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VALENTINE’S DAY DATE GUIDE

Whether you think it’s just a Hallmark holiday or you expect to be wined and dined by your Valentine, we’ve compiled a fun list of events, dining, and activities that is sure to make every Valentine swoon for a Day!

WHAT TO DO:

  • Love Gone Wild @ Detroit Zoo
    This sixth annual event includes hors d’oeuvres, two drinks per person, commemorative gift and an adult-themed exposé that showcases the love lives of zoo animals. Open to guests 21+.
    DATES & TIMES: Feb. 14, 6PM to 7:30PM
    TICKETS: $40 for Zoological Society members and $50 for non members
    Detroit Zoo / 8450 W. 10 Mile Road / event info
  • Dirty Show Detroit
    If you’re looking to spice things up this Valentine’s Day, look no further than the Dirty Show! The exhibit features hundreds of quality erotic works, in virtually every imaginable media, from all over the world.
    DATES & TIMES: February 10-12, 17 & 18, Doors @ 7pm (and 1-5pm on Sunday)
    TICKETS: $30 in advance, $35 day of
    Russell Industrial Center / 1600 Clay Street / event info
  • Partner Yoga @ Citizen Yoga
    This relaxing and grounding partner yoga is with Ann Fancy at Detroit Citizen Yoga.
    DATES & TIMES: Feb. 11, 6:45PM
    TICKETS: $45 per couple
    Citizen Yoga / 1224 Library St. / 313-502-5450
  • Woodhouse Day Spa
    This annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser features a 30 minute service (pedicure/facial/neck/back and shoulder massage), wine tasting provided by House of Pure Vin, 15 percent off all retail the day of the event.
    DATES & TIMES: Feb. 7, 5PM to 8PM
    TICKETS: $20-49 (for Valentine’s Day fundraiser)
    Woodhouse Day Spa / 1447 Woodward Ave. / spa info
  • Wine Tasting at The Farmer’s Hand
    Experience a selection of locally-made wines and meet wine professionals at The Farmer’s Hand while enjoying Zingerman’s Creamery cheeses.
    DATES & TIMES : Feb. 15, 6PM to 7PM
    TICKETS: $10
    The Farmer’s Hand / 1701 Trumbull / event info
  • Valentine’s Day Tour with the Parade Company
    This tour guides you through the history of America’s Thanksgiving Parade. Tour includes a commemorative photo and gift bag with a bottle of champagne, flowers, chocolates, beads and Parade Company clown noses.
    DATES & TIMES: Feb. 10, 9AM to 4PM & Feb. 11, 10:30AM to 3:30PM
    TICKETS: $100 per couple ($50 is tax deductible)
    The Parade Company Studio / 9500 Mt. Elliot, Studio A / event info
  • Super Happy Valentine’s Day
    Visit Sugar House for a four course Valentine’s Day meal made by Chef Rob Lee.
    DATES & TIMES: Feb. 14, seatings at 7PM and 9PM
    TICKETS: $70
    Sugar House / 2130 Michigan Ave. / event info
  • Champagne Dinner @ Central Kitchen + Bar
    Sign up to be Central’s Valentine by 3PM on February 14, 2017, and they will have a complimentary glass of champagne and a Valentine’s Day card at dinner that evening just for you!
    Central Kitchen + Bar / 660 Woodward Avenue / event info
  • REVOLVER: 5 Courses with Chef Reid Shipman
    Most recently, Chef Shipman worked as a sous chef at Gold Cash Gold and now, he’ll be cooking up a five course meal at Revolver with a Squash and Carrot Salad, a Charcoal Beet and Cauliflower Gratin and much more.
    DATES & TIMES: Feb. 17, seatings at 6PM and 9PM
    TICKETS: $50 per person
    Revolver / 9737 Joseph Campau / event info
  • Casablanca @ DSO
    Spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one and a special screening of the classic Casablanca. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will play the live score and it will be a full-feature evening.
    DATES & TIMES: Feb. 14, 7:30PM to 9:30PM
    TICKETS: $35-$100
    Detroit Symphony Orchestra / 3711 Woodward Ave. / event info
  • Valentines Love Affair
    This event will take over the Fox Theatre, with special guests Chrisette Michele, Ro James and Vivian Green.
    DATES & TIMES: Feb. 14, 7:30PM
    TICKETS: $53, $93 and $103
    Fox Theatre / 2211 Woodward Ave. / event info
  • 8-Course Meal with Chef Brett Montgomery 
    Enjoy an 8-course meal, wine pairings and a unique underground culinary experience.
    DATES & TIMES: Feb. 11, 7PM to 10PM
    TICKETS: $100 per guest, plus tax *discounted hotel room rates are available at $129
    Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center / 400 Renaissance Dr. / 313-568-8308 or Beverly.Jacobs@marriott.com with the subject line “Chef’s Underground” for reservations
  • Detroit Valentines Flyhouse Circus
    Celebrate the holiday at this Valentine’s-themed circus show.
    DATES & TIMES: Feb. 14, 6PM and 8:15PM
    TICKETS:
    $10 adults/$5 kids for 6PM show, $15 for 8:15PM show
    The Eastern / 3434 Russell St. / event info
  • Cranbrook Institute of Science “Love After Dark
    This third annual event explores the science of sex, love and attraction by using artifacts to explore clothing and accessories from around the world that signal desire and commitment. Valentine making activities will also be offered.
    DATES & TIMES: Feb. 9, 7PM to 10PM
    TICKETS: $10 for members, $15 for non-members, $20 at the door
    Cranbrook Institute of Science / 39221 Woodward Ave. / event info

