Mark Wahlburg was on hand at the grand opening of Detroit’s Wahlburgers on Aug. 12.
By Ryan Fishman
By Ryan Fishman

Michigan’s first Wahlburgers is now open. The restaurant has been busy with visits from its eponymous founding family as they settle into the space at 569 Monroe St. in Greektown. The Wahlberg brothers have developed 11 locations across North American after debuting the wildly popular concept in Hingham, Mass., in 2011.

Mark Wahlburg was on hand at the grand opening of Detroit’s Wahlburgers on Aug. 12.
Mark Wahlburg was on hand at the grand opening of Detroit’s Wahlburgers on Aug. 12.

Episodes of the A&E reality show that shares a name with the restaurant were filmed in Detroit during construction in July and at last week’s grand opening. It will be featured in an upcoming episode.


More Starbucks On Tap

Starbucks is expanding its presence in Michigan, announcing it has signed a lease with the Najor Companies to move into the former Cosi space at the corner of Maple and Old Woodward in Birmingham (101 N. Old Woodward).

The new, 3,500-square-foot location will be a Starbucks Reserve and feature the premium beans currently available at two Bloomfield Township locations (Maple and Lahser roads and Long Lake and Telegraph roads).


New Barbecue Restaurant In Troy

Sharks BBQ’s outdoor wood-burning grills
Sharks BBQ’s outdoor wood-burning grills

There’s a new barbecue restaurant in Troy from Lou Sharkas — the former executive chef at Birmingham Country Club and the former Zinc Wine Bar (now Red Coat Tavern in West Bloomfield). Sharks BBQ is open for business in the former Pizza Hut space just south of Long Lake on Rochester Road (4845 Rochester).

Sharks cooks its beef brisket, Amish turkey and pork ribs on two outdoor wood-burning grills — a process that starts long before the customers roll in every morning. There’s a focus on locally sourced products. Its chicken and turkey comes from Peacock’s Poultry Farm, also in Troy. The restaurant exclusively serves Detroit City Soda, which is produced using pure cane sugar grown in Michigan.

All meats are available as a sandwich, by the plate with a choice of sides and bread baked in house daily or sold by the pound.


Whitney Visited by Ghost Hunters

Jason Hawes find a “secret panel” at the Whitney during last week’s episode of Ghost Hunters.
Jason Hawes find a “secret panel” at the Whitney during last week’s episode of Ghost Hunters.

The SyFy network’s Ghost Hunters visited Detroit for a spooky investigation at the historic Whitney restaurant. If you missed the episode, aptly titled “Phantom for the First Course,” which aired last week, surf to the channel’s website or look for it on demand through your cable provider.

The episode explores the restaurant’s history in the converted mansion of lumber baron David Whitney Jr., now owned by former Chrysler executive Bud Liebler.

Construction and renovation around the property are suspected reasons for a recent spike in “paranormal activity.” Believe it? Once you’ve watched the creepy episode, you can judge for yourself (and decide how quickly you’ll be returning for dinner).


Luxury Living Tour

Want a sneak peek at the newest luxury apartment complex opening in Grand Circus Park? Houze Living will show off its new Briggs Houze (114 W. Adams) on Thursday, Sept. 8. Tours start at 4 p.m. and a ribbon cutting is scheduled for 5:30. Rub BBQ will provide catering.

The landmark building is the former Briggs Hotel, which has been renovated throughout, all the while maintaining a sense of elegance and historic preservation with touches of modern design.

Houze Living is a subsidiary of Barbat Holdings; the company will operate and manage all multi-family investments for its parent company. Pre-leasing is now available for 118 studio, one- and two-bedroom units in Briggs Houze. The company is also set to complete additional luxury apartment developments in Grand Circus Park, Washington Square Park and Ann Arbor by 2018.


Mazel Tov …

To Mika Wexler and Evan Sachs on their engagement.

To Ally Moskowitz and Max Farkas on their engagement.

To Nicole and Michael Lax on their marriage.

To Ramona and Jason Orley on their marriage.

To Nancy Hodari and the Equilibrium Studio family — the Bloomfield Township Pilates studio will expand, adding a second location at 189 Townsend St. in Birmingham, the location of the former Townsend Street Pilates, which shuttered last month. Renovations should be completed by early September.

To David Weintraub and Evan Sachs — both bagged a hole-in-one over the weekend.

Happy birthday to Ryan Benjamin, Brandon Borsen, Steve Craig, Phillip Fisher, Emily Jaffe, Samantha Kerwin, Allan Lengel, Andy Madvin, Alex Orman, Richard Scheck, Dina Shifman, Alex Stotland, Adam Surnow and Cory Trivax.