Several restaurants in the Metro-Detroit area are making use of old gas or service stations. The space provides a unique architectural twist that apparently spurs creativity in decor and/or dishes on the menu.
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Red Crown Grosse Pointe occupies a former service station. While an antique gas pump is utilized in the decor, the dining area itself is pretty standard. There are, however, a couple of large windows left over from the garage bays. The restaurant serves brunch on Sundays with a long list of dishes, both traditional and unique.
The Vinsetta Garage Restaurant in Berkley operates out of a former gas and service station, but the restaurant capitalizes on the space in terms of both decoration and size. Whether or not the "76" balls in the window do anything for you, you'll be delighted with the large portions of diner favorites, including chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, macaroni & cheese and pizza.
The Local Kitchen & Bar in Ferndale also makes use of a former gas station. Unlike Red Crown and Vinsetta Garage, however, Local Kitchen doesn't incorporate the gas station elements into the restaurant's theme. Instead, the building's unique architecture and location relative to Nine Mile Road are used to create a lot of vertical space, an all-season porch and a large patio. In addition to sandwiches and salads, the menu includes Americana favorites like Fried Green Tomatoes and Macaroni & Cheese.