When will it ever end? The roll call of new eateries is getting difficult to keep track of as seen in this Freep.com Article. I've only made it to two on the list - Ottava Via and La Feria - loved the first - the second was so so but they had just opened and I hear they have improved greatly.
Any reviews or thoughts? BTW the Freep use of term downtown is rather broad. Here is the roll call.
Wright & Co., 1500 Woodward: in the stately old Wright Kay building in the heart of downtown at Woodward and John R.
Antietam, 1428 Gratiot: This meticulously restored Art Deco spot in the Eastern Market district opened softly last week.
Taqo Detroit, 22 W. Adams: Opened July 1, this three-level, 5,000-square-foot restaurant features a big Mexican menu.
Downtown Louie’s Lounge, 30 Clifford: A hidden gem just west of Woodward and south of Grand Circus Park
Ottava Via, 1400 Michigan: Set in an atmospheric old bank… Patio with fireplace in back.
Two James Spirits, 2445 Michigan: first licensed distillery in Detroit since Prohibition… doesn't serve food yet..
La Feria, 4130 Cass: charming tapas place near Wayne
Craft Work, 8047 Agnes: Set in the artfully renovated former Harlequin Café in historic West Village
The Grille Midtown, 3919 Woodward: New building next to restored theater
On the way
Top of the Pontch, 2 Washington Blvd.: contemporary fine-dining menu should be a match for the sweeping view and impressive room.
Selden Standard, 3921 Second near Honest? Johns
Guns + Butter, 1301 Broadway
Republic, 1942 Grand River: Set in the castle-like GAR Building at Grand River and Cass.
Gold Cash Gold, Wabash and Michigan: Thanks to a two-year rehab involving Corktown’s Cooley family, a onetime pawnshop with “Gold Cash Gold” emblazoned on its side
I just ran across a June 2014 issue of Metro (the trade magazine for rail and bus transit). They have an article about the amount of streetcar/subway projects going on in the US and Canada. Right now there are about $99 billion in funded projects in some phase of design or construction.
Pingree was obviously the best. After that it isn't a particularly strong field--Frank Murphy was a distinguished person, but he was only mayor for four years at a time when Detroit was in terrible shape. He did do what he could, and should get credit for that. Young was notable for his longevity (too long), his wit, and his status as the first black mayor, but in my opinion he did a terrible job of managing the city, above and beyond the ongoing decay during his tenure for which he wasn't primarily responsible. If he is fourth-best, it is a not a very positive commentary on Detroit's electorate over the past few hundred years. My guess is that there is some recency bias here--Young was better than Kilpatrick or Bing, and I think somehow Archer was too bland to stick in people's minds.
Let's hope Duggan can climb up the rankings over the next few years. The city could use a top-flight mayor for a while.
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