Detroit’s Breadless is Coming to the ‘Burbs, the Detroit Zoo’s Baby Giraffe & More Metro Detroit Headlines

Get caught up on the biggest local news in the Detroit area including the lineup for Arts, Beats & Eats, good things happening with the incinerator, and much more.
Co-owners LaTresha “LC” Howland and Ryan Eli Salter enjoy some of the menu items at the Detroit location of Breadless, which is opening a new location in Rochester Hills. // Photograph courtesy of Breadless

Detroit’s Breadless to open new location in the ‘burbs

The bread-free sandwich shop on E. Jefferson has announced it will open its second location in Rochester Hills. The quick-service eatery offers a 100 percent gluten-free menu that features a variety of salads, bowls, and sandwiches made on Swiss chard, turnip greens, and collard greens. Plus, warm rice bowls, soups, cold-pressed juices, housemade chips, and desserts.

Detroit Zoo welcomes giraffe calf

The male calf was born on May 31 to 5-year-old Zara and was announced by zoo representatives on June 12. At first, the calf was underweight and had trouble nursing, but with help of the zoo’s animal care and veterinary team, he is nursing regularly and gaining weight. He is not yet visible to the public but will be introduced to the zoo’s other giraffes soon.

Detroit Tigers break losing streak

After losing nine games in a row, the Tigers pulled off a 6-5 win over the Braves — the second-best team in the National League — on June 12 at Comerica Park. Spencer Torkelson’s two-run homer in the ninth and a walk-off single in the 10th are credited with earning the win.

Offices of former Detroit incinerator is undergoing a renovation for a good cause

The building that once served as the offices for the Detroit incinerator, which ceased operation in 2019, is currently getting a makeover and will eventually become a space to house the city’s abandoned animals. Improvements to the building include an upgrade to the ventilation system, the addition of a drainage system to accommodate 200 dogs, and a new veterinary area. The goal is to have the facility up and running by the end of the year.

Arts, Beats & Eats announces this year’s festival line up

The Labor Day Weekend tradition is returning to the streets of Royal Oak with a new lineup of cultural, environmental, and community initiatives, alongside art displays, musical performances, and both new and returning vendors.

Student loan payments to resume in the fall

The Department of Education has confirmed that student loan payments will resume starting in October, with interest on loans to begin accruing on Sept. 1. The move is part of a deal President Joe Biden made with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in order to raise the debt-ceiling. Officials with the Education Department are looking for other ways to “ease the burden on borrowers.”

Detroit Symphony Orchestra to perform Tina Turner tribute

The upcoming concert, Simply the Best: The Music of Tina Turner will include some of the late singer’s biggest hits such as “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Proud Mary,” “Private Dancer,” “Simply the Best,” and many others. The show happens on Saturday, July 8, and will feature vocalists Tamika Lawrence, Shaleah Adkisson, Scott Coulter, and pianist John Boswell.

Gov. Whitmer announces formation of LGBTQ+ task force

She made the announcement ahead of the Motor City Pride Parade saying that it will “focus on improving the lives of LGBTQ+ Michiganders by drawing attention to problems confronting the LGBTQ+ community and recognizing the community’s accomplishments” and look for ways to make the state a more welcoming place.

Bloomfield Hills’ MEX restaurant reopens with new look and menu items

The Mexican-inspired restaurant closed last November. The remodel saw the space gutted and expanded to seat 220 people, a complete remodel of the upstairs, a switch from “flashy neon colors” to “warm earth tones,” changes in the bar area, and more. The new menu will feature some old favorites and newcomers including ceviche, duck carnitas tacos, and vegan corn-coconut tamales.

Michigan lawmakers ‘clearing the plate’ before budget talks and vacation

State lawmakers have passed a variety of legislation that “cleared the way” for in-person and early voting, allows for alcohol sales in college stadiums, includes a ban on conversion therapy, and requires mandatory lead testing in kids. They also made Juneteenth a state holiday and approved bills “related to child abuse prevention,” and that address teacher salaries.

Detroit pop-up to appear on ‘Great Food Truck Race’ this weekend

Despite not having a truck, Khana Pakistani food will appear on the Food Network show on June 18. Chef and Detroiter Maryam Khan has been hosting pop-ups and one-off events since 2018 and offers Pakistani-inspired street food with American influence.

An investigation into the U-M fake grades scandal has been launched

The accreditation board that monitors the University of Michigan launched the investigation after “allegations that the school’s administration pressured department chairs to falsify grades while graduate student instructors were on strike over a labor dispute,” and emails arose to back up those claims. The Graduate Employees’ Organization has been on strike since late March, withheld grades for the winter term, and had little to no contact with students.

Hamtramck City Council votes to ban LGBTQ+ Pride flags from city property

After months of intense debate, the council voted unanimously on the ban the evening of June 14. The resolution, which was introduced by Mayor Pro Tem and Councilman Mohammed Hassan, also bans the display or flying of flags with political or racist views. Some proponents of the move argue that Pride flags clash with their faith while opposition calls it “backwards and bigoted.”

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