Restaurant to open along vacant stretch of Second Avenue in Cass Corridor

Selden Standard

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.

Photo gallery of Second Avenue

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

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.

  • dirtydog1776

    I might give them a try, wish them luck. Is opening night black tie and 9 mm glock?

  • Marian Pyszko

    As another 15 homes burn down in southwest Detroit… once vibrant Mexican town is reduced to becoming the 2nd Delray…. This “comeback” for Detroit is clearly isolated and at the expense of 95% of the other neighborhoods….progress?

    • JF

      What did this restaurant opening cost Mexicantown? Or rather, how is it at the expense of other neighborhoods? Are you suggesting if midtown werent coming back that mexican town would actually be doing better?

      • Marian Pyszko

        Yes, same point as L.Brooks Patterson made about Dan Gilbert stealing companies from Oakland county. Detroit, along with the region is dying. Has a limited amount of people and resources. So when one neighborhood prospers it will always be at the expense of another neighborhood in Detroit. Detroit is like a drying pond.

  • falseprophet

    I would like to invest in this new restaurant. Here is my money….. and….. it’s gone! Nothing like a mugging after a fine dinner.

  • maggiemay

    Positive news. Once Hockeytown is built, the area between it and Midtown is going to be vibrant. Only downside is that a lot of people, including WSU students are going to be priced out.

  • nolimitdetroiter

    I don;t normally travel down Cass. However, the Woodward bus takes that route now. I went there today and it looked pretty bleak, mostly vacant lots. Good luck.

  • Muhammad Mojaradi

    Gentrification much

    • Johnny McKay

      I was just going to say the same thing, but hey — at least it’s something other than a graffiti-strewn abandoned building.

      • Muhammad Mojaradi

        I’d rather have that than the rent running up. Besides, the suburban kids who find this place trendy will return once they get their fix of city life (that is after they get robbed, and return to the suburbs where they feel safe). Then it will return to its former state.

        • maggiemay

          It’s the suburban kids that are going to be living in that neighborhood. Just like Midtown and Corktown. Things are changing.

          • Muhammad Mojaradi

            Haha suburban kids live there short term thats the issue. They leave once its time to settle down. See any suburban kids sending their kids to school there?

            I don’t disagree that his is good, but it hurts those who stuck it out in Cass. My two cents.

    • maggiemay

      Beats another liquor store.

      • Muhammad Mojaradi

        From the perspective of some yes.

        There is no guarantee that it would have become a liquor store.

        • maggiemay

          You’re right, it probably wouldn’t become a liquor store. It most likely would have stayed abandoned like most of the surrounding buildings. And yes the kids would most likely move to the suburbs to raise a family, but more young, professional people would move in after they left, just like Midtown or the Medical Center. Except for the derilect and homeless, why is this not a good thing? It’s not exactly a thriving, working class neighborhood we’re talking about here.

          • bebow

            So, why don’t the colonials seize control of DPS and transform it into an acceptable school system?

    • codfilet

      Good. Cities, and all the amenities they can provide, ought to be for the productive members of society-not the social parasites.