Computer-generated image of building with sign “Louisiana Creole Gumbo.” The building has large windows and is surrounded by potted plants.
Louisiana Creole Gumbo is closing its Eastern Market location after more than 50 years, but the restaurant will reopen in a new spot just down the street. Image credit: Hannah Jones Associates, courtesy of Louisiana Creole Gumbo

It’s a busy Friday in the city — the Detroit Casino Council announced it has reached a tentative deal with Detroit’s three casinos. Workers, who have been on the picket line for more than a month, will continue striking until the deal has been ratified.

Keep reading for your weekly news roundup. Have more to talk about? Email me at alex@outliermedia.org


What’s happening 

💡 Shamayim “Mama Shu” Harris has been named as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes for 2023. Mama Shu is the founder and CEO of Highland Park’s Avalon Village, a nonprofit dedicated to converting blighted and vacant land into safe community spaces. Making it to the top 10 means that Mama Shu could receive $100,000 if she receives enough votes to win CNN’s 2023 Hero of the Year award. You can head over to CNNHeroes.com to vote for Mama Shu and to read more about the other candidates who made the cut. (Detroit Free Press, CNN)

🍛 Louisiana Creole Gumbo has announced its last day at its iconic Eastern Market location. It’s been more than a year after restaurant owner Joe Spencer first said they would be leaving as his landlord planned to sell the building. The Detroit staple has been at 2051 Gratiot Ave. for over 50 years and will be closing its doors on Nov. 28. In 2022, Spencer told Fox 2 Detroit he offered to buy the building but was denied. The closing of the Eastern Market mainstay is only temporary: The restaurant will be moving just up the street to 2830 Gratiot. It will start serving from its new commissary kitchen on Dec. 5, with the full opening slated for spring. You can also get your Creole cuisine fix at one of Louisiana Creole Gumbo’s other locations in Northwest Detroit and Farmington Hills. (Metro Times, Fox 2 Detroit, Louisiana Creole Gumbo)

🏫 Former Detroit mayor and formerly incarcerated Kwame Kilpatrick is taking the reins of a prison reform nonprofit down in Memphis. Taking Action for Good announced Kilpatrick as executive director this week, with the organization’s founder calling him a “changed man.” Kilpatrick served seven years in prison for charges committed during his time in office including tax evasion, fraud and racketeering. His sentence was commuted by former President Donald Trump in 2021. (Commercial Appeal)


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🎪 More than 32,000 fans of Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum have signed a petition since Thursday, hoping to save the Farmington Hills landmark from being demolished to make way for a Meijer store. The development plan received initial approval from officials on Thursday and will go before City Council. (Change.org, Metro Times, MLive, Detroit Free Press)

👩‍🍳 Eastern Market’s community kitchen welcomes a new head chef. (Eater)

🎉 Looking to get out of the house? There’s plenty happening around Detroit this weekend. (Outlier)


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