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IMA OFFERS CORKTOWN JAPANESE COMFORT FOOD

ima is a new restaurant in Corktown that features a menu that is always evolving with noodle soups, rice bowls, curries, small plates and more.

The space soft opened at 2015 Michigan Ave. in the last week of December, offering many options, including those for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free guests. Mike Ransom, the creator and chef behind ima, is a Michigan native who came back to his roots after years cooking his way through kitchens across the United States.

“I knew I was always going to come back, I was just waiting for an opportunity,” Ransom said.

The name ima comes from the Japanese concept of “now”, which emphasizes Ransom’s hope of a simple, no-frills relaxing dining experience at ima.

Before he closed on the location, Ransom spent the better part of two years developing his concept for Japanese comfort food with a local flare. Ransom was raised a vegetarian by his parents who often cooked up Japanese dishes and he’s always thought of the cuisine fondly. He started working in restaurants as a teen and got curious about different meat dishes and he went on to study, cook and create, which all led him to opening ima.

“I started working on this concept and it became more and more clear that it was tangible,” he said.

The current menu includes their Forest Udon, made with porcini broth, sesame tofu, smoked trumpets, rosemary and garlic oil, their ima Tacos, made with jicama shell, wakame slaw, green chili hot sauce and micro shiso, and their Golden Curry, made with silky curry sauce, root veggies and ginger pickle (with your choice of roasted tofu, chicken, chili shrimp, smoked pork loin or ginger beef).

The interior of the restaurant is minimal in its decor and arrangement, which is exactly what Ransom wanted. He wanted people to really focus on their food and the people they’re eating with while enjoying an open and comfortable atmosphere.

When it came time for construction and prepping the restaurant for opening, Ransom got to pull his dad out of retirement since his dad has a background in construction, carpentry and building, and he wanted his expertise and talent for ima.

“We didn’t really have a plan until we came in here,” Ransom said. “It was fun to do and he did a great job on it,” he said.

The kitchen and the dining area both listen to the same music, connecting the open kitchen and a feeling of togetherness to the space. This is a nod to Ransom’s love for DJing and music in addition to fulfilling an idea he’s always had for his own restaurant.

“Music and food always went together for me,” Ransom said.

Visit ima at 2015 Michigan Ave. and visit them on social here.

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Erica N Rakowicz/After 5

DECEMBER QUICK CLIPS

We’ve got new restaurants, a juice delivery launch, highly coveted concert tickets, new store locations and a whole slew of beauty products on this round of quick clips. Check out what’s new in Midtown, Downtown, Eastern Market and Ferndale!

2941 Street Food opens in Midtown
Throughout the Mediterranean and the Mideast, you’ll find flavor and quality in simply prepared street food and at Midtown’s new 2941 Street Food, you can get worldly flavors served up fast-casual style. The restaurant works with local farmers and the community to provide Bazaar Meals with nine selections for you to choose from. Street snacks, street platters, Samoon bread baked fresh in front of you, salads, desserts, all natural sodas, juices and imported and domestic beers and wines are available for your pleasure.
2941 Street Food, 4219 Woodward Ave., 2941streetfood.com

Beyond Juicery + Eatery offers delivery
Beyond Juicery + Eatery now delivers to all Bedrock buildings from their Eastern Market spot. There’s no minimum order, only a $1.50 delivery charge. Check out the menu and call 313-818-3502 to order.
Beyond Juicery + Eatery, 2501 Russell St., beyondjuicedetroit.com

Movement Festival tickets on sale now
Detroit’s favorite electronic music festival takes place over Memorial Weekend, May 27-29, 2017, and the tickets are on sale now! Get your tickets before the crowd for over 100 performances, local food trucks, Movement Yoga, shopping, art installations and more.
*Free admission for children 12 years and younger if accompanied by an adult
Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plz, movement.us

Mills Apothecary shop opens on Cass Avenue
Beauty and wellness products, in addition to candles, fragrances and more are available at the new Mills Apothecary shop. The shop will stay open through the end of 2017 and the owners are looking to set up permanently somewhere in Detroit post pop-up.
Mills Apothecary, 4215 Cass Ave., millspharmacy.com

Pure Detroit opens fifth location
Pure Detroit, one of Detroit’s independent retailers, opens a new location in Midtown this month, which makes it the company’s fifth store. Pure Detroit clothing, books, home goods, Detroit gifts and more will be available for purchase. The shop will open for a preview during Noel Night on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 is the official open date.
Pure Detroit, 70 W. Alexandrine, shop.puredetroit.com

The Conserva opens in Ferndale
Nine Mile in Ferndale is the new home of The Conserva, a restaurant with a small, artful rotating
food menu and extensive and complex wine and beer menu. After a string of pop-ups combining both art and cuisine, chef Matthew Baldridge and artist Janna Coumoundouros decided to open a space where people can relax, enjoy meats, seafoods, vegetables, fresh made mustards and more.
The Conserva, 201 E. Nine Mile, theconserva.com

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Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5