  • Social Sushi Pop-Up at Queens Bar
    This pop-up is the day after Valentine’s Day and they’re offering a  ‘Buy One; Get One Half Off’ deal on their sushi. Queens Bar will be pouring drinks and helping dish out Social Sushi’s creations.
    DATES & TIMES:
    Feb. 15, 6PM to 10PM
    TICKETS: No admission fee, but to take advantage of the deal, you must sign up for the Social Sushi email list here
    Queens Bar / 35 E. Grand Blvd. / event info

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS:

  • Parc / 800 Wooward Ave. / 313-922-7272 / restaurant info
    You’ll be in the heart of it all here on Valentine’s Day with a wonderful wine list, a cool Downtown view and signature dishes like pasta or their Oysters on the Half Shell.
  • Wright & Co. / 1500 Woodward Ave. / 313-962-7711 / restaurant info
    Pick from a book of cocktails, wines and spirits and share some tasty shrimp or their Tuna Tartare.
  • Standby / 225 Gratiot Ave. / 313-736-5533 / restaurant info
    Have a drink or two, since their menu is pretty robust, and split some delicious plates at this cozy spot.
  • Maru Sushi / 160 W. Fort St. / 313-315-3100 / restaurant info
    Have some sushi for dinner or take advantage of two free desserts when you make a reservation for a party of four (guests must mention the special).
  • Central Kitchen & Bar / 660 Woodward Ave. / 313-963-9000 / restaurant info
    They’ve got salads, a Crawfish Burger, flatbreads, wines, cocktails and beer, all in the heart of the city.
  • Vertical Detroit / 1538 Centre St. / 313-732-9463 / restaurant info
    Visit this wine bar on Feb. 10, 11 or 14 and take advantage of their Valentine’s Day shareable entree and dessert special for the holiday.
  • Townhouse Detroit / 500 Woodward Ave. / 313-723-1000 / restaurant info
    Grab dinner, split a slice of their Key Lime Pie or check out the Chef’s Choice over tasty cocktails.
  • Detroit City Distillery / 2462 Riopelle St. / 313-338-3760 / restaurant info
    Try a flight of their best spirits or make your choice from a wide variety of creative drinks and then take a bottle of your favorite spirit home.
  • Whisky Parlor / 608 Woodward Ave. / 313-961-3043 / restaurant info
    Give their Boosey & Schneider a taste- it’s Cask-Strength Cheesecake topped with house-cured bourbon cherries. You can have that with a side of your favorite bourbon or venture into their cocktail menu.

