Corktown Round-up: Backstreet takes over the Works, eat outdoors at Mudgie's, and more

Detroit's oldest neighborhood, Corktown, continues to evolve, and Model D is here to report a few recent changes.

* Backstreet, a staple of Detroit's West Side gay scene since 1979, has moved into the area, taking over the space most recently occupied by The Works at 1846 Michigan Ave. at Rosa Parks. Cover is typically $5 before midnight and $10 after; it's always $10 for ages 18 to 20.

* Mudgie's Deli keeps finding new ways to lure in customers. In the past year, it has started serving dinner until 9 p.m. six days a week and now opens on Sunday for brunch. The latest draw? Outdoor seating with a pleasant view of Murphy Playlot. Head to 1300 Michigan Ave.; call 313-961-2000.

* Spirit of Hope Church, located at the intersection of Trumbull and Martin Luther King, Jr., also continues to grow. The complex holds services, sponsors a soup kitchen, runs a highly regarded preschool, Sunshine Community, hosts meetings, yoga and basketball ... and operates a farm. First planted in 2007, it now boasts a hoop house, chickens and even a turkey.

* Brooks Lumber is one of Detroit's oldest businesses -- it's been in its current location on Trumbull since before Tiger Stadium existed (and obviously outlived it, too). The venerable hardware store has added some garden supplies to its mix, now offering hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, a limited range of vegetable plants, fertilizer, pesticides, compost, manure and associated tools. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Brooks is at 2200 Trumbull; call 313-962-6448.

* Finally, 5 E Gallery has made its planned move from one Corktown location to another. You can now find it at 2661 Michigan Ave. just east of I-96. Read more here.

Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

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