The restaurant business is not an easy go, even in the best of times.
Then came 2020. Dining rooms in restaurants were ordered shut. They eventually opened, only to shut again. Some didn't survive the financial stress, the tug-and-pull of opening and closing. Some finally waved the white flag and closed for good.
Some downtown Detroit spots like Brome Modern Eatery and Anita's Kitchen have been closed for many months, but say they plan to reopen when the situation improves.
Deadline Detroit photojournalist Michael Lucido went around town, taking photos of some of the restaurants that died ior went dormant in 2020. At least one of them, the Fort Street Gallery in downtown Detroit, closed just before the pandemic came roaring in last March.
Photos by Michael Lucido
Fort Street Gallery, 160 W Fort St, Detroit
Closed permanently on Febuary 28th, 2020, right before the pandemic took hold in Michigan.
Magnet Detroit, 4842 Grand River Ave, Detroit
Top Young Hospitality dissolved over the summer of 2020 which ultimetly closed the doors at Magnet permanently. The restaurant was part of a comeback in a commercial area that had been left for dead for decades after the 1967 riots.
Detroit Institute of Bagels, 1236 Michigan Ave, Detroit
Closed permanently in July of 2020 after a delivery truck crashed and caused a power surge that damaged the shop's equipment. We miss a bagel and shmear. The building and business is currently for sale.
Avalon Cafe Biscuit Bar, 2998 W Grand Blvd, Detroit.
The closure was announced in August of 2020, Avalon International Breads will not be reopening the shop in Detroit's New Center area.
New Order Coffee Roasters, 3100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Announced on June 1st, 2020, New Order Coffe Roasters would go on to close their Midtown Detroit location permanently. "Alexander Real Estate Detroit" will be taking over this space.
Town Hall Caffé, 19180 W Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223
Announced in October of 2020, Town Hall Caffé would go on to close their doors permanently in the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood in Detroit.
Brujo Tacos and Tapas at the Detroit Shipping Company, 474 Peterboro St, Detroit
Brujo Tacos and Tapas has closed their doors permanently at the Detroit Shipping Copmany at the end of September 2020. This closure at the Cass Corridor location has made room for a food stall called "Halal Street Detroit."
Destination 1905, 8130 Kercheval Ave, Detroit
Destination 1905, a West Village cocktail location announced June 9 that it’s temporary March closure would become permanent due to Covid.
TABLE No. 2 Restaurant, 18925 Livernois, Detroit
TABLE No. 2, a fine-dining restaurant on Livernois, aka "The Avenue of Fashion," announced in June that the building had been sold by the restaurant had to vacate.
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