THE MOST EXCITING NEW WORKOUT SPOTS & HEALTHY RESTAURANTS OPENING IN DETROIT

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HANNAH GORDON

APR 15, 2019

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Living in Detroit means living amidst constant change. With new restaurants, bars, sports complexes, and apartment buildings popping up all over the place, it can feel overwhelming to get your bearings straight. Luckily for you, Fitt keeps tabs on all the new workout spots and healthy restaurants opening around town — that way all you have to do is show up.

Are you looking for a new, challenging workout spot? Hungry for a change? Whether you’re new to the area, or just looking to mix it up, here’s a list of all the new workout spots and good eats in Detroit.

Get your WOD in at CrossFit BMW’s new location in Rivertown. Conveniently located right off Jefferson Ave., on the corner of Woodbridge and Jos Campau, CrossFit BMW invites CrossFit veterans and newbies alike to get their ass to grass (squat form terminology, of course) in their signature micro-box. The micro-box allows for a more personalized workout, with hands-on instructors and modifications for all experience levels. CrossFit BMW also offers convenient AM and PM classes, so you can hit the box before or after work. If before work, ASHE Supply Co. is just down the street; if after work, Atwater Brewery is also just down the street. There’s no reason not to go.

EnSoul already has not one but two locations, and they’re about to add a third. Already you can “Plug EN to Your Soul” at their Ferndale location or their downtown location, which occupies the top floor of the Guardian Building (the gorgeous view adds to the chill vibes!). It was announced on EnSoul’s Instagram that a third location would be popping in New Center sometime in 2019. The New Center area itself is changing like crazy, and EnSoul is along for the ride.

Stepping into Equinox is like stepping into a dream. This high-end gym is now open in Bloomfield Hills — the brand’s first Michigan location. And, seriously, they have it all: a 7,500-plus-square-foot strength floor, a group fitness studio, a yoga studio, a Pilates studio, saltwater lap and plunge pools, a 3,000-square-foot cardio floor, a cycling studio, a barre studio, a stretch floor, and luxury locker rooms. The gym also offers a shop (which has all the best workout brands, like Nike and lululemon), a kids club, and Beyond Juice. What more could you possibly need?

Satisfy all of your Middle Eastern cravings quickly with Anita’s Kitchen’s new grab-and-go location in Downtown Detroit. AKtakeaway will serve breakfast and lunch, dishing out yummy breakfast bowls, sandwiches, wraps, manoush (house-made flatbread — yes, please!), and salads. Eat it there, or take it to go — the choice is yours and the possibilities are endless. AKtakeaway will open this fall in the 150 W. Jefferson building at the corner of Griswold and Larned (pretty convenient location for your lunch break, huh?).

Grabbagreen isn’t just changing the fast food game, it’s revitalizing it. The fast-casual chain, which originated in Arizona and has since expanded to 26 locations nationwide, is set up in Birmingham at 167 Old Woodward Avenue, in the historic Erity-Nixon Building. The Grabbagreen difference is their ethos — how they approach and innovate an industry inundated with unhealthy fast food. This fast-casual eatery offers organic food, protein-packed bowls and wraps, fresh-pressed juices, acai bowls, paper products made with recycled materials, and even full on detoxes.

Baobab Fare, which is slated to open sometime before December of this year, will be a vegetarian-friendly East African restaurant and market on Woodward, between East Grand Blvd. and Milwaukee Ave. Run by Nadia Nijimbere and Hamissi Mamba, refugees from Burundi, Baobab Fare doesn’t only boast delicious food (with a veggie-heavy menu, peppers, onions, tomatoes, garlic, and celery being menu staples), it also promises a sense of community and of belonging. Nijimbere and Mamba want Baobab Fare to be enjoyed by all. A good community is dependent on diversity, according to the wife-husband duo, and diversity is at the heart of their endeavor.

