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Where to Eat and Drink in Detroit’s Current Renaissance Moment

A revival in the culinary and beverage scenes in the Motor City is being led by restaurateurs and distillers looking for bargains on space. Here's what you need to know to take advantage.
This is a night image of the Greektown district of Detroit. It shows the neon signs that make Monroe Avenue so beautiful at night.
Photographer: Photo by Mike Kline (notkalvin)/Getty Images

Detroit is on its way back from the brink and its revival is being led, in part, by the food and wine industry. Don't let the reputation scare you: It's one of the most vibrant, interesting and delicious places I've visited in years. The largest municipal bankruptcy in American history and the flight of half its population haven't been kind. It can look scary, but the city is now stable, clean and much safer.

It's not just big players like Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert who are working to revive downtown; it's also entrepreneurs with less cash who are buying and creating throughout the city limits. Deals for restaurant spaces, often done with the city, can be negotiated in the $20,000-$35,000 range—or sometimes just in exchange for covering back taxes. Even the city's great skyscrapers are up for grabs.