A new dining venture is looking to put Detroit, MI, on the map.
In early September, Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall, a Black-owned food hall, held its grand opening ceremony on the west side of Detroit, MI. The food hall is located at 10635 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221.
The owner, Chef Bob, described it as “the first inner city food hall in Detroit” in a TikTok video posted by @enjoymotorcity.
“Two whole years working on this project but we did it,” Chef Bob shared. “The inspectors just came — fire, electrical, mechanical. Everybody came though. We passed baby.
“I’ve been stressed,” he added. “I’ve been broke. I spent it all baby. I spent it all but it’s coming back to us. Detroit, we did it.”
@enjoymotorcity DETROIT’S FIRST INNER CITY FOOD HALL JUST OPENED on the city’s West Side! 🔥🔥 @whatchawannaeatfoodhall is the new home to 9 first-time restaurant owners, all under one roof. Yesterday was their Grand Opening, and there was so much love, celebration and cultural exchange in the building. This economic development project is incredible. Some of these businesses include: @crazyburgers2023 @hwaffles @delectabowl @poonskitchen @yourperfectblend1 @borderlinetacos @mrbailey1014 and more. Pull-up and support some of these amazing minority-owned eateries. ✊🏾🏾 #Detroit ♬ original sound – enjoymotorcity
Leading as an economic development project and upcoming community hub, Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall features Black and minority-owned restaurants, including Detroit Wild Pit, Heavenly Chicken & Waffles, Poon’s Hibachi Grill, Borderline Tacos + Things, Crazy Burger, Your Perfect Blend, and Delectabowl.
According to the food hall’s website, each of the selected business owners are first-time restaurateurs to ensure “their dreams are nurtured and celebrated.” What’s more, the restaurants exemplify the neighborhood’s culture.
“Our commitment to the community extends beyond providing delectable meals; we strive to create a collaborative space where residents and visitors can come together, fostering a sense of belonging and opportunity,” the website stated. “As you step into Whatcha Wanna Eat Food Hall, you’ll be greeted with an array of culinary delights that reflect the rich cultural tapestry of our neighborhood. We take pride in showcasing local favorites.”
It continued, “Our food hall is a testament to the power of inclusive development and the resilience of the community it serves. We hope you will join us on a journey of taste and connection.”