Rendering: Grey Ghost

Detroit's newest restaurant, Grey Ghost, is opening this Thursday in Brush Park.  According to the Detroit Free Press, the new restaurant takes up roughly 2,500 square feet of the former Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe space on Woodward and Watson. The entrance to the 83-seat restaurant is off Watson. (An additional 24-seat outdoor patio off Watson is in the works.)

Grey Ghost describes itself as a "Neighborhood Steakhouse, Cocktail Bar, with Midwestern Hospitality."

Bonus: They take reservations

Check out their menu HERE! Oh and, this will make you thirsty.....


John Vermiglio -  Chef
Joe Giacomino - Chef
David Vermiglio - Bean Counter
Will Lee - Beverage Director 

47 E. Watson Street
Detroit, MI 48201
Open 4 pm Daily

The NY Times Is Talking About Detroit Again......


The entrepreneur Jerry Paffendorf bought a vacant lot in Detroit for $500 back in 2010. And then he did something truly unusual — maybe even unique — with it.

He created a map that parceled the land on East Vernor Highway Street into a grid of 10,000 one-inch squares, and he invited people to be inch-vestors in the property for $1 a square. About 600 people from all over the world bought them all.

“We had a solar panel-powered webcam so owners could monitor their property,” Mr. Paffendorf recalled recently. In the spirit of online games like FarmVille and SimCity, the project was designed as a provocation. You own an inch in Detroit. What do you want to do with it?

The project received a lot of attention, not all of it the kind Mr. Paffendorff had anticipated. Having lived in cities like New York and San Francisco that were “growing, noisy, thriving, where you had to scream to be heard, I didn’t know how different Detroit would be. It’s like a very big small town. I think a lot of people wondered, “‘Who is this crazy person?’” he said.

Mr. Paffendorff, 34, who calls himself an artist and a futurist, studied fine arts at Montclair State University in New Jersey and science in the Studies of the Future program at the University of Houston. He moved to Detroit in 2009 after working at or creating technology start-ups in Los Angeles, Washington, and Brooklyn.

He said the mapping project introduced him and his collaborators to the world of vacant properties, how they are mismanaged and misunderstood, and how the city of Detroit at that time had no capacity to have any information about itself. “To a shocking extent,” he says, “the city had no mechanism for understanding the space of itself.”

That was no small matter for a city that owned almost 100,000 properties. Mr. Paffendorf realized no one else was going to map them so, expanding on the original “silly inch-grid” idea, he started injecting real-life parcel information into maps, ultimately mapping every single parcel in Detroit, and Motor City Mapping was born.

Click HERE For The Full Article! 

The Project
Wolverine Human Services plans to build a community garden and training site that will be cultivated by the residents of the streets surrounding the Wolverine Center and the John S Vitale Community Center.

It will include the following key components:

  • A community garden with raised beds and paved pathways for growing herbs and vegetables that meets ADA Accessibility regulations.
  • A mixed-use structure that will be used as a neighborhood farmers' market retail space, a garden-training classroom, and for agricultural equipment storage.
  • The site will be well-lit and secured so that community members can work their garden plots in a safe and friendly environment. 

Wolverine Human Services has been an institution in the Jefferson-Mack neighborhood for nearly 30 years and in that time, we have witnessed the deterioration of this neighborhood as residents have vacated the houses and businesses and other community institutions have closed their doors.  

But here at Wolverine Human Services, we are committed to bringing new growth and innovation to this neighborhood by creating opportunities in the areas of education and vocational training to not only the young men in our care at the Wolverine Center, but also to the residents of the neighborhood that we have shared for three decades.

Click HERE To Donate To This Project!  If they hit their goal of $50,000,  the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan State Housing Development Authority will DOUBLE your donations through their Public Spaces, Community Places grant match program. 

Detroit Is The New Black
Opening: Sunday, July 24

Monday - Saturday 11:00 AM- 7:00 PM 
Sunday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
1426 Woodward Avenue

Be a part of a fun and active twist on happy hour with a playful game of dodgeball while supporting the youth of Detroit on Thursday, July 28,2016 at 5:00 pm in Cadillac Square, just East of Campus Martius, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI!

Last year, Dodge for Detroit raised over $20,000 to provide much needed funding for Scouting’s outreach programs to provide character development, leadership skills, and instill lifelong values in over 4,000 socioeconomically disadvantaged youth within our local council. This year, they are on track to raising nearly $40,000 and they need you and your friends!

Get your friends and coworkers together for an exciting round-robin dodgeball tournament brought to you by Midwest Mobility Solutions! Teams consist of 6-10 players and are guaranteed to play at least three games, but you don’t have to play to show your support. Instead, you can sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best food and drinks Metro Detroit has to offer.

**Must be 18 years old to participate. **

Mojo, from Mojo in the Morning heard on Channel 95.5 is our host for the second year!

For more information, please visit

View 2015 Dodge for Detroit photos HERE.
The Slow Motion photo booth was AMAZING last year. Click HERE to watch!

It's been a pretty intense month, with an extra dose of political divisiveness. We want to counter this with more connection & love.

Inspired by a story from NYC, DDF creative director Melinda "MeMe" Anderson is dusting off her Connect Four sets and inviting us all to play together this Friday. Over friendly games, they'll also be collecting creative ideas for a more connected city.

