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New restaurant offers fresh hamburgers and more across from GM Tech Center in Warren

A new restaurant with a focus on fresh ingredients has opened at one of Warren's busiest intersections. City Burger celebrated its grand opening recently, and it's hoping that its first location is the first of many.

Located at the corner of Van Dyke Avenue and 12 Mile Road across from the General Motors Technical Center, City Burger is the creation of Assaad Sobh, a longtime food industry veteran and real estate broker. 
Sobh got his start in the food industry with his two brothers; the trio first opening a meat shop, which then expanded into a full market.

Sobh has taken that meat knowledge and applied it to City Burger. Sobh refuses to use frozen meat, instead of sticking to ground chuck that is ground daily and rolled by hand. The hamburgers are cooked on the grill, and not through a machine. Sliders, wraps, and salads also make up the menu.

The City Burger restaurant offers carry-out and dine-in services and seats 58.

Sobh, who owns ten buildings on Van Dyke Avenue, knows a thing or two about the area. He believes that it's the perfect launching point for his City Burger brand, of which he hopes to open multiple locations eventually.

"It's a great corner," Sobh says of the intersection of Van Dyke and 12 Mile. "The city of Warren is a hopping place. And the Tech Center brings heavy traffic."

The City Burger menu features nine unique hamburgers, each named after a major American city. Among them are the New Yorker, a classic cheeseburger with choice of toppings; the Miami Burger, gluten- and soy-free vegan burger topped with guacamole and spicy mayonnaise; and the Detroiter, a double-decker burger topped with two kinds of cheese, a fried egg, and choice of toppings.

City Burger is located at 28925 Van Dyke Ave. in Warren.

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Artisan market coming to downtown Rochester this spring

Work is underway at the former Heller's Jewelry building in downtown Rochester. Pamela Walther and her husband Ryan are currently in the midst of extensive renovations to the building, which will soon become home to their Bizzy Buzz Artisan Market. The Walthers hope for a spring opening.

Bizzy Buzz has already accepted 22 artist vendors and is currently on the hunt for more. Items fashioned from glass, pottery, metal and more will make up their inventory of locally made fashion, jewelry, and home decor items. The Walthers are even carrying records from famous Detroiter Jack White's Third Man Records, complete with a listening station to preview records.

"For local artisans, what makes us different than other markets is that the vendors don't have to be here," Pamela says. "Just keep the shelves stocked. We'll take care of the rest."

The building itself is a piece of locally-made art in its own right. Built in the year 1900, the renovation process has peeled away decades worth of modifications to the building. The drop ceilings have been removed to expose the original tin-tiled ceilings. Even the walls have been removed to expose tin tiles covering the bricks. Pamela says those tiles will be relocated to cover the cinder block-walled addition in the back, leaving the original exposed bricks up front.

Another discovery was a bank vault built in the 1890s. While the previous owner of the building kept his lunch in the vault, the Walthers are planning on using it as the Third Man Records listening booth and display area.

"It's just the perfect spot. As much work as the building needed, we decided to give it a go," says Pamela. "We put the word out to the artisans and got a real good turnout."

"It won't take long to fill up."

Local artisans interested in having Bizzy Buzz carry their products can apply online via the company's website.

Bizzy Buzz is located at 409 S. Main St. in downtown Rochester.

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Mentorship group for child entrepreneurs wins Pontiac SOUP seed funding prize

More than 100 people invested in the community of Pontiac at the latest Pontiac SOUP event this past Saturday, March 3. They gathered to choose the winner of the micro-granting contest and dinner. The winner, Young Entrepreneurs Squad Foundation, walked away with $802 to help get their project off the ground.

This was the second Pontiac SOUP event and the first of 2018. The organization, which comes from the original Detroit SOUP concept, plans on carrying out the events four to five times a year from here on out.

"Pontiac SOUP is a beautiful thing because when you are a new organization and don't have all the funding, every cent helps," says YES Foundation founder Mary Evans.

YES Foundation offers children ages six to ten years old mentorship services, entrepreneurship training, workforce development, and more. These are real businesses that kids are running, says Evans, ranging in businesses that make and sell ice cream, jewelry, bow ties, and more--and all owned and operated by children in the six to ten age range.

