Birmingham Invades Detroit: New Dining Spots Open in Suburb as Restaurateurs Expand South

Melody Baetens/ Detroit News

Chef Emmele Herrold and Beth Hussey of Hazel, Ravines and Downtown.

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The suburban community of Birmingham has a slew of new restaurants opening up on Woodward Avenue. 

At the same time, some Birmingham restaurateurs are beginning to make their way south to Detroit. 

WDET’s Ryan Patrick Hooper speaks with Detroit News features reporter Melody Baetens about some of the new Birmingham eateries including Adachi, a recently opened Japanese restaurant, and Hazel, Ravines and Downtown.

Hazel, Ravines and Downtown, which is named for the three Birmingham neighborhoods in the area, is a joint venture from Beth Hussey and Chef Emmele Herrold, who were both involved with two other Ferndale food ventures — Pop’s for Italian and One Eyed Betty’s

Baetens says with the new restaurant, “they own it. They’re running it. They’re deciding every little thing.” 

The way the menu is set up is kind of like the neighborhoods,” Baetens explains. “You’ve got your Hazel which is going to be familiar, comfort food.” 

Ravines will incorporate flavors from around the world from places such as Europe and South America. 

Downtown is trendy,” says Baetens. “Vegan entrés…this menu’s going to change a lot and the cocktail menu’s the same way.” 

Image credit: Melody Baetens/ Detroit News

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Ryan Patrick Hooper

Host & Producer, CultureShift

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

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