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Gratiot Central Market: Eastern Market's Meat Mothership

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[Photography by Chris and Michelle Gerard]

Eastern Market is famous for its fresh produce, but many shoppers fail to recognize the market's meatier side. An easy walk across the I-75 pedestrian bridge lands you at Gratiot Central Market, the meat mothership of Detroit. It was built as a much more extravagent structure in 1915, but major fires in 1966 and 1995 reduced the building to a single story. The only surviving part of the original design is the terracotta facade facing Gratiot Avenue, where each arched entryway is topped by a tiny bull's head. Open six days a week, the interior contains over twenty vendors peddling every type of meat you could hope for.

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