Pontiac SOUP has the stated goal of providing seed funding for organizations doing great work in the city of Pontiac. At the events, four finalists are chosen to present on behalf of their organizations, and the audience participates in a Q&A session with each. The five dollar cover is put toward the cash prize. It's also a social event, with performances from local artists and a dinner. Attendees then vote on a winner.

The organization also tries to connect the runners-up with resources like business plan counseling and public speaking coaching.

"We're looking for what makes the greatest impact, to get it off the ground or take a project to the next level," says Pontiac SOUP co-founder Scott Stewart.

Click HERE to learn more about Pontiac SOUP and its forthcoming events.

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UM-Dearborn idea pitch contest focuses on real world solutions, not business plans

The University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business has developed a way to encourage its students to think entrepreneurially. It's called the UM-Dearborn Business Idea Pitch, and it is accepting submissions until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 11. An Ideation workshop on February 19 will help students learn to craft a pitch.

While the event is, on its surface, a business pitch contest, Director of iLabs at UM-Dearborn Timothy Davis stresses that it's much more. The Business Idea Pitch is a way to provoke students to understand real-world problems that people are having and figure out how to solve them.

Davis and his team aren't looking for a business plan for a pooper scooper with a wine bottle holder, he says, but instead solutions to issues like health and mobility. Organizers would like to see students focus on either of those two issues, but the contest is open to any idea.

Another thing that separates the Business Idea Pitch event from more traditional "Shark Tank"-like contests is that organizers aren't interested in specifics, and they aren't interested in things like budgets and business plans. All Davis and his team want to hear are students' ideas.

"In today's gig economy, a lot of students are going to have to think entrepreneurially, even if they end up working for someone else," says Davis. "So this is a place for them to go ahead and try. This is a safe space to give it a whirl."

"That's what schools are for: To provide a safe space for students to try and experiment and learn."

Organizers are currently accepting applications. A social media voting campaign will then be considered along with reviews from local entrepreneurs and academics in the choosing of ten to twelve finalists. At the event, which takes place on Wednesday, March 28, students will then present their ideas in five-minute lightning rounds. The winning student receives scholarship money.

Click HERE to learn more about the submission process.

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Lincoln Park Farmers Market prepares for summer months with crowdfunding campaign, sponsor search

In anticipation of its season opener this June, the Lincoln Park Farmers Market has turned to online crowdfunding to help complete its budget. The market is also accepting sponsorships from area businesses.

The market is hoping to raise $1,000 by April 15. Its crowdfunding campaign can be found online on the GoFundMe platform.

According to Lincoln Park Farmers Market President Leslie Lynch-Wilson, the Lincoln Park market relies on sponsorships and donations from the community. The crowdfunding campaign is a first for the organization.

"I took some time looking at crowdfunding sites and saw other Michigan farmers markets using GoFundMe. I thought, Let's see what we can do here," Lynch-Wilson says. "It's really important because we don't get funding from the city or DDA."

Money raised from the crowdfunding campaign will be used toward operational costs, including the hiring of a market manager and to help pay the insurance of a newly purchased market van.

Though Lincoln Park Farmers Market needs to raise $8,000 in total, Lynch-Wilson set the campaign goal at $1,000 because GoFundMe recommends not setting the goal too high. Even a dollar helps, she says.

With any money raised, the market will be ale to build on its success from last year. One of its biggest achievements last year, says Lynch-Wilson, was the implementation of the POP Club, a national program designed to engage children in the importance of healthy eating and shopping habits. The POP Club will return this year.

For businesses and organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities, donation levels range from $5 to more than $500, with different benefits attached to each. Interested parties can reach Lynch-Wilson at 313-427-0443 or for more information.

Lincoln Park Farmers Market occurs every Sunday from June through October. It is located at the southwest corner at the intersection of Southfield Road and Fort Street in Lincoln Park.

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New aquatic center approved for Dearborn's Ford Woods Park

Water slides. Locker rooms with showers. Covered seating areas. Not to mention a brand new pool.

Ford Woods Park is getting some major upgrades, this thanks to the Dearborn City Council's approval of more than $4 million in funding for the city's newest aquatic center.

