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10 Recent Restaurant Openings in Southeast Michigan

Having a tough time keeping up with all the new dining options? Here’s some help. 🙂

GREEKTOWN — Chicago-style deep dish chain Giordano’s made its Detroit debut in September with a limited dinner menu and has since gone on to offer lunch service. This marks the second location in Michigan and the first for Metro Detroit. The Detroit location sits in the former Bagger Dave’s space, which had sat vacant since December 2015. Status: Certified open. 1224 Randolph St.

CLARKSTON — Eatery and bar The Fed opened in late July in an old bank building in downtown Clarkston. The spot features a New American menu, featuring the Double Double Burger (no, not that Double Double), a variety of tacos, sushi, red snapper ceviche and weekend brunch. Guests have the option to book private dining rooms, situated inside the bank’s old vaults. Chef Travis Holewinski serves as executive chef, following Justin Dalenberg – previously of Zingerman’s Roadhouse – who was brought on to as a consultant to open the place. Status:Certified open. 15 S. Main Street.

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Carryout-friendly pita spot Yeeros Grill debuted just after the beginning of October in Shelby Township. Similar to the Chipotle concept, diners can decide how they want their shawarma: in a pita wrap or in a bowl as a “platter” with choice of protein, veggies and rice. Other Mediterranean favorites include fattoush salad, hummus, gyro and baklava for dessert. Status: Certified open. 49085 Van Dyke Avenue.

MADISON HEIGHTS — new-ish eatery Noodle Topia, specializing in authentic hand-pulled Szechuan noodles made on site, opened in late August. The brief menu features fiery Szechuan noodles, handmade ramen in beef soup and Beijing noodles. Status: Certified open. 30120-30140 John R Rd.

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, ANN ARBOR — Coffee chain Roasting Plant has expanded its footprintwith the fairly recent opening of two new locations, in Dearborn Heights in June and Ann Arbor September 10. The locations each seat about 100 customers with indoor and patio seating. The Dearborn Heights coffee shop features 24-hour drive-thru service. Customers can expect hot and iced coffee, as well as espresso drinks, teas, and smoothies on the menu. The New York-based chain first arrived in Michigan in 2012 with help from metro Detroit native Elizabeth Rose(co-founder of New Order Coffee). Status: Certified open. 26931 Ford Rd. in Dearborn Heights; 312 S. State Street, Ann Arbor.

ANN ARBOR — Detroit-style pizza chain Buddy’s Pizza is opening its newest locations October 13. The 6,500-square-foot location is in the Pittsfield Place Plaza and includes indoor and outdoor seating for more than 200 people. Status: Certified open. 3153 Saline Rd., Pittsfield Township.

CORKTOWN — Chef Kate Williams’ highly anticipated Lady of the House made its long-awaited debut September 20 in the former St. Cece’s Pub in Corktown. The menu’s focus is ingredients that are sourced from local farms such as Acre Farm, Brother Nature Farm, Coriander Farm, and Cover Crop Ranch. Status: Certified open. 1426 Bagley Ave.

MIDTOWN — Southwest Detroit food truck, El Taco Velozexpanded its footprint in September and landed at a counter inside Cass Corridor’s Marcus Market. The location was formerly home to Alley Taco, which vacated the space earlier this year and moved to a larger restaurant on Willis Street. On top of its new Midtown digs, El Taco Veloz continues its food truck operations at Livernois and Toledo. Status: Certified open, 4614 Second Ave.

NEW CENTER — This marks the latest outpost of the popular Detroit-based bakery and cafe chain, which debuted September 7. Situated inside the former Cafe Con Leche space on West Grand Boulevard, the focus here is specifically on flaky biscuit sandwiches – for breakfast and lunch. Also featuring traditional sandwiches served on Avalon breads, coffee and espresso drinks. The shop also sources ice cream from Reilly Craft Creamery. Status: Certified open. 2990 West Grand Blvd.

SOUTHWEST DETROIT — Neapolitan pizzeria and café combo PizzaPlex debuted September 9.Described as “community pizzeria and events space,” the ownership introduced the concept to diners via pop-ups over the summer. Customers can expect affordably-priced pies, coffee drinks and alcoholic beverages. Status: Certified open. 4458 W. Vernor Highway.

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