The Weekender: 20 Things to know around Metro Detroit
It's a busy week ahead for Detroit revelry
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📰 What to know
» Frustrated by recent power outages? Locally, there’s a town hall by the Michigan Public Service Commission to make your voice heard in Dearborn on Monday, March 20 from 5:30p to 8p at Fordson High School. There’s also a hearing in Jackson (guessing you’re not driving to that one) and a virtual hearing the next day, too. [MLive]
» Detroit City Council passed Council President Mary Sheffield’s resolution declaring March 13 as “313 Day” in the City of Detroit, per a press release. There will be events all weekend. The main event is the concert on Monday, March 13 at The Fillmore, featuring the likes of Kash Doll and Icewear Vezzo.
We discussed 313 Day, a bunch of events, discounts and more on our podcast.
» The St. Patrick’s Parade is back this Sunday. In their 65th year, the event has undergone some changes including the addition of a family fun zone. To tell us all about it, I talked with Mike Kelly, the parade co-chair and president of the United Irish Societies. [St. Patrick’s Parade website]
» Eastpointe Mayor Monique Owens has been charged in a COVID relief fund fraud case. Arraigned Thursday, Macomb County’s first black mayor has been a lightning rod among residents, as she said residents could “blame themselves” for high crime in the suburb. Her attorney says there’s no proof Owens did anything wrong. [WXYZ] [Fox 2]
» High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes are coming to I-75 from 12 Mile to South Boulevard. As Metro Detroit’s population has spread into Oakland County, that spot of freeway is now among the most used. Carpool lots are also under construction. [ClickOnDetroit]
For me it’s a little reminder that the vast majority of people in Metro Detroit are in the suburbs. Doing some quick back-of-the-napkin math, only about 15% of the region’s population lives in the city of Detroit now.
» Megabus expands Detroit routes to five Canadian cities. For just under $50, you can buy a one way ticket from Detroit to Toronto. [Detroit News]
» Redford Township is getting a $19.5M recreation and wellness center. The 30,000 sq. ft. facility will include an indoor walking track, therapeutic swimming pool, and a fieldhouse with basketball and pickleball courts. [Hometown Life]
» Detroit’s mural map is expanding to include indoor murals in public spaces. You can make your own suggestions. [City of Detroit] [Submission portal]
» The biggest failure of a legal U.S. cannabis business might be right here in Michigan. Skymint is in receivership, reportedly burning through $3 million a day. [Crain’s Detroit Business]
It’s pretty simple. Everyone jumped in the pot pool, now we grow three times more marijuana than we consume, and the party is going to get a lot quieter with consolidation and losses. It’s going to take immense brand power and savvy to succeed in cannabis in Michigan over the next few years. We discuss on the Thursday edition of the podcast.
» Google is partnering with the City of Dearborn for a new website and more. The multi-part deal aims to make the Wayne county suburb a “workforce and talent hub.” [Arab American News]
» Freedom House Detroit is looking to upgrade their kitchen. Co-owner and chef of Baobab Fare Hamissi Mamba donated half of the $10,000 grand prize from winning an episode of Food Network’s Chopped to the non-profit for asylum seekers. The other half of the prize was donated to Burundi Kids. [Bridge Detroit] [Freedom House Detroit] [Burundi Kids]
We talked with chef on a recent episode of the podcast about his journey on Chopped and Freedom House.
» Blast from the past: Showtime Clothing is back! For years I knew this as the place for rock and roll and fun stage clothes or if you just needed an outfit (I mean, sometimes you just need to put together an emergency Elton John costume). After a seven-year hiatus Showtime is back — but this time, in Hamtramck. [Metro Times]
The old space on Woodward near the DIA still hasn’t been reactivated. Just the same signage for a very long time.
» Detroit City FC men’s team is playing Landon Donovan’s San Diego Loyal SC on Saturday, March 11 at 10:00 p.m. Check out me and Fletcher’s preview segment on the Tuesday show.
We also get into the Red Wings and how they’ve basically packed up for this season and are looking ahead to next year.
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🍔 News bites
» Southwest Detroit Tacos El Toro’s food truck was severely damaged in a fire earlier this week. Owner Feliberto Magaña has been in the hospital due to injuries. The Magaña family has been in business for 33 years and the food truck is unrepairable. [GoFundMe]
» Coastal Italian and California vibes are coming to Midtown. Mad Nice opens in Midtown Detroit on March 12. Their FAQ is particular about dress (no “overly casual” attire including athletic apparel) and they do not recommend bringing young children. [Eater Detroit] [Mad Nice FAQ]
» Longtime bars Rusty Nail and Rayz in Clinton Township are closing this month. The Rusty Nail building has sold, and Rayz will become the new Rusty Nail under new ownership. [Macomb Daily]
» New music venue District 142 is opening Saturday, March 11 in Wyandotte. The venue will focus on rock and country music. [Eater Detroit]
» Longtime downtown Detroit breakfast and brunch spot Hudson Cafe has opened their second location in Northville. Their Detroit location is currently closed for renovations. [Hudson Cafe]
» The popular Toast on Woodward in Ferndale is getting a complete remodel, and there’s 16 days to go. [Toast]
» Love and Buttercream is closing in Birmingham after more than a decade in business. [Crain’s Detroit Business]
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