The old pool, built more than six decades ago, is on its way out and to be replaced by the new pool and corresponding facilities. Erin Byrnes, elected to Dearborn City Council in November 2017, says that the new pool just might be the most exciting thing that city council has voted to fund in her six weeks on the job.

"I think that in Dearborn, our recreation opportunities are something that we're known for. It's something that our residents count on being there and depend on," says Byrnes. "The new pool will build community and help people connect, to get out of the house and into the neighborhood and interact with each other."

Many of the city's pools were built in the 1950s, and the recreation department has been keeping tabs on their various conditions. While some smaller pools have been demolished to make way for splash pads, Byrnes says that it's important for the city to have a new large pool, too.

"It's more than a pool. It's an attraction."

With Ford Woods Park located at the intersection of Ford and Greenfield Roads, it's a high profile location for the new aquatic center. Dearborn's swimming pools are available to residents and non-residents alike, and passes and tags can be purchased at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center service desk.

While the swimming pool at Ford Woods remains closed during construction, Dearborn will continue to operate four outdoor swimming pools: The Dunworth pool at Levagood Park, and smaller pools at Ten Eyck, Lapeer, and Summer-Stephens parks.

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Local coffee roastery, bakery, and cafe to expand to downtown Royal Oak with third location

Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters is expanding to a third location — this time in downtown Royal Oak. It's a town that Nathan Hamood, President and Director of Coffee Roasting Operations at Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters, has been eyeing for a while. So when Hamood saw the 3,200-square-foot former home of La Dulce restaurant, he jumped on it.

Hamood hopes for a grand opening in downtown Royal Oak in May.

He expects a pretty easy build out this time around, at least as compared to the other two Dessert Oasis locations. The Hamood family opened Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters in Rochester in 2009, relocated to a more central downtown Rochester location in 2010, and opened a second location in downtown Detroit's Capitol Park neighborhood in 2015.

Given the building's former role as a restaurant, the infrastructure for a coffee shop and bakery is already there. Hamood will relocate the business baking operations to the Royal Oak location, and also move a coffee roaster to the front of the building, allowing customers and passers-by the opportunity to see—and smell—the coffee roasting process first-hand.

The Detroit location features an industrial, minimalist design aesthetic, and Hamood says he is working with design firm Ideology to maintain a minimalist approach but add some warmth to Royal Oak. Nightingale Company is tasked with the build-out.

"I'm excited about what the growth of our company does for our team," Hamood says. "Over the years, I've learned to delegate tasks to people's strengths. It creates an opportunity for others."

"We're operating like a real company."

Hamood also has his own line of hair pomade, Ace High, as mentioned in a profile that appeared in Metromode in 2016. He says that the business is growing as well, with the addition of hair clay and beard balm products and the hiring of a few employees. Ace High has picked up more local accounts, and even some distributors overseas.

Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters will be located at 115 S. Main St. in downtown Royal Oak.

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Detroit Zoological Society announces $10M nature center to be built in Macomb County

Michigan has a lot of recreational and educational opportunities to explore its great outdoors, and it's about to receive one more. Michigan will soon have a new nature center to explore and examine the water and wildlife of the Great Lakes, this thanks to a recent announcement from the Detroit Zoological Society.

The DZS has selected Macomb County as the future home of the Great Lakes Nature Center, which will open in 2019. The organization, which operates both the Detroit Zoo and the Belle Isle Nature Center, anticipates spending at least $10 million on the project, which will see the construction of a facility at more than 20,000 sq. ft. in size. DZS estimates 150,000 to 200,000 visitors annualy.

Though the official site has yet to be announced, officials have decided that the Great Lakes Nature Center will be located in Macomb County. A site announcement will be made in the spring.

"As stewards of the environment, we have a great responsibility to protect the Great Lakes and the wildlife that inhabit them," DZS Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan said in a release. "Macomb County, with 32 miles of coastline along Lake St. Clair and 31 miles on the Clinton River, is the ideal location for a major waterfront nature center devoted to the natural wonders of the Great Lakes."

