Bagley Central may have closed permanently in September in the Hubbard Richard area of the city, but the space it once occupied is getting a makeover. Blitzen’s on Bagley – a pop-up tavern – opens at 5pm on Thursday, November 10 and promises to ring a bit of seasonal cheer.
Expect seasonal libations, kitschy decor, and bites from neighbors, Shell Shock’d Tacos, and Goblin Sushi. For a little sparkle, Anna Bolz — formerly a pastry chef at Per Se in New York and now a baker at Warda Patisserie — will be on hand with freshly baked Christmas cookies.
The project is led by InLaws Hospitality – the operators of Green Dot Stables, Johnny Noodle King, Yellow Light Coffee and Donuts and Goblin – as well as Nick Austin, music host at WDET who is also the spot’s director. “For the next two months, when you want to meet someone for a holiday hello, Blitzen will be the place to be,” Austin said in a press release.
Hours are 5 p.m. to midnight, Thursday through Sunday, and the pop-up will be open the day before Thanksgiving.
Brooklyn Street is back
Brooklyn Street Local – the venerable Corktown restaurant famous for its delicious poutine – has reopened. The Detroit News reports that the spot reopened today, November 9, after closing just over a year ago.
Don’t expect the same style of service. Owner Deveri Gifford told the Daily that the spot has streamlined its approach so that customers place their orders at the lunch counter using a QR code. While more labor-intensive dishes like Eggs Benedict aren’t currently on the menu, customers can still expect omelettes, a quiche, and that famous poutine. Additionally, the restaurant will continue to host pop-ups, including one coming November 20 showcasing the culinary talents of Ameneh Marhaba, who is preparing to open the Little Liberia restaurant in the coming months (the company de Marhaba also won $100,000 in July from the 2022 Comerica Hatch Detroit ‘Shark Tank’ Style Thrower Contest).
Alcamo says goodbye
Dearborn residents will need to stock up on favorite Italian cheeses, olive oils and subs: Alcamo’s, the longtime neighborhood market, is closing its doors this month after 70 years in business. Freep reported that, according to a post on the store’s Facebook page, the last day of service will be November 24 (yes, that’s Thanksgiving).
“We have decided to retire as a family after working 14 hour days for many years – it’s time for us to slow down life a bit, to spend some quality time together as a family. It was not a easy decision, it’s possible with a lot of sleepless nights and worries!” read the post, in part.