New Restaurants Are Popping up All Over Detroit, but What About the Ones That Have Been Around for Decades?

Melody Baetens/ Detroit News

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Over the past five years, there’s been a wave of new restaurants opening in Detroit and throughout the metro area.

But where does that leave legacy restaurants that have spent decades building a costumer base that is often siphoned off to the new kid on the block? 

WDET’s Ryan Patrick Hooper speaks with Detroit News features reporter Melody Baetens about old-school restaurants and how they’re making it work in Metro Detroit’s rapidly changing dining climate. 

Baetens says that constantly writing about all the new eateries opening up got her thinking about the spots that have been around for decades. 

Baetens spoke with the owners of places such as The Whitney and Mario’s to see how business is going.

I found very different answers,” she says. 


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Ryan Patrick Hooper

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Ryan Patrick Hooper has worked as an arts and culture journalist in Detroit for over a decade.   Follow @hoopingtonpost

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