DZS has plenty of plans for the Great Lakes Nature Center, including:
  • A home for fish now extinct in the Great Lakes, like lake sturgeon and paddlefish
  • A focus on conservation efforts for endangered species
  • Habitats for native amphibians, reptiles, turtles, small mammals, shorebirds, and birds of
  • prey
  • A native butterfly garden
  • Birding, astronomy, and citizen science opportunities
  • Programming related to education, conservation, science, and animal welfare as well as the environmental protection and economic importance of North America’s freshwater inland seas
The Great Lakes Nature Center will funded through a combination of private, public, and foundation funding contributions.

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New co-working space for entrepreneurs and small businesses opens in downtown Pontiac

There's a new co-working space opening in downtown Pontiac, and it's hoping to gather like-minded people and grow a community of entrepreneurs and start-ups.

It's called Pontiac Tribe, and the co-working space is celebrating its grand opening with an open house on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Ben Carr is looking to jump-start downtown Pontiac's start-up scene. One of the things the community was lacking, he says, was a co-working space that offered desks, conference space, and a collaborative environment. While co-working is a trend that has taken off in downtown Detroit, Carr believes that Pontiac is uniquely situated to become a start-up destination in its own right.

The city is not only located in the center of Oakland County, but its centrally located within the region itself. Carr contends that leaving from Pontiac, he can meet clients in either downtown Detroit, Ann Arbor, or Port Huron, and all within 45 minutes. And towns like Flint aren't that far away.

"Hopefully this opening will attract people that want to be in Pontiac," says Carr. "This is dedicated office space that's affordable, and without driving all the way to Detroit."

Pontiac Tribe occupies 1,800 sq. ft. on Saginaw Street, a floor above two street-level breweries, Exferimentation Brewing Co. and Fillmore 13 Brewery, and each with their own kitchens. Desks, private offices, and a dedicated conference room are available to rent on a monthly basis, ranging in prices from $155 per month to $350 per month. Fresh paint and carpet are complemented by modern amenities like wifi Internet service and more.

Carr's own business is among Tribe's tenants. He owns and operates advertising firm Ad Local, and does so out of Pontiac Tribe. He believes that the co-working environment can only help grow his firm.

"I can work from home if I want to. I don't need an office but I wanted to plant my business here and grow it here in Pontiac," says Carr. "There's nothing like Tribe here in Pontiac."

Pontiac Tribe is located at 7 N. Saginaw St. Ste. 300 in downtown Pontiac.

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Comic books and collectibles shop to celebrate grand opening in Dearborn Heights

9 Planets is opening its first retail location, and it's a partnership between two local aficionados: John Eggenberger and Ben Sobolewski, of the and 9 Planets businesses, respectively. The retail location operates under the 9 Planets brand.

A grand opening celebration is being held at the new comics and collectibles shop, which is renting its space inside the Asylum Collectibles building on Van Born Road, on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Eggenberger and Sobolewski met over their shared love for comic books. Their shop will feature comics reaching back to the Silver Age and up to the present, as well as action and wrestling figures.

It's a bit of a redemption story for Eggenberger, who, in 2009, was laid off from his job as a bricklayer. Faced with the task of supporting his family, Eggenberger sat down with his pastor at Redford Aldersgate United Methodist Church. A brainstorming session resulted in Eggenberger's pastor suggesting that he hold a small comic book show in the church basement.

The humble event was a success, and soon grew from there. Eggenberger has since expanded his comics convention to include events in nine cities and four university campuses.

"I just started bringing in local artists and other guests; Cosplay contests," Eggenberger says. "I brought big show events to smaller shows, and a lot of people liked it."

Partnering with 9 Planets and taking up residence at Asylum will allow Eggenberger an easy opportunity to promote his conventions, and all while having fun. After all, comic books should be fun, he says.

The grand opening party will follow that line of thinking, with appearances from the Rebel Alliance Star Wars group, local comic book publishers, and maybe a surprise guest or two.

"This is kind of a dream retirement job for me," says Eggenberger. "I get to sit there and read comics all day. And maybe sell them every once in a while."

9 Planets is located in the Asylum Collectibles building at 20702 Van Born Rd. in Dearborn Heights.

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Vinotecca re-emerges in downtown Birmingham, focuses on eclectic entrees, live music

Vinotecca has opened in the former The Bird and The Bread restaurant space. Wine fans may recognize the name; Vinotecca used to be located in downtown Royal Oak. That location closed in 2017 to make way for that town's new Jolly Pumpkin outpost. The brand has been re-energized just a few miles north up Woodward Avenue in Birmingham.

