I visited a wonderful treasure in Detroit while staying in Michigan. It is a magical little city block located Michigan Avenue that has been given new life by some pretty talented young people and is located in a neighborhood called Corktown. The lively buildings are located in eye sight of the intriguing vacant Detroit's Michigan Central Station shown below. The old train station that was last used in1988 by Amtrak is a visual master piece and has been in debate for destruction for quite some time. It was designed by the same architects that designed New York City's Grand Central Terminal.It has such an amazing presence in person. I would have loved to have experienced it in its heyday!
I was so bummed Astro the coffee shop shown below was closed when we got there. The guy running the show shown was so nice to open his doors and let me take a quick peek and shoot a few photos. I think it is was started by the same guys who own Comet coffee in Ann Arbor which is my all time favorite coffee shop in the states.
We were lucky to get in for a drink at the watering hole called The Sugar House. They are known for their pre-prohibition style cocktails mixed with house made bitters and syrups. We had to patiently wait outside until the bouncer informed us that we could enter through the heavy drapes into the craft cocktail bar. It was like being in Oz and given permission to see the wizard. Those heavy drapes really did give it a certain feel like it was a privilege to enter inside. The interior was dark and moody, just the way I like it. You felt as if you stepped back in time with the beautiful restored wood bar, chandeliers and deer heads hanging. I loved it.
This place is really known for Slows barbaque. Unfortunately we had all eaten barbaque the night before and had planned on getting dinner in Greek town which is also in downtown. So we did not get to enjoy their good food but next time I am in town I am certainly going to get some pulled pork from Slows.