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Slurpees Hit Downtown; Hamtramck's Zen Center Cafe Shutters

Downtown — At long last, Slurpees have returned to downtown Detroit for the first time in 20 years when a 7-Eleven opened its doors just in time to catch the tail end of summer. CBS Detroit reports that a 3,020-square-foot 7-Eleven location opened July 31 at Cadillac Square and Randolph.
Hamtramck The Detroit Zen Center Café and Co-Op has been an underrated gem in a city already known for its plethora of diverse cuisine. But for some reason organizers behind the veggie-friendly café - which has featured vegetarian-friendly, organic house-made treats like kale chips, sweet potato chili and chilled pine needle tea – say they just couldn't build the support it needed to keep it open because of a general "lack of interest."

DowntownChef Kate Williams, of the soon-to-open Republic and Parks & Rec, will be previewing her menu for both for two days, Aug. 15 and 16 inside the Grand Army of the Republic Building, where the eateries are set to open sometime this fall. Formerly of Rodin, Williams has been keeping busy, hiring staffers for the new restaurant and stepping up to the aid of new restaurant Antietam over the weekend after the abrupt departures of its chef and bartender, just weeks after the restaurant opened to rave reviews.

West VillageLisa Ludwinski, the baker behind Sister Pie, has announced plans for a brick and mortar bakery location of her own in West Village. Currently fans of Ludwinski's sweet and savory goods can place orders online, at Parker Street Market, Germack Coffee Roasting Company in Eastern Market, or Socra Tea in Midtown.
-By Serena Maria Daniels