Heads-up, Detroit: It looks as if you’ve got a new Kid on the block.
Neighbors say Michigan music star Kid Rock has purchased a house on the east side of Detroit, and they’re welcoming him with open arms.
The 6,000-square-foot colonial-style home was sold earlier this year, said neighbor Tom Barrow, an accountant and onetime Detroit mayoral candidate. Barrow said his wife and children met the red-hatted Rock in the driveway earlier this month. Rock — raised Robert Ritchie in Romeo — has lived for more than a decade on a rustic property in Clarkston, where he also maintains a studio and some business operations.
It’s not clear if the Detroit house will be a full- or part-time residence for the 40-year-old star. A spokesman for Rock was unavailable for comment late Thursday.
“We’re happy to have him as a neighbor,” said Barrow. “We’re hoping his private life is calming and can have a positive influence on my young children. We’re confident he’ll be a good neighbor. I know he’s very pro-Detroit.”
Neighbor Diane Linn said she’s already got a housewarming gift in mind: a batch of chocolate chip cookies. “It’s really an old-fashioned kind of neighborhood,” she said. “Everyone looks out for each other. Everyone is friendly and warm. I’m sure he’ll be very pleased here.”
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Metro Detroit’s Finest Food Trucks return to the Royal Oak Farmers Market tonight from 5 till 9 pm. The Reefermen once again will perform live. Due to the tremendous success from last month, the entire facility will be utilized, with more room, tables, seating. The trucks will have extra staff and food to accommodate more foodies. Come out and join the excitement- great live music and delicious flavors!
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Detroit Restaurant Week is set to return for spring 2012!
Beginning Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 29, metro Detroiters will once again be able to enjoy hearty three-course meals for just $28* per person. This year's spring edition of Detroit Restaurant Week will be the sixth time the promotion has been offered since the fall of 2009. The five previous promotions saw participation from almost 160,000 diners while generating millions in sales for the participating restaurants and area businesses.
The restaurant menus, reservation information and a listing of after dinner activities will be available here soon.
21 of Detroit's Finest Dining Establishments for Spring:
Angelina Italian Bistro
Atlas Global Bistro
Detroit Seafood Market
La Dolce Vita
Wolfgang Puck Grille
Disney on Ice® presents Treasure Trove welcomes audiences beginning Mar. 14 to The Palace of Auburn Hills. Treasure Trove audiences will be treated to a gem for every generation in this extraordinary lineup that features characters and scenes from Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog and other treasured films. More than 50 Disney characters are included in an action packed adventure.
Michigan natives and ensemble skaters Justin Williams, of Port Huron, and Katelyn Walter, of Deford, will perform.
Opening night is Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. and shows continue through Sunday, March 18.
Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16 at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The Palace of Auburn Hills
6 Championship Drive Auburn Hills, MI 48326
$15 to $65 for Rinkside. All seats are reserved and available at Ticketmaster or the Palace of Auburn Hills box office. Call 1-800-745-3000. Groups call 248-377-8638. More information at www.disneyonice.com