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FAVORITE POP-UP KATOI OPENS UP SHOP IN CORKTOWN

FAVORITE POP-UP KATOI OPENS UP SHOP IN CORKTOWN

The pop-up, turned food truck, turned temporary Ann Arbor eatery, Katoi, has made the ultimate move to their new restaurant and bar in Detroit’s Corktown, slated for March 21st opening.

While they were working on the space across the road from Two James, the Katoi team was serving their dishes out of Two James, in Ann Arbor and around other pop-ups in metro Detroit. Katoi’s Corktown spot has been a long time in the making and the official opening aims to further cement their place in Detroit’s food scene.

Brad Greenhill, the chef at Katoi, created the menu based on dishes from the Indochinese Peninsula to be shared and paired with drinks and a cool atmosphere.

After a round of soft openings, Greenhill, the restaurant’s creative director, Courtney Henriette, and the strong team behind Katoi plan to introduce the public to a world that Detroit hasn’t necessarily seen before. The interior is split into three parts, adding up to a total of 1,900-square feet, with a bar upon entrance to the space, an open dining room that seats over 50 and an open kitchen concept where guests can see into the restaurant’s heart.

The building occupies an old auto shop garage at 2520 Michigan Ave. and includes four skylights, black floors, cinderblock walls, seats upholstered with colorful decor and a large communal table right in the center of the space.

The team at Katoi recommends that dishes be chosen to share and that you tour the menu by choosing 2-3 dishes at a time for a party of two. The menu includes different takes on pad thai, duck noodles, smoked carrots, Naem khao tod, khao soi, thai iced tea, craft cocktails and more.

The space also includes a subwoofer on the ceiling to round out the whole experience. The future for Katoi includes extended bar hours, live music and more.

Visit the team at 2520 Michigan Ave. on March 21 or visit them at katoidetroit.com. Stay in touch with them on social by following Katoi on Facebook and Instagram.

Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5