One of Detroit’s new restaurants is set to pop up next week on the southwest side. The proprietors are emphasizing the tension between their $121-per-person dining concept and the gritty neighborhood they’ve chosen for “Goldfinch American.”
A website promised to open this “experimental micro-restaurant” soon on “an ostensibly unattractive street — trash-lined and zipping with cars surrounding us will be laundromats, taquerias, a beautiful park, abandoned fortresses and neighborhoods thick with life lived fully.” There’s even a photo of dead pigeons.
While the announcement verges on parody, the tension it’s pushing between rich and poor is a recurring theme. Hipsters, young professionals and loft-livers are alternately celebrated and denounced, as long-abandoned buildings get renovated and forgotten corners of downtown are redeveloped for residents arriving with youth, confidence, education and jobs.