What Will Eastern Market Look Like in Five Years?

With a new developer in the neighborhood and longtime Farmers’ Restaurant closing, some are nervous that historic market could see rush of changes in next few years.

Courtesy of Melody Baetens

Click the audio player above to listen to the full conversation. CultureShift airs weekdays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit Public Radio.

Each week, Detroit News reporter Melody Baetens gives you a seat at the table at the latest restaurant or dining trend in metro Detroit.

This week, Baetens talks about big changes in Eastern Market—one of the city’s favorite neighborhoods.

“Real estate investor-developer Sanford Nelson and his family having been buying up a lot of the buildings,” says Baetens. “He bought the building that houses Supino’s (Pizzeria) and Russel Street Deli and Bert’s Marketplace.”

There’s some skepticism about the recent changes.

“People have decades of tradition going to Eastern Market,” adds Baetens. “There’s still a lot of businesses that have stood the test of time.”

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation with Detroit News reporter Melody Baetens talk about changes happening in Eastern Market. 


  • Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.