By Ryan Fishman

New York City import Calexico is now open inside Downtown’s One Campus Martius building. The restaurant franchise features a California-Mexican inspired menu and occupies the 4,000-square-foot space leased by Bedrock Detroit and vacated by Olga’s Kitchen about a year ago. Even their New York partners were impressed, with founding partner Peter Oleyer calling it their “largest, most ambitious” location to date.

The full-service restaurant boasts an impressive menu with some interesting traditional favorites you won’t find in other Mexican chains, like a grilled corn on the cob with cheese and mayonnaise. There’s also a full bar, which will offer a number of craft-cocktails inspired by the menu’s flavor palate. The restaurant brings 70 new jobs Downtown and is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

New Hotel (And Restaurant) Coming Soon

Michigan will soon welcome its first Best Western Premier hotel, at the location of the former Holiday Inn of Southfield. The 16-story building, which is certainly hard to miss with its unique circular tower, will be converted to make way for the chain’s planned 202 new guest rooms. The 7.3-acre site will also make room for a Best Western Executive Residency and a La Quinta Inn and Suites.

The building will also feature a new Epicurean Group restaurant called the Nomad Grill. The planned menu is refined comfort food with seating in the dining room for 180 and another 70 in the breakfast room. There will also be two private dining rooms that seat 50. The former restaurant space on the top floor of the tower will become three executive conference rooms, and the new Calexico foodrestaurant will feature prominently on the hotel’s main floor. Entrees are expected to range from $25 to $35.

Moe’s Wants To Expand

Atlanta-based fast-casual restaurant chain Moe’s Southwest Grill is looking for new partnerships with franchise owners as it aims to expand across Metro Detroit. There are currently eight locations — in Oakland County they include Royal Oak and Rochester Hills. Franchisor and operator Focus Brands Inc. has 650 franchised locations across 39 states — 68 were added in 2015, and 185 new franchise deals were inked. Last year, the brand did $640 million in sales.

Help Michigan’s WWII Memorial With A Kiss

Want to help raise some much-needed attention for Michigan’s planned World War II Legacy Memorial? Then head to Royal Oak’s Memorial Park (the northeast corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue) this Sunday, Aug. 14, to “Kiss the War Goodbye.” At 1 p.m., you’re encouraged to re-enact the kiss that marked the end of WWII in the shadow of Seward Johnson’s 25-foot-tall statute that captures the famous moment and is on display for a limited time only. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Save The Date

Mark your calendar for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Council’s Taste of Detroit Opening Night Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 29. The fundraiser will help support the DSO and features a menu prepared by guest chefs from Detroit’s Grey Ghost and Antietam as well as Birmingham’s The Bird & The Bread. Dinner will also include a visit from Maestro Leonard Slatkin and the evening’s guest artist, Hilary Hahn. The evening’s concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. — dinner tickets start at $180. For reservations or more information, contact Juanda Pack at (313) 576-5450 or Concert tickets must be purchased separately through the box office at (313) 576-5111 or at

Mazel Tov …

To Lena Epstein and Eric Medved on their marriage.

To birthday boy Zach Wettenstein, who this month joined Miriam Wettenstein at Dimensional Marketing. The promotional advertising company this month also moved its offices from West Bloomfield to Bloomfield Hills.

Happy birthday to Rita Barish, Katherine Fink, Andrew Frank, Josh Levine, David Nacht, Lilly Stotland and Derik Watson.