, whitefish, potato encrusted chicken breast or grilled eggplant. Dessert is pastry accompanied by Frostbitten eiswein. 4421 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 832-5700.

Troy Restaurant Week: Look for lunch and dinner specials at 21 participating restaurants in Troy, including Bahama Breeze, Bonefish Grill, Kona Grill, Mon Jin Lau, Morton's Steakhouse, Shield's Restaurant Bar Pizzeria, the Melting Pot and more. Promotions run through Friday. Visit to view menus.

Griffin Claw Beer Dinner at HopCat Detroit: Beer from Birmingham's Griffin Claw Brewing Company will be paired with each course. Dine on spring salad, spicy fish with lemon butter, grilled pork and toasted coconut cannoli. 7 p.m. Mon. $30. 4265 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 769-8828 to reserve.

YumVillage Dinner at Colors Restaurant: Chef Steve Kempner presents a five course meal of American-fusion food in a communal setting. Guests rate the chef after the meal for honest feedback. A portion of the proceeds benefit Colors Restaurant. 8 p.m. March 26. $55, $90 per couple. 311 E. Grand River, Detroit.

Påskbord at IKEA Restaurants: Celebrate Easter the Swedish way with this traditional feast known as Påskbord. Buffet-style meal includes herring, hard-bold eggs with shrimp, marinated, smoked and poached salmon, meatballs, ham, cucumber salad, red beet salad and more. March 27. $15.99, $4.99 for 12 and younger. 41640 Ford, Canton. (888) 888-4532.

Sip, Savor, Stomp at Royal Oak Farmer's Market: This spring wine celebration features more than 150 wines from around the world. 7:30-11:30 p.m. March 28. $45, $65 VIP, $15 designated drivers. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.

Women's Power Happy Hour at Zenith in the Fisher Building: Mix and mingle with female business owners and other community leaders at this second annual event that includes cocktails, food and a silent auction at this hip Mexican restaurant. Proceeds go toward Gleaners Community Food Bank's goal of raising one million meals for children. (On April 22, Gleaners will also host the Women's Power Breakfast at Gleaners' Detroit Headquarters, 2131 Beaufait in Detroit.) 5:30 p.m. March 31. $85 and up. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit.

Easter Dinner at MGM Grand Detroit's Palette Dining Studio: Easter dinner all day with carved ham, braised short ribs, Cobb salad, salmon and spinach risotto, eggs Benedict and more. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. April 5. $32. 1777 Third, Detroit. (877) 888-2121.

Savor Detroit at Great Lakes Culinary Center: Each night for five nights, two area chefs will team up for a unique four-course dinner with wine pairings. The upscale event presented by Hour Detroit kicks off April 27 with chefs David Seals Jr. of Due Venti and Guillaume Hazaël-Massieux of Bistro FouFou (Traverse City). On April 28 Marias' David Gilbert will join forces with La Feria's Pilar Barón-Hidalgo (this dinner is already sold out, but you can get on the wait list). April 29 is Paul Grosz of Cuisine and the Stand and Cafe Cortina's Ernesto Antopia, followed by Chris Franz of Rattlesnake Club and Justin Vaiciunas of Top of the Ponch on April 30 and Zack Sklar (Mex, Social Kitchen) and RJ Scherer (London Chop House) on May 1. Tickets, $125, can be purchased at 214101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield.

Melody Baetens