Food And Drinks

Here are some metro Detroit businesses that closed in 2020


A year like no other. A one-time pandemic. The new normal. “Regardless of the 2020 description, the novel coronavirus has changed what feels like in every corner of life.

And in a year of great losses, companies were no exception. Restaurants and retailers saw lower foot traffic and less revenue. You had to make quick security adjustments in a health crisis. Some were able to stay afloat while others were forced to close.

Here are some Metro Detroit stores that closed this year.

Wayne County

Detroit Institute of Bagels, Detroit

Corktown Bagel and Coffee Junction The Detroit Institute of Bagels on Michigan Ave. 1236 closed the store in September after seven years of business. The owner decided to sell the business.

Tijuanas Mexican Cuisine, Detroit

Tijuanas Mexican Kitchen, a family-run restaurant with two locations in Metro Detroit, closed the doors of its Detroit on Ford Road 18950 in October after about ten years of business.

On Friday, January 24, 2013, Peter Dalinowski will select music for dinner in the Revolver restaurant in Hamtramck.  Dalinowski is now working on a new concept in Hazel Park called Frame.

Revolver, Hamtramck

The restaurant with a common dining room and weekly changing chefs did not survive the novel coronavirus pandemic. After seven years in the business, Revolver closed in Jos. Campau Ave. 9737. Eating together quickly lost its luster and dinner was repeatedly postponed.

Magnet in Detroit, Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

Magnet, Detroit

The hospitality group behind Detroit’s Takoi at 2520 Michigan Ave. and Magnet at 4842 Grand River Ave. dissolved in summer. As a result, Magnet, the Middle East-inspired Takoi follow-up that debuted in 2019, closed its doors.

Avalon Cafe and Biscuit Bar, Detroit

Avalon International Breads announced that it will not reopen the Avalon Cafe and Biscuit Bar on 2998 W Grand Blvd in August. The New Center location, which opened three years ago, was part of the company’s expansion into places like Ann Arbor and downtown Detroit.

City Hall Caffe, Detroit

According to Eater Detroit, the café in the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood of Detroit announced its closure in a Facebook and Instagram post in October.

Romanos Macaroni grill, Livonia

Romano’s macaroni grill at 39300 Seven Mile in Livonia appeared to be closed for good, Hometown Life reported in June. No Michigan locations are listed on the company’s website.

Marovski’s family restaurant, Dearborn Heights

After 50 years in the business, Marovski’s family restaurant on 25032 W Warren Street announced in a Facebook post that the longtime restaurant would be closing its doors, according to Eater Detroit.

Fort Street Galley, Detroit

The Fort Street Galley in downtown Detroit at 160 West Fort St. closed in February just over a year before the pandemic devastated the economy.

Oakland County

Kruse & Muer Roadhouse, Orionsee

The restaurant closed in October, according to Eater Detroit and a post on the company’s website. They cited COVID-19 and road construction as reasons for closing the restaurant. The company was offered the opportunity to sell the property to a former team member, Darrel Sanrope. Sanrope and his wife will be relocating their Port Huron restaurant to the Lake Orion property.

A good day out Cafe, South Lyon

A Good Day Cafe at 399 S. Lafayette St. announced in June that it would not reopen after closing for several months, Hometown Life reported.

City tavern, Royal Oak

A Royal Oak Mainstay Town Tavern announced the final closure of their 16th W. Fourth St. restaurant.

HopCat, Royal Oak

The popular gastropub chain announced in June that it would permanently close its Royal Oak location at 208 W 5th St. and was looking for another location in Royal Oak.

Nello’s Eatery, Royal Oak

Nello’s family restaurant on 25994 Woodward Ave. Royal Oak is closed.

Golden basket, royal oak

Another family-run Royal Oak restaurant, Golden Basket at 32286 Woodward Ave., also closed its doors.

Bistro 82, Royal Oak

The French-inspired Bistro 82 restaurant at 401 South Lafayette Ave. closed its doors in January, weeks before the pandemic hit the hospitality and leisure industries.

Manus Power Mower, Royal Oak

The family-run business at 30642 Woodward Ave. was closed at the end of September. It focused on looking after local homeowners.

Free Phoenix, Ferndale

The gift shop at 171 W Nine Mile Rd. In downtown Ferndale, where housewares and gifts were sold, closed in May after three years of business.

The hi hat, Ferndale

The Hi Hat boutique hat store and barber shop on 195 W. Nine Mile Road announced that it will close after four years in late 2020. Hats, scarves, ties, bow ties, wallets and all accessories are discounted according to a Facebook post.

Twice for antiques, Berkley

The antique shop at 2966 12 Mile Road closed in September with the resignation of owner Diane Farrington, according to a Facebook post.

Tribalfare, Clawson

According to owner Ojas Akolkar, the boutique at 288 W. 14 Mile Road with jewelry, textiles and a stationary shop has moved. The company has weathered the coronavirus pandemic successfully, but Akolkar’s husband received an unexpected job offer in Florida.

Macomb County

Clinton Township's Major Magic has announced it will be closing months after the owner tried to revive the once popular pizza entertainment eatery.

Major Magic, Clinton Ward

The pizza and animatronics entertainment restaurant announced in November that it will be closing immediately. The shop at 34770 Groesbeck Hwy was a staple for children.

All over the state

Loves furniture and mattresses in a former Art Van furniture store on Seven Mile Road in Livonia, Michigan on December 4, 2020.

Loves furniture

The furniture business, with locations in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, closed nine additional stores in Michigan in December. Twelve stores remain in the state. The locations are in: Dearborn, Waterford, Port Huron, Livonia, Burton, Saginaw, Bay City, Muskegon and Petoskey.

Sanders Candy

Popular candy store Sanders Candy announced this summer that it would permanently close four of its Michigan stores and instead focus on online, grocery and warehouse sales. Closed stores are in Grosse Pointe, Livonia (Laurel Park Place), Novi (Twelve Oaks Mall) and St. Clair Shores.

This is a view of the front window of the Ann Arbor restaurant, Logan, 115 W. Washington in downtown Ann Arbor, Tuesday, January 25, 2005, just two months after it opened.  Logan announced that it will be permanently closed during the 2020 COVID-19 crisis.

Logan, Ann Arbor

This 16-year-old addition to Ann Arbor’s dining scene, while not on Metro Detroit, announced its closure in June. The restaurant at 115 W Washington St. was known for its contemporary American cuisine.

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Dusty Kennedy