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TOP 10 PLACES TO WATCH THE SUPER BOWL

This Sunday is the big game…who’s going to win…The Patriots or the Falcons? Either way, we’ve put together a list of places with food, booze and lots of TVs for a winning watching experience, no matter if you end up celebrating the win or drowning your sorrows.

McShane’s
Corktown’s Irish pub with daily specials and lots and lots of whiskey.
1460 Michigan Ave. / 313-961-1960 / mcshanespub.com

Hopcat
They’ve got Michigan’s largest selection of taps-130 to be exact-and those crack fries you always hear about.
4265 Woodward Ave. / 313-769-8828 / hopcat.com/detroit

Punch Bowl Social
They’ve got sharable punches for your whole crew and shareable bites for the table while you watch the game on one of their MANY TVs.
1331 Broadway St. / 313-749-9738 / punchbowlsocial.com/detroit

Bookies Bar & Grill
Bookies has a big menu with a full bar and a lot of room to enjoy the game.
2208 Cass Ave. / 313-962-0319 / bookiesbar.com

Town Pump Tavern
Town Pump has 18 beers on tap around their circle bar and a full kitchen to cater to your game day appetite.
100 W. Montcalm St. / 313-961-1929 / thetownpumptavern.com

Harry’s Detroit
This bar is always dishing out Angus burgers, sandwiches and more plus a full bar with beer taps and a lot of space.
2482 Clifford St. / 313-964-1575 / harrysdetroit.com

Cornerstone Barrel House
They’ve got reasonably priced shareables and a selection of whiskey and bourbon drinks plus great beer.
1456 Woodward Ave. / 313-338-3238 / cornerstonedetroit.com

Detroit Beer Co.
You can sip on their original brews or give a double IPA a try and order starters for the whole group.
1529 Broadway St. / 313-962-1529 / detroitbeerco.com

Checker Bar
Order a cheap classic burger and pick your drink from their full bar and repeat.
124 Cadillac Sq. / 313-961-9249 / checkerbar.com

TAP, MGM Grand Detroit
After each quarter of the game TAP will be giving away prizes including signed helmets, jerseys and footballs.
1777 Third Avenue / mgmgranddetroit.com

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BIG SEAN PROMOTES ALBUM WITH DETROIT POP-UP

As Detroit’s own Big Sean readies for his fourth studio album drop, he’s initiating a set of pop-ups, and one of those is happening right here in Detroit on Woodward Avenue.

Big Sean’s latest album, “I Decided,” is set for a Feb. 3 release and his Detroit pop-up will be at the former Moosejaw LTM pop-up space at 1441 Woodward Ave. from Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. each day. Shoppers will be able to purchase t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and music merchandise as part of the celebration.

With his other pop-ups in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, this collaboration with Bedrock is just another way they are looking to fill exciting retail in the city for everyone who visits, lives and works in Detroit.

And while we can’t say for sure…we’re really hoping the ‘Big’ man himself will pop-in at his Detroit pop-up!

It’s no secret that Big Sean is a fan of his hometown, Detroit, its community and the state of Michigan as a whole. The artist graduated from Cass Technical High School in 2006 and partnered with Adidas in 2015 to present his alma mater with the Big Sean Infinite Possibilities Studio.

He was recently on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah where he talked about his foundation, The Sean Anderson Foundation, and how they were able to raise $100,000 for the people in Flint and the on-going water crisis in the city. On the last track of “I Decided,” Big Sean featured the Flint Chosen Choir on a track called “Bigger Than Me.”

For more information and updates on the pop-up and future projects, follow Bedrock Detroit on social media here.

