What’s Cooking: Metro Detroit’s Top Food and Beverage Headlines for July 2024

Find out what’s happening with Baobab Fare, Puma, and other local restaurants this month.
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Baobab Fare鈥檚 food truck, Waka, will become a brick-and-mortar at Eastern Market. // Photograph courtesy of Booth One Creative

Baobab Fare to expand in Detroit

James Beard Award-nominated Burundian eatery is expanding its reach in Detroit. In March, owners Hamissi Mamba and Nadia Nijimbere bought a new property in East English Village at where they plan to open a second Baobab Fare location. Then, in May, they announced that their food truck spin-off, , will be getting a brick-and-mortar location in Eastern Market.

Waka has a street food-centric menu with offerings like stewed meats and veggies wrapped in chapati (a flatbread), along with brochettes 鈥 skewered meat kabobs grilled over charcoal. Waka will open at , previously occupied by the iconic Russell Street Deli until 2019.

Puma roars onto the food scene over Memorial Day weekend

Javier Bardauil鈥檚 had a soft opening in late May in Detroit鈥檚 Core City neighborhood. It featured DJ sets from local legends like Sheefy McFly in conjunction with the Movement electronic music festival.

Located a stone鈥檚 throw from Bardauil鈥檚 James Beard Award-nominated Barda, Puma takes a more casual approach to Argentine cuisine and drinks, with live music and a late-night bar.

The North End has a new, community-owned grocery store

A Black-led grocery store opened at in Detroit鈥檚 North End on May 1. has the mission of providing healthy food access to Detroit residents and is democratically controlled by its members.

The co-op also prioritizes buying from local growers, producers, vendors, and service providers to keep dollars circulating in the community. Lifetime memberships are $200 per person.

Le帽a brings Spanish-influenced cuisine to Brush Park

from the owners of Shelby has opened in Detroit鈥檚 Brush Park neighborhood.

At the kitchen鈥檚 helm is Mike Conrad, previously chef de cuisine at Oak & Reel and . Selden Standard alumna and 2019 James Beard Award nominee Lena Sareini is pastry chef.

The menu features dishes inspired by Catalan and Basque cuisines 鈥 many of which are prepared over a hearth 鈥 plus wines and cocktails.


This story originally appeared in the July 2024 issue of 黑料网 Detroit magazine. To read more, pick up a copy of 黑料网 Detroit at a local retail outlet. Our digital edition will be available on July 8.