Exclusive: Peterboro restaurant in Detroit closing today
Plus Detroit ID program for non-citizens may have shared data with ICE, and I-94 downtown closed for a week
Jer here. Some breaking news to share with you.
» The Peterboro in Detroit’s midtown is closing abruptly. Opened in spring of 2016, the Chinese-inspired restaurant at Cass and Peterboro was owned by the Detroit Optimist Society.
A podcast listener shared a tip with us and we were able to confirm by calling that today, Friday, is the last night. Staff was informed just hours ago.
The Peterboro was part of a wave of restaurants that launched around the same time to some acclaim. It opened with more than 70 seats.
Six years is quite a run in the industry, and I don’t have the reason for closing just yet.
The immediate neighborhood has a number of businesses including the Detroit Shipping Company food hall, Canine to Five, 8 Degrees Plato and others.
On the downside, it is somewhat landlocked when it comes to progress and momentum as a number of Olympia Development-owned properties sit unused nearby.
Plus, the old Chung’s building is still for sale. If you’re not familiar, Chungs was a legendary Detroit eatery located across from The Peterboro. We covered that on a previous episode of the podcast.
But it can’t be ignored that losing the Peterboro is part of a slew of closings recently in greater downtown Detroit. And if reports are true of staff finding out just hours before closure — that sucks.
The Optimist Society also owns The Sugar House, Wright & Company, Time Will Tell, Honest John's, and Bad Luck Bar.
» This next closure was planned. If you’re heading through Detroit or to the Detroit City FC game on Saturday, I-94 is shut down for the next seven days between I-75 and the Lodge.
It’s to put in the new Second Avenue bridge, the first network tied arch structure in Michigan. This design eliminates the need for a center pier. That’s important for future work for the new I-94/M-10 interchange. The old bridge had been in place since 1954. [Wayne State]
» Nearly 900 Detroiters may have had their data exposed to Immigrations, Customs and Enforcement as part of a program to get IDs to people regardless of citizenship status. The Detroit ID program has “compromised the safety of undocumented residents,” according to a member of Detroit’s Immigration Task Force. [WDET]
My two cents: The city says they’re gonna try and restart the program if they can do it themselves, but after this — who would trust the city with this data?
» Stellantis is laying off 40 workers at the Warren Stamping plant. [Detroit News]
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