Fans of the Vinotecca experience should feel welcome at the bar and restaurant's new digs. There remains an emphasis on great wine and food. The food menu, however, has been re-designed. While there are still the familiar small plates, the new Vinotecca returns with a more prominent entree menu.

Chef Adam Galloway, who has spent the past eight years at the Jonna Family of Restaurants' other wine bar and restaurant bar, Vinology in Ann Arbor, says that the new Vinotecca is more of a hybrid between the old Royal Oak location and Vinology. He characterizes the menu as wine-friendly world cuisine, and not just the predictable Italian and French dishes.

"We have small plates that represent a wide variety from around the world. There's an eclectic feel to the menu -- even on the entree side," says Galloway. "We're putting a twist on the classics, but in modern, fun, and interesting ways."

Entrees include the Cowboy Steak, Curried Scallops and Pork Belly, and Ponzu Glazed Fjord Trout, among others. Like the small plates, entrees are made available to share, with customers having the option to order full and half size plates of the main dishes.

In addition to wining and dining, Vinotecca offers wine education classes, weekend brunch service, and live jazz and blues concerts. One holdover from The Bird and The Bread days is the Elm Room, the 300 person-capacity private events space that remains in the back of the building.

Vinotecca is located at 210 S. Old Woodward Ave. in downtown Birmingham.

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Dearborn deemed "Redevelopment Ready" and part of Michigan Main Street program

In less than two weeks time, it has been announced that the city has both earned a Redevelopment Ready Communities certification as well as having been named to the Michigan Main Street program. Each distinction serves to further development opportunities throughout Dearborn, from its main drag of Michigan Avenue and on out to the city limits.

On Thursday, Jan. 18, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced that Dearborn had been awarded the Redevelopment Ready Communities certification, something the city had been working toward for over two years. The city become the 16th community in the state to receive the certification, and the first to do so in Wayne County.

According to the MEDC website, becoming a Redevelopment Ready Community formally recognizes that Dearborn has both a vision for its future and a plan for how to get there. It demonstrates that the community is worthy of private investment.

"We’re proud to have earned the designation as a Redevelopment Ready Community," Dearborn Mayor, John B. O’Reilly, Jr. said in a statement. "This certification conveys a clear message that Dearborn has efficient and customer-friendly practices that make it possible for developers and businesses to succeed with their plans to invest in our city. Now, from the moment we are contacted by investors, they get the sense that we are here to help."

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, the MEDC also announced that Dearborn is one of six Michigan communities named to its Main Street Program. Dearborn is joined by Cheboygan, Dundee, Eaton Rapids, Kalkaska, and Flat Rock in the designation. The program helps communites become more development-friendly and more attractive as a destination.

These recent announcements complement an already robust development news year for the city, with current projects that include Ford Motor Company's Wagner Place, streetscaping enhancements, a senior housing development, and more.

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Local musician opens record store in Warren's historic district

After four or five years of hauling his vinyl album collection from record convention to convention, John Lehl was ready to settle down. Passing through the city of Warren's historic district, Lehl saw a For Rent sign hanging in the window of a storefront across from Kuhnhenn Brewing. The rest, as they say, is history.

Lehl opened Village Vinyl in April 2017. He characterizes it as a little record shop with a little bit of everything, including vinyl records, CDs, and cassettes, but also t-shirts, posters, coffee mugs, and more.

Lehl carries all kinds of music, though if he did have a specialty, it would be in the punk, hardcore, and metal genres. Which makes sense: Lehl is a member of some of the region's most legendary hardcore and punk bands, including Negative Approach, Easy Action, and the Meatmen.

"I always wanted to open my own shop, it was just a matter of figuring out how to do it and finding the time to do it," says Lehl. "I play in bands and we're on the road a lot. But vinyl is kind of hot right now, so I wanted to strike while the iron's hot."

He got his start selling vinyl albums on Ebay. It was at the urging of Meatmen frontman Tesco Vee that Lehl began lugging boxes of vinyl to sell at record conventions. The business, he says, snowballed from there.

