, currently at 608 Woodward Avenue on the second floor above Foran's Grand Trunk Pub and Foran's Deluxe Diner in downtown Detroit, is relocating this fall to the space currently inhabited by the Express Bar (pictured) in Corktown. The new address will be 1949 Michigan Avenue.
Owners David and Melissa Armin-Parcells have acquired this space and are currently working on the liquor license transfer, a process they expect will take five months under new laws established by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission that expedite the process of a license transfer. They will take that time to do some cosmetic remodeling at the new location.
"(The Foran's space) was always intended to be a temporary location for us to build our brand and build our capital," says David Armin-Parcells. "It's worked out well for us; we have no complaints. We love the space. We created a vibe that's totally unique. The new place will be different but equally lovely."
The new space is 2,000 square feet, effectively double what they currently have. It also includes a large outdoor patio that doubles their indoor capacity, which they plan on making "the best patio in the city." The bar also has its own parking lot with plenty of spaces, alleviating the biggest issue they have in their current location.
The new MotorCity Wine will open first as a wine bar; the retail sales license will come a little later. "Basically the core of our plan will be the same -- good value wines, interesting small family producers, a lot of organic and biodynamic products." They will also continue to host musicians and DJs and will expand their kitchen offerings.
They will continue to operate in their current location through the summer and welcome any pop-up concepts (sans alcohol) in the new space for the interim period. Contact David on the MCW site
Source: David Armin-Parcells, co-owner of MotorCity Wine
Writer: Nicole Rupersburg
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