WDET Music Host Gets a Taste of the Food Business
Ann Delisi, host of the popular show Ann Delisi’s Essential Music on WDET, and former WDET colleague Lisa Brancato are the new owners of Sprout House, a mainstay in Grosse Pointe Park for prepared foods and healthy groceries. “Lisa and I are close friends and have joined forces on some exciting projects in the past, but this is our biggest collaboration yet,” says Delisi. “We are two crazy Italians who love delicious food and can’t wait to share our love of healthy eating and great local products with the community.” Fans of the southwestern avocado sandwich and Thai peanut soup can rest assured they can still get their favorites, as Brancato and Delisi learned from longtime owners Blake and Marie Maconochie how to make the Sprout House classics.Brancato, a resident of Grosse Pointe Park, recently resigned as director of strategic partnerships at WDET to focus full time on the business. (Disclosure: Dorothy Hernandez works at WDET as digital editor.)
Oak & Reel’s Cocktail Bar Eyes July Opening
The Upright, a new underground cocktail bar from Oak & Reel, is planning to open its doors this month. Located beneath the restaurant’s dining room, the 28-seat bar and lounge serves classic cocktails crafted by Oak & Reel’s bar manager, Jacob Feitler, and Italian finger foods (think fritti, crostini, and spiedini). The timeless and eclectic vibes were designed by Versa design studio, which also created the clean and classic feel of the restaurant.
New Restaurant Coming to Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion
Petty Cash, a neighborhood cocktail and small plates destination, is readying a midsummer opening on the Avenue of Fashion, joining the growing food and drink scene in the northwest Detroit community. Helmed by Executive Chef Dominic McCord, Petty Cash will feature a seasonally driven menu of vegan and vegetarian options, smoked meats, and surf and turf staples. In recent years, restaurants like Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles, Trap Vegan, and a second Motor City Brewing Works have moved into the neighborhood, joining longtime community fixtures like Baker’s Keyboard Lounge on the famed avenue.
Latest Hot Spot from Detroit Optimist Society Opens in New Center
Time Will Tell, a cocktail bar from the team behind Detroit favorites such as the Sugar House, Wright and Co., and others, made its debut in New Center in the spring. The brief but wide-ranging menu offers creative libations such as the El Cantarito, which features Espolon blanco, Los Vecinos mezcal, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and chamoy syrup made from the popular spicy and fruity Mexican condiment.