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Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall debuts new inner city food venture

Posted by Qiana Davis on August 23, 2023

Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall features cuisine options from local vendors. (Photo credit: Detroit News)

The new kid on the block to the Detroit culinary scene, Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall, aims to shine a light on local Detroit food businesses. The one-stop shop for homegrown eats, sweets, and treats, the pick-up-and-go dining hall concept is a first for inner-city eateries. Each restaurant inside the hall provides an opportunity and space for a variety of first-time Black or minority restauranteurs to flourish and celebrate the surrounding neighborhood’s food culture.

From local favorites Detroit Wild Pit, Heavenly Chicken & Waffles, Poon’s Hibachi Grill, Borderline Tacos + Things to Crazy Burger, Your Perfect Blend, and Delectabowl, there is something for everyone. The dining hall’s website promises a “commitment to the community beyond providing delectable meals and a collaborative space where residents and visitors can come together, fostering a sense of belonging and opportunity.”  Foodies can stop into Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall Tuesday – Thursday: 11am – 9pm, Friday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm and Sunday: Noon – 6pm and dive into a rich tapestry of local culinary delights.

The story behind Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall

“Two whole years working on this project, but we did it,” Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall owner, Chef Bob shared with Yahoo Afro Tech. “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!”

The vibrant culinary experience offers residents and visitors a gathering space to share in good food and support economic development within the community. Food lovers can simultaneously participate in a movement that centers around community empowerment while cultivating unique tastes and flavors.

Nestled on W. Nichols just east of the Lodge, Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall will open its doors to the public in early September. Visit the official Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall website to learn more about each participating restaurant and view the inclusive dining hall’s diverse menu options.

Come hungry and leave inspired.


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