Grab ‘Groove Juice’ at Summertown Fresh Bar in Corktown

Just in time for summer, the new concept from the owner of Ima Noodles and SuperCrisp is now open in Detroit.
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Photograph by Jack Thomas

Summertown Fresh Bar, a new concept from the owner of Ima Noodles and SuperCrisp, has opened in Ima’s original Corktown location at 2015 Michigan Ave., with a menu of frozen yogurt, blended-to-order juices, and smoothies (Hour Detroit tried the Michigan Peach — we highly recommend it).

Their coffee —“Groove Juice” — is Summertown’s signature brand of java beans, made by Oxford-based small batch roaster White Pine Coffee. For visitors seeking an adult beverage, there’s a curated list of beer, wine, and sake.

The food selection includes wraps (made with edamame hummus), crepes, salads, toast, and more. The newly renovated eatery also features a spacious outdoor patio with plenty of seating.

The shop gets its name from Summertown, Tennessee, a town that holds a dear place in chef-owner Mike Ransom’s heart. At age 12, his parents bought a bus and moved from Traverse City to a “hippie commune” in Summertown called The Farm Community, he told Hour Detroit.

It’s the latest in a string of eateries Ransom has opened in and around Detroit since 2016, including three Ima locations (Corktown, Midtown, and Madison Heights), and SuperCrisp, a sandwich shop near Wayne State University. In 2023, he’s a third-time James Beard semifinalist.

Summertown Fresh Bar is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit summertownfreshbar.com. Plus, find even more community development news at HourDetroit.com.