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.
Photo © Nancy Jones
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.
That being said, it's not all about the Paczki. There are several concerts, shows and expos scheduled this weekend, including George Lopez, Bizarre, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with selections from Love Never Dies, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Outdoorama, and Cottage & Lake Front Living Show... Read more about This Weekend in Detroit.
Whether you're looking to screen some nominated films or just want to find a local Oscar party, you'll find the Metro-Detroit area hosts an event for you.
If you are still looking to find a local connection to the Academy Awards, you can peruse a list of Michiganders who brought home an Oscar, like Ellen Burstyn, Charlton Heston, and George C. Scott. Several movies filmed in Michigan also earned the award.
For all this and more, check out Michigan and the Academy Awards.
They did the state proud. Not only does the state have ties to a Bobsleigh Silver medal and Ice Dancing Gold, several Detroit Red Wings are returning home with a medal in hand. You can find out the specifics as follows:
There are a lot of big names coming in concert to the Metro-Detroit area. Here are just a few highlights:
- George Lopez
- Paul Simon & Sting
- Robin Thicke
- Steve Tyrell
- Foster the People
- Lady Gaga
- Bruno Mars
- Eddie Izzard
- The Jacksons
- Jay Leno
- One Republic w/ The Script
- Dave Matthews Band
- RIngo Starr and His All Star Band
July & August
- Justin Timberlake
- Katy Perry
Figure Skater Jeremy Abbott finished in the top 15 on all three of his skates, while all of our ice dancers who train in Michigan finished their skates (so far) in the top 10. Our snowboarders have also finished in the top 10, and our speed skaters have made a good showing. While we are a long way from the medal podium in Men's Ice Hockey, players with Michigan ties have helped Team USA come in first in the Preliminary Round, Group A.
The medal count for Michigan athletes currently stands at 1 BRONZE for Meryl Davis and Charlie White in the Team Figure Skating event.
If you want more specifics, you can check out how Meryl Davis & Charlie White are doing, as well as check out how the State of Michigan is represented in Olympic Hockey.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White
Photo © Jamie Squire / Getty Images (9/12/09)
The Olympics are officially underway and Michigan athletes have already made an impression. So far at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Michiganders have earned the U.S. a Bronze Medal. In fact, all of the Michigan athletes who have competed so far have finished in the top 10. Check out more details in Schedule, Results, and Medal Count for 2014 Michigan Olympic Athletes.
While the North American International Auto Show is arguably Detroit's biggest trade show, it's not the only show in town. Expo centers in the Metro-Detroit area provide venues for trade shows, conventions, expos, sporting events and more. Some of the events coming to the area in the next few months include the Detroit Boat Show, Autorama, Break the Floor Dance Convention, The Extraordinaire Easter Hair Show, The Woodworking Show, Novi Bridal Expo, Outdoorama, Motor City Hot Rod & Racing Expo, VegFest 2014, LEGO Kidsfest Tour, 2014 International Womens Show, Comic Con, Ray Nikolai's Railroad Model Train & Memorial Show, 4th Annual Warrior Competition, and Detroit Area Auto Modelers Toy Show -- just to name a few. For more information, check out the list of shows and events scheduled at Detroit-area expo centers.
While it is easy to associate February with Valentine's Day, there is so much more to the month than the special events scheduled in celebration of the holiday. In 2014, February in Detroit is about watching the Olympics in Sochi and rooting for your home-town athlete. It's about blues music, tattoos and winter festivals. It's about the weather warming up a bit so that we Detroiters can actually go outside and enjoy the winter season, whether it be by ice skating, cross-country skiing or downhill skiing.
It's always smart to plan ahead when it comes to the romantic holiday. As it turns out, the Metro-Detroit area has plenty to offer on Valentine's Day (and the subsequent weekend). Whether the romance is expressed in reservations at a romantic restaurant, zoo stroll, comedy showcase, band concert, ball or cruise, it can't hurt to find him/her a gift as well. For ideas and information, check out the Guide to Valentine's Day in Detroit.