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TOP 10 OPENINGS COMING TO DETROIT THIS WINTER

The winter can get cold, gray and boring for all of us, but this year, there’s a little more excitement in the air with the announcement of new sports complexes, burger joints, pubs, shopping and more. Check out our list of the top openings in Detroit that we just can’t wait to welcome to the city!

Shake Shack
We’ve been salivating ever since the New York-based burger joint announced that they were headed to Campus Martius Park last year. And the day is finally nearing, with an expected open date of February 23rd. The sign is up to tease us, now stay tuned for when you can get your hands on their tasty burgers and shakes (and other menu items…but let’s be honest, we’re all getting the burgers and shakes)!
660 Woodward Ave. / shakeshack.com

Bonobos
Men all over the Metro Detroit area are rejoicing at the opportunity to try on their beloved pants, shirts, shorts…you name it, at the new Bonobos guide shop. They plan to open in February on Woodward, joining the many different retailers dressing up the Avenue. But just in case you don’t know how it runs, customers are matched with a personal shopper and items are shipped to the customer after they buy their clothing. Happy shopping, guys!
1417 Woodward Ave. / bonobos.com

Go! Sy Thai
Thai food lovers were first introduced to Go! Sy Thai in Midtown, and now, with much excitement, they opened a Downtown location inside of The Albert. The new location features the same fast-casual Thai food Detroiters know and love, with a condensed menu, 29 seats and a delivery service to Downtown and Midtown areas.
1214 Griswold / facebook.com/gosythai

Basement Burger Bar
After two successful metro Detroit locations dished out a simple menu with quality burgers, they decided to grow the BBB name out to Brush Street in Detroit. Vegetables and greens are all locally sourced to make their made-to-order dishes extra fresh and special. Their opening date is set for February 6.
1326 Brush St. / 313-818-3708 / basementburgerbar.com

Common Pub
Common took the space of Lefty’s on Cass Avenue and since their recent opening, they’ve debuted their Tap Map, making it easy for beer enthusiasts to try all kinds of beers, including those from Railtown, Terra Firma, Clown Shoes and Michigan favorites from Atwater and Bell’s. They serve up snacks like Poutine of the Day, a Lamb and Egg Burrito and Duck Fat Fries, in addition to greens and dinner items like Duck Fried Chicken, Fish and Chips, Beet and Goat Cheese Sliders and more.
5440 Cass Ave. / (313) 285-8849 / commonpub.com

The Skip
Ever since the air turned cold, we’ve had some major slushy-drink withdrawals, that we had come to know and love at The Skip this summer. But the wait is finally over and the drinks will once again flow in their new enclosed space that will serve up your favorites all year round. Look for that to happen mid-February!
1234 Library St. / theskipdetroit.com

Eatori Market
The city center has been lacking a pretty big feature–a grab-and-go grocer–and it looks like within the next few months Capitol Park will see the doors at Eatori Market open with fresh produce, pantry items, grab and go items and a limited hot menu. To take it all a step further, they’ll open a full bar that will stay open later than the specialty grocer.
1215 Griswold St.

Boro Clothing
This consignment and resale clothing and accessories shop will soon have a permanent home in Eastern Market. The shop prides itself on independent, designer, vintage and functional items and they’ll be in good store-front company with SMPLFD, Detroit Hustles Harder and Inner State Gallery as neighbors. Boro projects a spring 2017 opening.
1440 Gratiot Ave. 1A / facebook.com/bororesale

Multi sports complex
The Detroit Fitness Foundation is in the midst of developing a world-class multi-sport complex, featuring a cycling track, a running track with walking and in-line skating lanes and a multi-purpose infield and coffee shop/cafe. When the space opens, kids and seniors will be able to receive free access and programs. Dale Hughes, a lifetime metro Detroit resident, will develop the complex as a world-class velodrome developer and the executive director of DFF. The Detroit Fitness Foundation anticipates a summer 2017 opening.
I-75 and Mack Avenue / facebook.com/detroitfitnessfoundation

