Rodin & Good Girls Go to Paris
Detroit, it is truly the end of an era. When Torya Blanchard opened her humble little crepe stand on John R at the corner of Woodward (now the home of Chickpea in the D), it was the talk of the town. For years, the New York Times vacillated between its annual Slows BAR BQ check-in and the latest buzz on Good Girls (before the days of Dan Gilbert, or, shall we say, 2010 B.D.G.). Blanchard, like Phil Cooley, was held up as the gold standard of entrepreneurial possibilities in the city, a demonstrable success story of how a bit of pluck, passion, and a cashed-out 401k can lead to the fulfillment of all one's dreams in this "blank slate" city.
It was a good story. But, things change, times change, people change, passions change. Good Girls will always be a great success story of its time and place in Detroit's history, but its closure really does mark the end of an era. As for that sexy, sexy Rodin space, take heart. Sandy Levine, owner of The Oakland in Ferndale, will open Chartreuse Kitchen & Bar in that location in 2015 with former Terry B's chef Doug Hewitt at the helm.