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Chef Max Hardy, Food & Bar Openings Around Detroit, And How To Make A Great Sauce

On the show today, host Sven Gustafson talks with Detroit restauranteur, chef to the stars, Food Network Chopped finalist and educator Chef Max Hardy. He owns River Bistro Detroit in Grandmont Rosedale and Coop in the Detroit Shipping Company. Both draw on his Caribbean influences. Chef Hardy also shares a little-known story about being a finalist on Chopped. Then, Devon O'Reilly from our column Devon's Detroit pops by to talk openings and closings, as well as the controversial Empire on...


Kevin Allison Of Risk, The New Detroit Shipping Co. + Chef Godwin Ihentuge

Friends, we're back! After a brief hiatus, the Daily Detroit Happy Hour returns with a fresh new episode. Truth be told, we've been taking some time to refocus the show and what we're about. So you'll notice some new things. In the interests of offering more variety, we'll be doing more and shorter segments, which was always a goal anyway, at a slightly faster pace. We'll still feature great interviews with Detroit's tastemakers and innovators, but we aiming to better embrace the Happy...


The Michigan Governor's Race With Jonathan Oosting And A Few Words On Bourdain

The candidates running for governor were out in full force at the Mackinac Policy Conference and we caught up with Jonathan Oosting, political reporter from the Detroit News, about the race. Then, Sven Gustafson and Jer Staes from Daily Detroit then broke it down from their perspective. We also spent a few minutes in the beginning on the tragic death of Anthony Bourdain and what he meant to Detroit.


Meet The Man Chronicling All Of Detroit's Beautiful Street Murals, Viranel Clerard

Detroit is becoming a mecca for murals. Our guest today is aiming to catalog it all. Viranel Clerard is the man behind the Detroit Mural Project, which you can find on the Internet machine at detroitmurals.com. The site organizes murals by neighborhood and includes a description of the artist and who it was commissioned by, when known, a link to the artist’s Instagram page, and location of the mural. He saves his commentary about the murals mostly for his Instagram account, at Detroit...


Detroit Bar & Prohibition History With Mickey Lyons

We're getting back to our boozy roots with this Daily Detroit Happy Hour conversation with barchaeologist Mickey Lyons. She's the talent author behind a recent Hour Detroit piece, "Dry Times: Looking Back 100 Years After Prohibition." Sven Gustafson — a former bartender himself — and Mickey have a great conversation talking about the old time history of Detroit bars and prohibition, and how drinking changed in Detroit forever. The show was recorded at the historic 2-Way Inn. Mickey...


How Mama Shu Is Saving One Of America's Most Blighted Blocks

What do you do when a neighborhood… and your city… crumble? Leave? Throw your hands up? Not Mama Shu. She’s taken tragedy — the death of her son by a hit and run driver, Jakobi Ra — and turned that energy into Avalon Village. Avalon Village is a magical corner of Highland Park where Mama Shu and a group of people who love their city have made a safe place. A homework house. A place for entrepreneurs. A place for living... and soon a place for playing. Sven Gustafson for this Daily...


Tour An Historic House Renovation In Detroit With The 'Between 6 & 7' Bloggers

On this episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast, we channel our inner "This Old House" and talk about a big, old house in Detroit’s University District. Between 6 and 7 is the name of a blog written by Miranda Steinhauser. She and her partner, Brandon Suman, bought a 1927 house in Detroit’s University District — and yes, it’s located between 6 and 7 Mile. The two Ohio natives have been chronicling their efforts to fix up the place over the last year and a half. On the blog, they...


Building A Soccer Movement In Detroit: Sean Mann, CEO/Co-Founder, Detroit City FC

It's time for another season of Detroit City FC soccer. On the cusp of the team hitting the pitch on Saturday, Sven sat down with Sean Mann. He's a co-owner, co-founder and CEO of Detroit City FC. They play out of Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck, and draw thousands of people on average to every game. We had a wide-ranging conversation about the team, the upcoming season, plans to play more games, their community involvement... and the specter of Major League Soccer coming to Detroit and...


1968 Tigers Stories With Willie Horton, Jim Price, Al Kaline and Dan Dickerson

Put on your earbuds and sit with Willie Horton, Al Kaline, Jim Price and Dan Dickerson telling stories of Detroit Tigers baseball of yesterday, especially that magical 1968 season. Also, this is our 50th episode! Be sure to subscribe to the Daily Detroit Happy Hour wherever fine podcasts are found. http://www.dailydetroit.com/podcasts/daily-detroit-happy-hour-podcast/ If you'd like to support the show, considering becoming a member of Daily Detroit. You'll get your choice of T-Shirt or...


Fighting Hunger In Metro Detroit With Gleaners And Their Million Meal Match

Hunger is a real challenge throughout metro Detroit, and an organization at the front of dealing with that challenge is Gleaners. Sven Gustafson has Children's Hospital of Michigan CEO Luann Thomas Ewald and Bridget Brown from Gleaners on the show to talk about the upcoming Women's Power Breakfast, Women's Power Happy Hour, and their Million Meal Match Campaign.