Live Cycle Delight
As the latest winner of Hatch Detroit, Live Cycle Delight is excited to put their prizes to use as they look to open their contemporary cycle studio, complete with cycling classes, a bike lounge and a cold-pressed juice bar. Staying healthy and getting into shape will be a little be it easier for Detroiters when they open their West Village doors sometime in February/March.
West Village / livecycledelight.com

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OTUS SUPPLY OPENS IN FERNDALE

After nearly five years of dreaming up and planning, along with two years of building and construction, longtime friends – Thom Bloom and Scott Myrick open Otus Supply in Ferndale at 345 E. 9 Mile Road.

This chef-inspired restaurant brings a fresh, seasonal food menu, a full craft bar and live music together for a gathering space perfect for a night out or a private party. And come the summer, expect additional fun to be had out on their patio.

Craft beers, many of which are Michigan made, are on draft. Cocktails are crafted with house-made tonics and juices. And whiskey even has it’s own bar!

The food is never made in bulk and you’ll only find the freshest and most seasonal items on the menu. The kitchen is open and facing the stage so that everyone can be a part of the same environment. And speaking of, pull up a seat at the Chef’s table, where you can face the kitchen and get a view of what’s coming out hot and ready.

They went local with the interior and décor, with dishware from local potters, murals painted by local artists, including Detroit artist Kobie Solomon, and chairs and bar tops crafted by local artisans.

So come check them out. Eat local. Support local. And have a great night out while doing so!

Otus Supply is open Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit the team at 345 E. 9 Mile Road and follow them on social here.

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THE GRIOT OPENS IN MIDTOWN

The Griot, a new vinyl music lounge in Midtown, is the old-school creation of Detroit entertainer Karen Addison.

The new space is an intimate music listening lounge that seats 50 guests inside and another 20 outside on the patio. The music collection is impressive with over 2,500 vinyl records, including a special dedication to Detroit with a full catalog from Detroit producer, J Dilla.

Addison, who you may know from Comedy Central, BET’s Comic View or Def Comedy Jam, owns The Griot with her husband Scott Boswell and Jonathan Taylor. Together, they’ve created a space for visitors to come and listen to anything from blues, jazz, and rap, to rock, R&B and more. And the best part is that you can listen at your leisure with a glass of your choice of signature cocktails. They’ll even have pop-up dinners from guest chefs from time to time.

The Griot is her first establishment and it’s open Wednesday through Saturday at 66 E. Forest St., Suite B.

Visit www.griotdetroit.com for more information and follow them on social here.

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GUIDE TO DETROIT RESTAURANT WEEK

Detroit is becoming a huge culinary destination and for a week in February, some of the city’s top restaurants will offer specials, new tastes and three course menus with a very reasonable price tag at Detroit Restaurant Week (DRW). The 14th installment of DRW kicks off on Feb. 3 and goes until the 12th.

There are 26 restaurants participating at different price points- $29 or $39 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Check out our breakdown by neighborhood and dine your way through Detroit.

DOWNTOWN:

24Grille
Classic regional American dishes with Detroit style.
204 Michigan Ave. / (313) 964-3821 

Andiamo Italia Riverfront
Italian food with a serious view.
400 Renaissance Ctr Ste A403 / (313) 567-6700 

Cliff Bell’s
A jazz bar with cocktails, dessert and a fresh menu.
2030 Park Ave. / (313) 961-2543  

Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille
Northern Italian cuisine right in the heart of Downtown.
2203 Woodward Ave. / (313) 471-3500 

Detroit Seafood Market
Some of the freshest seafood dishes in town.
1435 Randolph St. / (313) 962-4180 

Downtown Louie’s Lounge
Houses a beautiful bar and tasteful local dishes.
30 Clifford St. / (313) 961-1600 

