Bites: August 2015

News and notes about the metro Detroit food scene from Molly Abraham and the Hour staff.

Changing of the Guard (Plus a Road Trip)

Sarah Welch, sous-chef under Kate Williams at Republic Tavern in the historic Grand Army of the Republic building in downtown Detroit, has taken over the top job. Williams and Revolver in Hamtramck announced a road trip — undertaking “an extended series of menu previews in key cities around the country this summer and fall.” …


Departing for Dallas

Jacob Williamson, who was the executive chef for the Wolfgang Puck restaurants at the MGM Detroit Grand, has moved on to another Puck restaurant: Five Sixty, atop the 50-story Reunion Tower in Dallas, the spectacular revolving room with a modern Asian menu …


Sweet Celebrations

Sweet Lorraine’s locations in Southfield and Livonia are celebrating the restaurant’s 30th anniversary with specials that will run all year. Founded by Lorraine Platman and Gary Sussman in 1984, the eateries will offer $19.84 complete dinners on Mondays and Tuesdays, followed by $2 wines by the glass on Wednesday and two entrees for $30 on Thursdays for the entire year. Now that’s a celebration …


Meatball Seeks New Home

Motor City Meatball Kitchen is shopping for a new location. Its tucked-away spot on Hayes Road in Warren was tough enough, and then construction on 13 Mile Road made things even worse, says co-proprietor Mary Ann Gualtieri. The restaurant has applied for one of Chase’s Main Street grants and they will know in September if she and partners Jeff Glover and Ron Uhouse have gotten one of the $100,000 grants earmarked for small businesses across the country so they can find a more mainstream location.