You’ve no doubt heard of the infamous coney island rivalry in Detroit — American vs. Lafayette. But where’s the vegan option? No worries — Chili Mustard Onions has your back. Chili Mustard Onions is Detroit’s first vegan coney restaurant, and it opens this month in Brush Park. The spot, which can seat about 30, offers vegan coneys, a vegan version of the Hani sandwich—a sandwich made with chicken tenders that originated at National —and vegan gyros. The owners, husband-and-wife duo Pete and Shellee LaCombe, are vegans themselves and wanted to open a restaurant that could authentically recreate the foods they missed the most.

Speaking of vegan cravings, Detroit food truck Rocky’s Road Brew is getting their own brick-and-mortar location, Damelo Cafe, so if you’ve been craving vegan tacos, you’re in luck. The food truck got its start in Austin, Texas, but it’s been serving up delicious, vegan tacos in Detroit since 2017. The new, permanent spot will set up in Southwest Detroit, at the corner of Morrell St. and West Vernor Hwy. Damelo, which means “give it to me” in Spanish, will open its doors this winter. Get ready to say “Damelo!” on (vegan) Taco Tuesday!

Farm-to-table meets fast casual at Fresh Forage in Ann Arbor, the farm-to-table haven. Fresh Forage sources its ingredients from local farms—including the head chef’s own farm—and has a rotating menu that serves what’s in season. This 75-seat eatery offers up delicious, sustainable food that patrons can order from either a cashier or a touch-screen kiosk. Order a pre-made 32oz. bowl, or create your own with ingredients like white rice, sweet potato noodles, baby greens, massaged kale, chicken breast, bulgogi beef, teriyaki tofu, and more.

Coming to the Federal Reserve building this fall is Fort Street Galley, a food hall created by Galley Group. Galley Group is unique in the restaurant game: they model their food halls after tech incubators by offering four spots to applicant chefs from around the US in the Detroit-based food hall. Applications for the four spots were due May first. After a minimum stay of one year, the selected chefs have several options: they can stay at the food hall, open their own restaurant, or move pursue another project altogether. For the time being, however, the four winning chefs will serve up their very best in downtown Detroit. In addition to the wide array of foods offered, Detroit's galley will also have a full bar. Once Fort Street Galley opens this fall, it’s sure to be a popular dining spot, where there’s something for everyone who visits.

This Dearborn-based restaurant is bursting onto the Detroit scene with its delicious burgers that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Brome Modern Eatery aims to “make an impact” with its menu, which features ethically-sourced, healthy ingredients and products made in house. Say ‘so long’ to the days of feeling bloated and unhealthy after eating a burger; Brome’s burgers “defy the basics of American classics” and are jam-packed with ingredients that are actually good for you. The eatery also offers vegetarian and vegan options — like the Impossible Burger and the Veganmami, an organic vegan patty. Your go-to burger spot is now open at 607 Shelby St.

Fans of Shimmy Shack, rejoice — you’ll no longer have to track down the vegan food truck. Shimmy Shack has officially landed its very own permanent, brick-and-mortar location in Plymouth Township. Shimmy Shack, known for its vegan and gluten-free food, got its start in 2013 and quickly became a Detroit favorite. The restaurant will maintain the 1950s vibe and the scrumptious burgers, fries, and coneys. As if you could possibly need anything else, Shimmy Shack’s permanent location will also feature a retail space for vegan goods and vintage pop-ups (don’t worry — they’ll only allow vegan-friendly goods!).

Healthy takeout? Seems like an unrealistic dream, right? Wrong! GreenSpace & Go, a new fast-casual eatery in Royal Oak, brings the healthy to fast food. GreenSpace & Go is a spin-off of the vegan restaurant GreenSpace Cafe in Ferndale, founded by vegan cardiologist Joel Kahn (“America’s Healthy Heart Doc”) and his wife. The focus at this new spot is on fresh, made-to-order, healthy, portable food.. So, get all your bowl, wrap, salad, soup, and smoothie cravings satisfied—fast—at 32867 Woodward in Royal Oak.

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