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Black Chef Establishes First Inner City Food Hall In Detroit

Business leaders have had conversations and they all have led to one new dining venture looking to put Motown on the map.

Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall

Early September marked the time Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall, a Black-owned food hall, embarked on its grand opening ceremony on the west side of Detroit. The food hall is stationed at 10635 W. McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221, according to Afrotech.


Chef Bob, the owner, said It’s “the first inner city food hall in Detroit” in a TikTok video posted by @entermotorcity.


“Two whole years working on this project, but we did it,” Chef Bob shared. “The inspectors just came -- fire, electrical, mechanical. Everybody came through. We passed baby. I’ve been stressed. I’ve been broke. I spent it all baby. I spent it all but it’s coming back to us. Detroit, we did it.”


What is all of this? It’s a leading economic development project and upcoming community hub featuring Black and minority-owned restaurants. It includes Detroit Wild Pit, Heavenly Chicken & Waffles, Poon’s Hibachi Grill, Borderline Tacos + Things, Crazy Burger, Your Perfect Blend, and Delectabowl.


The selected business owners are first-time restaurateurs to ensure “their dreams are nurtured and celebrated,” according to the food hall’s website. Additionally, the restaurants exemplify the neighborhood’s culture.


“Our commitment to the community extends beyond providing delectable meals; we strive to create a collaborative space where residents and visitors can come together, fostering a sense of belonging and opportunity,” the website stated. “As you step into Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall, you’ll be greeted with an array of culinary delights that reflect the rich cultural tapestry of our neighborhood. We take pride in showcasing local favorites.


“Our food hall is a testament to the power of inclusive development and the resilience of the community it serves. We hope you will join us on a journey of taste and connection. … Our commitment to the community goes hand in hand with our mission to provide a platform for the first-time restaurateurs, ensuring their dreams have staying power. By partnering with the community and celebrating the diverse cultures and cuisines that surround us, we create a collaborative, shared space that benefits everyone.”


For more information, go to whatchawannaeatfoodhall.com.

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