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.
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 Plus, find even more community development news at