Lehl believes that the city's historic district has a lot of potential for growth. A Warren resident himself, Lehl has long thought that the historic district could one day become a destination. And Village Vinyl could help nudge that growth along. While commercial corridors like Woodward and Gratiot avenues have their fair share of independent record stores, the centrally-located Village Vinyl helps fill a gap somewhere in between the two.

Village Vinyl is located at 5972 Chicago Rd. in Warren.

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Retro-themed club Boogie Fever Cafe and Disco to celebrate grand re-opening in Ferndale

What's old is new again. Or is it: what's new is old again. Either way, Boogie Fever Cafe and Disco, that venerable retro-themed dance club in downtown Ferndale, is making a comeback.

In 2014, after 15 years of Boogie Fever, co-owners Mark McConnell and Rob Potter decided to reboot the Woodward Avenue nightspot as Twisted Tavern, a more contemporary club and restaurant. But after just three years of operating Twisted Tavern, McConnell and Potter are bringing the Boogie back.

"We realized that running Boogie Fever is what's in our wheelhouse," McConnell says. "And that's what the people wanted, so we're going to give them what they want."

The retro-themed dance parties are back, and so, too, is the light-up dance floor. There are some slight differences from its first iteration, with McConnell and Potter keeping some of the Twisted Tavern upgrades. McConnell says the decor is a little less cheeky, and a little more chic. The cafe features windows that open up to the sidewalk, and the kitchen will be serving dishes a step above the average bar food, including Ahi Tuna.

What remains the same is Boogie Fever's emphasis on entertainment. The establishment is open Wednesday through Saturday, with each night featuring a different theme. Wednesdays are trivia nights. Thursdays include half-off bottles of wine, and could eventually become New Wave night, featuring early 1980s-era MTV music videos and dance parties. 
There's an acoustic open mic night in the cafe on Fridays, and will eventually host classic rock cover bands on the club side. And Saturdays are reserved for the big Boogie Fever dance parties, with a DJ playing music from the 1970s and 80s, and some from today.

McConnell seems excited to bring back the Boogie Fever brand. Marveling at people's enthusiasm for the club, he says that people are flying in just for the grand reopening party. The demand is there.

"When you work for yourself, you have to recognize trends," McConnell says. "We have a lot of people that work here. We owe it to them to be the best that we can be.

The Boogie Fever grand reopening party is Saturday, Jan. 20. The cafe and club assume regular hours Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Boogie Fever Cafe and Disco is located at 22901 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale.

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Michigan-sourced butcher shop expands operations in Ferndale

Farm Field Table is a butcher shop with a mission. And with a planned 2,500 sq. ft. Expansion on the table, the Ferndale-based purveyor of Michigan-sourced meats hopes to further its cause of supporting the state's small and independent farmers.

Farm Field Table is owned by twin brothers Matt and Mike Romine. They got their start in the meat business four years ago, when they opened the Mule Foot gastro pub in Imlay City. Soon, their father started farming mule foot hogs to supply their kitchen. Then, the idea of the brothers opening their own butcher shop started to take form. 
They opened Farm Field Table in Ferndale at the end of 2016.

The Ferndale location operates as a butcher and retail shop, serving walk-up customers but also some of the area's most notable chefs. Co-owner Matt Romine says that a significant portion of their customers are the restaurants that routinely make "Best restaurants of metro Detroit" lists, restaurants like Selden Standard and Chartreuse, both in Detroit.

Farm Field Table butchers and sells beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and rabbit, and sometimes goat, turkey, and goose. One hundred percent of its products are GMO-, antibiotic-, and hormone-free, and one hundred percent of its products come from Michigan farms.

"We select farms for quality. The beautiful coincidence is that in search of the best flavor, we find the animals that are treated the best," Matt says. "It's also good for sustainability, both in economic and ecological impact."

With its expansion, the Romine brothers hope to broaden and grow their base of customers. They've purchased $300,000 worth of equipment, and now they're waiting for their lease to finalize so they can open up the expansion, adjacent to their current location, and put that equipment to use.

"To capture smaller restaurants, you have to control costs better, and lower costs," Matt says. "This will allow us to do that."

"Our goal is to support as many farms as we can."

Farm Field Table is located at 1030 Woodward Heights Blvd. in Ferndale.

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