The squatty building on Second Avenue in the Cass Corridor was abandoned and strewn with graffiti.
Now it houses the area’s newest restaurant, Selden Standard, which will offer a fully stocked bar and small plate-style portions of food prepared on a wood-fired oven at Second and Selden.
The restaurant is expected to open this weekend after a recent cold launch and will seat about 80 people.
Prices will range from $5 for appetizers to $25 for main course meals.
The co-owners are Andy Hollyday, former executive chef at Roast at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, and Evan Hansen, former marketing director at the University of Michigan.
The location surprised some in the Cass Corridor because much of Second Avenue south of Willis is vacant. The street lights often don’t work, and it’s adjacent to a gathering spot for homeless people.
But the area is quickly changing. The Cass Corridor’s only grocery store, Tomboy Market, closed Oct. 2. It will be replaced with high-end retail.
Historic Second Avenue also has more car traffic after it was converted into a two-way road in June.
At one time, Second Avenue was a tree-lined street with beautiful Victorian homes for wealthy professionals.
For more information on Selden Standard, visit their website. Their menu wasn’t available at the time of publishing.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.