Connect Four The City
Friday, July 22, 4-7pm
Urban Consulate
4470 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Free & open to the public.
All ages welcome.
No experience necessary :)

Detroit is on its way back from the brink and its revival is being led, in part, by the food and wine industry. Don't let the reputation scare you: It's one of the most vibrant, interesting and delicious places I've visited in years. The largest municipal bankruptcy in American history and the flight of half its population haven't been kind. It can look scary, but the city is now stable, clean and much safer.

It's not just big players like Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert who are working to revive downtown; it's also entrepreneurs with less cash who are buying and creating throughout the city limits. Deals for restaurant spaces, often done with the city, can be negotiated in the $20,000-$35,000 range—or sometimes just in exchange for covering back taxes. Even the city's great skyscrapers are up for grabs.

Corktown, the terrific group of coffee shops, restaurants and distillers, rightfully gets most of the press. Here and throughout the city, out-of-the box thinkers are dreaming up wine bars, eateries and breweries. Add access to great ingredients and a palpable sense of good will, and born-again Detroit might just make Copenhagen, Portland and Williamsburg seem staid by comparison.

Top Restaurants

Katoi: On a forlorn stretch of Michigan Avenue is the chicest and possibly the best Thai restaurant in America.

London Chop House: In the heart of downtown, this Old World steak house competes with the best but ultimately wins by having a truly great wine list at fair prices.

Rose's Fine Food: A symbol of the revival. Is it the best diner in America? Yes. It's also one of the best restaurants. Local fish, farm fresh eggs, Michigan asparagus, strawberries and more.

Selden Standard: A foodie's dream. A great industrial space, a cool 'hood and the food, bar scene and garden are spot on.

Click HERE To Read The Full Article! 

The Belle Isle Conservancy is hosting Sunset at the Scott, an event to raise funds for the Scott Fountain Pewabic Tile Fund, in an effort to restore the historic Pewabic tile mosaic that once covered the basin of the James Scott Memorial Fountain.

Sunset at the Scott will take place on Wednesday, August 17 from 6:30PM-8:30PM on the Belle Isle paddock near the Scott Fountain.

The event will feature:

  • El Guapo Fresh Mexican Grill
  • Cool Jacks Handcrafted Ice Cream + Cookies
  • Beer + Wine + Specialty cocktail
  • Live entertainment provided by O N E F R E Q

“This promises to be a lovely evening celebrating the beauty of Belle Isle, and particularly the Scott Fountain,” said Michele Hodges, President of the Belle Isle Conservancy. “Our supporters are committed to the preservation of the original Pewabic tiles, and this event gives them a chance to help make that happen.”

To date, past supporters have helped the Belle Isle Conservancy raise nearly $75,000 towards the Scott Fountain Pewabic Tile Fund’s goal of $300,000 to complete the restoration.

The Belle Isle Conservancy continues to support its partnership with Pewabic Pottery with Pewabic on site at the event with limited edition Belle Isle tiles for sale. A portion of the proceeds from the Belle Isle tile series will be donated to the Scott Fountain Pewabic Tile Fund. The original tile mosaic was designed by Pewabic’s founder Mary Chase Perry Stratton and was removed from the fountain during a repair.

The event had previously been part of Pewabic Pottery’s annual house and garden show, but a scheduling conflict with another Belle Isle Conservancy event this year created the need for the event to take on an identity of its own with a new date and location.

Advance tickets for Sunset at the Scott range from $50-$250 and are available until August 1st. Admission is $65 at the door. Sponsorship opportunities are available. A recreation passport is required for admittance to the island.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit  
Photo: Robin Soslow
If you're not turned on by Detroit's new energy, you'd better check your pulse.

Boom and bloom have shattered the Motor City's gloom-and-doom reputation. Super-charged vital signs include a white-hot urban art scene, homegrown jazz, R&B, funk and electronic virtuosos, sensational bargain-priced food, coffee and craft beer, a fresh new riverfront, a greenway where lush foliage competes with street art-splashed concrete slabs, new urban bike and kayak tours, and friendly residents excited to share their cultural riches.

Abandoned buildings are surging back to life. The Aloft hotel opened last year in the David Whitney, a 1915 neo-Renaissance skyscraper with a jaw-dropping atrium. A labyrinth-like brewery now holds Red Bull House of Art's galleries and studios.

Russell Industrial Center, an auto body factory designed by Detroit starchitect Albert Kahn that opened 1925, now holds studios (Bill Poceta's glassworks, Dana Keaton's fashions), Michigan Hot Glass Workshop and galleries. Catch the Robots and Ray-guns exhibition.

An abandoned warehouse has revived as Ponyride, a business accelerator and home to Anthology, a new slow/ethical/heavenly coffee purveyor where you should savor it black.

Neglected storefronts now hold hip joints like Northern Lights Lounge, a retro outpost with no cover, even when Motown veterans take the stage.

As a stunning new hockey arena rises downtown, entrepreneurs are racing in from New York to snap up cheap big digs with character. Homegrown innovators are launching dream ventures. The 100 restaurants that have opened in the last two years include wildly popular Selden Standard, Republic and Katoi. New brewpubs include Batch Brewing and HopCat.

Click HERE For The Full Article!