Restaurant and bar closings and openings around town

Peabody’s in Birmingham and 7 Brothers in Hamtramck say farewell, while new spots continue to sprout up

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

After months of rumors, Birmingham restaurant Peabody’s announced it will close permanently at the end of this month.

According to reports, the classic American restaurant, which was opened by late restauranteur Jim Peabody in 1975, will close to make way for new property developed by Southfield-based Alden Development Group.

Peabody’s posted a goodbye message to customers on its Facebook page.

“We hope in the next few weeks you can come by for a last drink at the bar and some fresh lake perch, make sure to share some of the great memories you have with us! A big thank you to all of our staff and customers, it’s been an adventure with you all, one that we surely won’t forget.”

But when the restaurant gods close a door, they often open a window.

Just a few miles down Woodward where the Onion Roll Deli was (just north of 11 Mile), a new diner called O.W.L. popped up to serve hungry folks nearly 24/7. It closes at 10 p.m. Sundays but is otherwise open continuously.

The sit-down and carryout spot specializes in Mexican breakfast food such as cilantro potatoes with Texas toast, chilaquiles (corn tortillas topped with salsa and cheese), chorizo sausage and habanero bacon. Hot sauce is as prominent as ketchup and mustard, and O.W.L. takes diner food up a notch with burgers on brioche buns, fresh-cut french fries with poblano cheese sauce and chorizo and three-bean chili.

Like the habanero bacon, the ordering process is a little nontraditional. Check out the menu, then place your order at the counter and pay. An employee will serve you when your food is ready.

Hamtramck’s 7 Brothers closes

This is the last week of business for Hamtramck watering hole 7 Brothers. Over the years the Jos Campau dive has been a gathering spot for local thespians and comedians, particularly those who perform at Hamtramck’s intimate Planet Ant theater nearby at 2357 Caniff.

After Friday, 7 Brothers will be closed but its liquor license will live on. It’s set to be transferred to the Ant Hall, a new venue for Plant Ant performances across the street from the small theater at 2320 Caniff. The new space, which seats about 150, will soon be decorated with show posters and headshots that adorn the walls of 7 Brothers.

Opening soon

The next crop of restaurant and bar openings in and around Detroit includes Pie-Sci, a pizza joint in Woodbridge run by Jeremy Damaske and Charle Lepinski. You may have had their slices at the Woodbridge Pub, and soon Pie-Sci (which is short for “pizza scientists”) will be up and running in their own space at 5163 Trumbull.

Signage is progressing and furniture is coming in at Rock City Eatery’s new Midtown location at 4216 Woodward. They plan to move there from a smaller Hamtramck spot when it’s finished.

Opening any day now: Meat-centric restaurant Grey Ghost Detroit at 47 E. Watson, Wahlburgers at 569 Monroe in Greektown and the Conserva at 201 E. Nine Mile in Ferndale. All are expected to open before August. Conserva chef Matthew Baldridge is also planning to open a second Atomic Chicken at 6500 Woodward very soon. He and his partners Scott Moloney (Treat Dreams) and Greg Reyner (Cafe Muse) opened an Atomic Chicken in Clawson earlier this year.

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