Dr. Paul Thomas Prescribes A New 'Direct Primary Care' Model Of Health Care In Detroit

Dealing with health insurance is few people’s idea of a good time — if you can afford it at all, that is. Now, a doctor operating out of an office in a former Detroit Police Department precinct headquarters? That's flipping the script on the traditional model of health care. On this episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast, we schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Thomas of Plum Health in Southwest Detroit. He’s practicing a model known as direct primary care in which patients pay...


Talking "The Leisure Seeker" With Author & Creator Michael Zadoorian

Detroit has gone Tinseltown … sort of. “The Leisure Seeker,” the new movie starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland that opened in theaters earlier this month, is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Michael Zadoorian, who lives in Ferndale. Zadoorian stopped by the Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast to talk about the film, how it differs from his novel, and his forthcoming book “Beautiful Music,” due May 1. “The Leisure Seeker” focuses on two long-married retirees named Ella and...


Michigan's Schools Are In Deep Trouble, But There Is Hope To Fix Them With Ron French, Bridge Magazine

Michigan's schools are in trouble. Although many parents believe their school and their teacher is fine, compared to the rest of the nation the state ranks very poorly. It wasn't always this way. Over the years, other states like Tennessee and Florida have surpassed Michigan. Fighting between factions has locked progress in Michigan's schools in place. The status quo - for instance, Michigan is one of only five states in which reading skills declined between 2003 and 2015 - isn't going...


Will A New Metro Detroit Regional Transit Plan Even Leave The Stop?

On this week's Daily Detroit Happy Hour, we talk mass transit. A new plan has been put forth by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans (more here)... but does it even have a chance? Does any plan have a chance? The Daily Detroit team walked through some of the speech Evans gave to a Regional Transit Authority Board meeting, what the plan is and what it could mean.. and openly wondered if there is any plan that would actually be acceptable to suburban leaders as the target keeps moving. One...


Detroit's Growing Dining Scene With Restaurant Of The Year Parc Chef Jordan Hoffman And Hour Editor Steve Wilke

Hour Detroit magazine named Parc its 2018 restaurant of the year in its March edition — yes, Daily Detroit readers, there’s still a place for print media — and so this week’s episode takes you down to Campus Martius for a conversation about the restaurant, the award, food and the city’s fast-changing dining scene. We chat with Parc’s executive chef, Jordan Hoffman, and Hour Detroit Editor Steve Wilke in a wide-ranging conversation that touches on everything from the restaurant’s gorgeous...


Brooklyn Outdoor, The JazzFest, The Detroit Symphony, Macomb County, Transit And Amazon: #DPC18

So this is a veritable charcuterie of topics and guests from the floor of the 2018 Detroit Policy Conference. Sven Gustafson and the Daily Detroit team spent the day at the Motor City Casino getting interviews and talking to interesting people, and here are three of the interviews. Thanks to Podcast Detroit and Dave Phillips for providing remote engineering for this episode.


Fostering Civility + Collaboration At The Detroit Policy Conference With Marlowe Stoudamire, Detroit 67 & Butterfly Effect Detroit

This year’s Detroit Policy Conference takes place March 1 at MotorCity Casino Hotel, and the agenda is all about civility and putting aside our differences to help move Detroit forward. On this episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast, we talk with two people closely involved in putting the conference together. Marlowe StoudamireDevon O’ReillyDaily Detroit contributor. The one-day conference will feature more than 60 speakers, including keynote addresses from Mark Wallace, president...


How Indianapolis Funded Mass Transit, Stayed Alive In Amazon HQ2 Sweepstakes

If you listened to our recent episode on Amazon’s snub of Detroit (and you totally should), you’ll recall that the inclusion of Indianapolis among the 20 finalists for its HQ2 project was the topic of some surprise. Well, one of the reasons they made it was their efforts to develop 50 miles of Bus Rapid Transit and other improvements. So we sent our correspondent Shianne Nocerini down to Indiana’s capital city to talk with Brian Luellen, vice president of public relations for IndyGo, the...


Melody Baetens: Paczki Bombs, Detroit Music And Covering Detroit

Our guest on the Happy Hour this week could be consider Detroit cultural royalty, if there is such a thing. Around the Daily Detroit office, we often joke that the shirts that say "Detroit Hustles Harder," to be more accurate, should have said "Detroit Hustles/ Side Hustles / Other Hustles / Weekend Hustles Harder." Because it seems like the people who are doing things in the D are always wearing many hats. We were honored to have Melody Baetens, a woman of many talents and who is one of...


The State Of Detroit Transit Today With Paul Hillegonds, RTA Chair; Rob Cramer, SMART; Dave Gifford, Advocate

What is the state of Metro Detroit's transit system? Where do we go from here? Will there be a ballot proposal in 2018? What about universal fare cards? What improvements have been made? That was all covered at Transit Riders United Annual Meeting which had a program about the State of Transit. There are a lot of questions around something that's pretty critical topic to address for the future of the City of Detroit and the region. We don't have all the answers, but Sven's guests do share...