Republic Tavern
Offers an old-world tavern experience with seasonal dishes.
1942 Grand River Ave. / (313) 446-8360 

Roast
One of the finest steakhouses in the city.
1128 Washington Blvd. / (313) 961-2500 

The Rattlesnake
Lunch, small plates, happy hour and dinner with a skyline view.
300 River Place Dr. / (313) 567-4400 

Top of the Pontch
Seafood, steaks, fine wines and a view.
2 Washington Blvd. / (313) 782-4313 

EASTERN MARKET:

Roma Cafe
Detroit’s oldest Italian restaurant.
3401 Riopelle St. / (313) 831-5940 

Antietam
An elegant local menu with drink pairings to match.
1428 Gratiot Ave. / (313) 782-4378

MIDTOWN:

Mario’s
An Italian supper club with an authentic feel and big menu.
4222 Second Ave. / (313) 832-1616 

The Block
Starters, burgers, brunch, happy hour and a featured menu.
3919 Woodward Ave. / (313) 832-0892 

Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails
Award winning eatery with a rotating menu and craft cocktails.
15 E. Kirby St. / (313) 818-3915 

Grey Ghost
Steakhouse with cocktails, wine and a cozy vibe.
47 Watson St. / (313) 262-6534 

Traffic Jam & Snug
A Midtown staple with a huge menu and featured items.
501 Monroe Ave. / (313) 962-9366 

NEW CENTER:

Cuisine
French-American cuisine with world-class wines.
670 Lothrop Rd. / (313) 872-5110

CORKTOWN:

Ottava Via
Homemade Italian cuisine with craft cocktails.
1400 Michigan Ave. / (313) 962-5500 

Gold Cash Gold
An innovative menu with brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails.
2100 Michigan Ave. / (313) 242-0770 

GREEKTOWN:

PRISM
Pasta, seafood, steak and live entertainment.
555 E. Lafayette St. / (313) 309-2499 

Santorini Estiatorio
Named Detroit’s Best Greek Restaurant.
501 Monroe Ave. / (313) 962-9336 

WEST VILLAGE:

Detroit Vegan Soul
Hearty vegan dishes with organic ingredients.
8029 Agnes St. / (313) 649-2759 

Craft Work
New American dishes with a flare.
8047 Agnes St. / (313) 469-0976 

SOUTHWEST DETROIT:

El Barzón
Mexican and Italian food made with quality ingredients.
3710 Junction St. / (313) 894-2070 

PALMER PARK DISTRICT:

La Dolce Vita
A romantic Italian eatery with an eclectic menu.
17546 Woodward Ave. / (313) 865-0331 

Detroit Restaurant Week is produced by Paxahau Event Productions. For more information and details, visit detroitrestaurantweek.com.

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KID ROCK TO KICK OFF LITTLE CAESARS ARENA GRAND OPENING

Michigan’s own Kid Rock made a big Detroit announcement – he’ll be kicking off the grand opening of Little Caesars Arena in September 2017 with four show dates.

After Olympia Entertainment and Live Nation named Kid Rock as the kickoff artist for Detroit’s highly anticipated arena, Kid Rock himself took to the new 20,000+ seat arena floor on January 19 to announce his four concert building opener on September 12, 13, 15 and 16.

So that means…mark your calendar and get ready to buy some tickets!

Ticket prices range from $20-75 and go on sale at 10 a.m. on January 27.

The arena will feature an arena bowl, entertainment acts, community functions, shows and much more, acting as a world-class Detroit establishment. And if you hadn’t already heard, it will also be the new home to both the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons.

Tickets for Kid Rock’s show dates in September can be purchased at olympiaentertainment.com, livenation.com, ticketmaster.com or service-fee free Downtown at the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices. Hockeytown Authentics in Troy is also selling tickets service-fee free. To charge tickets via phone, call (800) 745-3000.

For additional information, call (313) 471-6611 or visit olympiaentertainment.com.

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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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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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