Weekend in Detroit, April 25-26

Come with WTBE as we have a weekend (or one or both days) in Detroit.

Starting Friday night, we go to Downtown Synagogue, for services, a vegetarian meal, joining with the congregants there. Afterwards we head next door to D’Mangos SpeakEasy for drinks, grilled cheese sandwiches, live music and time to visit.

Café d’Mongo’s Speakeasy has carved a niche for itself as both a beloved downtown Detroit hotspot and — like its speakeasy name suggests — a bit of a secret. The mix of accessibility and off-the-beaten-path appeal offers an authentic experience with each drink served. 

After 50 years together, D’Mongo sees the speakeasy as a combination of their personalities. The walls covered in family photographs each with their own story and artwork evoking Israel, the Purple Gang, and Jewish themes. Walking into Café d’Mongo’s is like strolling through someone else’s memory lane. It’s that inviting yet vulnerable appeal that makes Café d’Mongo’s stand out from the pack.

“The reason we opened Café d’Mongo’s back up was because this was designed to be our retirement and fun. As long as the place isn’t losing money and Larry’s having fun, then I’m happy.”

See also ties to Detroit’s Purple Gang and Israel/Jewish themes on the wall and taste the best Grilled Cheese sandwich ever! Even though you have eaten at Downtown Synagogue, you will have to try this.

We are looking into hotels in the area, so we don’t have to drive back and forth to Detroit if we don’t want to. Stay tuned for this.

On Saturday, we have arranged a Capitol Park tour with Linda Yellin. Her strolling brunch tour– “Come Hungry, Leave Happy” visits Detroit’s breakfast places. The tour costs $35 per person, RSVP soon. There is a maximum of 24 people. If we get commitments and checks from at least 20 people by mid January, the tour will be exclusive to us and include additional Jewish topics.

Join us as we stroll and eat our way through this dynamic area of downtown Detroit, rich with history, redevelopment, and excitement. Explore Capitol Park with us on foot while enjoying a progressive brunch! Capitol Park is the triangular area of downtown Detroit loosely bound by Woodward Avenue, State Street, Washington Boulevard, and Grand River. You will experience the revitalization of this historic part of downtown Detroit firsthand as your guide shares fun facts and stories about the history of Michigan’s first Capitol; the underground railroad; architectural gems; and new housing, retail and street art murals. Along the way, we will pop into some unique places, and visit 4 or 5 new eateries to enjoy specialty eats, which may include egg sandwiches, cheeses, biscuits, brunch pizza, veggies, fruit, noodles, sweets and more – enough food for brunch!

RSVP- Hillary Handwerger, hhandwerger@yahoo.com

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