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10 anticipated restaurants opening in 2022 around Metro Detroit


In 2021, Metro Detroit saw a ton of new restaurants, both casual and upscale, make their debut, and more are on the horizon to open in 2022. 

Local diners will likely see more seafood options, taco stands, hipster attractions and classic bars open up in hot spots like downtown Royal Oak, Midtown and the Avenue of Fashion, but also in out-of-the-way areas that could use new dining options. 

Here are 10 new eateries expected to open in 2022. 

Fork in Nigeria: Jollof rice, meat pies, goat and oxtail dishes and fufu — pounded yams served with flavorful stew — are coming to Midtown Detroit with the opening of sit-down restaurant Fork in Nigeria. You may have seen chef Prej Iroegbu's food truck around town. He expects the brick-and-mortar version to be ready as soon as next month. 4219 Woodward, Detroit. forkinnigeria.com.

Bar Pigalle: Named after a French neighborhood, this new Brush Park restaurant is opening on the ground floor of the Carlton Lofts with craft cocktails, refined plates and a relaxed setting. The team behind Bar Pigalle is beverage expert Travis Fourmont and certified sommelier Joseph Allerton. "We want to be innovative, we want to showcase our skills and ability, but we also want to have some kind of old-school staples," Fourmont told The News last fall. "French is so classic and so great, but a lot of people think about French, they think of fine dining ... where we want to have more that cocktail bar, brasserie kind of feel." 2915 John R, Detroit. barpigalle.com.

Basan: Opening in 2022 to the ground floor of Olympia Development's Eddystone residences, Basan is coming to us from the team behind popular Brush Park restaurant Grey Ghost. The 85-seat restaurant will serve Asian-inspired dishes and employ the use of a Robata grill. Owners say they want the atmosphere to be reminiscent of an Izakaya, a casual Japanese bar with food. 2703 Park, Detroit. basandetroit.com

What's Crackin': Chef Max Hardy has been cooking up this seasoned seafood boil concept for a while. A project with Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles owner Ron Bartell, What's Crackin' is a casual restaurant on the Avenue of Fashion, and it is expected to open in early 2022. 19163 Livernois, Detroit. 

24 on Livernois: Also on the Avenue of Fashion, this three-in-one concept is expected to open this spring with a restaurant, cigar bar and live music venue. Seven Mile and Livernois. 

More: Five new restaurants coming to Detroit's Avenue of Fashion

See You Tomorrow: Breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch is the plan for this forthcoming Woodward Avenue joint. There will be a bar, too, so you can brunch it up. Part of the team includes chef Doug Calhoun, who you may know from the Cass Cafe, so expect a good amount of vegan and gluten-free dining options. See You Tomorrow could see us as soon as March. 7760 Woodward, Detroit. 

Heirloom Hospitality project: Construction resumes this week on a new 11,000-square-foot restaurant from Heirloom Hospitality, the group behind Prime + Proper and Townhouse restaurants. Initially announced pre-pandemic as a Neapolitan pizza restaurant called Sauce, the project has changed and a new name and concept will be announced before its late spring debut. 4120 Second, Detroit. 

Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen: A new Mexican restaurant for downtown Ferndale, Mezcal is located on the ground floor of the lofts at E. Nine Mile and Bermuda. Owners Sandra Haro and Jose Granados will serve street tacos, tortas, quesabirria, burritos and they'll have a full bar with mezcal flights plus signature cocktails like palomas, margaritas and an Oaxacan old fashioned. "We want to bring a little of our culture by introducing mezcal and Mexican modern art to the area," said Haro, adding that Mezcal may open in early February. 201 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 268-3915. mezcalferndale.com

Bohemia: The Mediterranean cuisine at this funky new downtown Royal Oak restaurant is cooked in an open kitchen over charcoal. Expect house specialties like hummus and freshly baked bread. This is a new concept from restaurateur Adam Merkel, whose restaurant group also has Pearl's Deep Dive in the same building and Pinky's Rooftop upstairs. He's planning to open Bohemia next month. 100 S. Main, Royal Oak. eatatbohemia.com.

Pastaio: Going where the Royal Oak HopCat was, this fresh pasta and brick-oven pizza concept comes to us from Florida-based restaurateur Pasquale Lamarra. There will be a full bar and an nightclub on the upper level called OO Bar (pronounced "double oh"). 208 W. Fifth, Royal Oak. eatpastaio.com

Also on the horizon: A second location for Detroit Soul is coming to 14300 E. Jefferson in Detroit this year; Culture Soul Detroit (from the owners of Le Culture Cafe) is planning to open at 24737 W. Eight Mile; a restaurant called Petty Cash looks close to opening on Avenue of Fashion; and in Clawson, Weiss Distilling Company will debut a tasting room Jan. 15. 

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