Austin native Paul Philpott moved to Detroit in the mid-1990s and watched from afar as his former hometown led what he describes as the "food revolution."
Thank You Mart, a gastro-mart planned for a soon-to-be renovated building in the North End at Custer and St. Antoine Street.
"One of the ideas that I saw in Austin that got me excited was people taking old, run-down convenience stores and completely tricking them out and making them a place where people ... go to buy not commercial junk food, but the elevated, artisanal alternatives," Philpott says. "Such a thing does not yet exist in Detroit, and given how all these other innovations have arrived, I got thinking about how this might happen in Detroit."
As for the building's remaining space, Scovill says he's looking to do something "lovely and unique" that's "driven by operators whose hearts are in the right place."
"There's a lot of space in the building and we're looking to curate it with meaningful operators and do something that benefits the whole city and people living in the neighborhood," he says.
that caters to the hospitality industry and creative types who work outside regular hours.Thank You Mart and Studios will be a part of that movement.
As for the event space, Scovill says that he expects it to be partitioned and utilized as a type of food, drink, and entertainment venue that doesn't currently exist in the city. "We'll be curating guest chefs to rotate in and out of the space, and bringing in these cultural and chef icons from other cities, creating a real sense of exchange," he says.
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