• Aug 19th 2011 at 11:02AM
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It's a sad sight when iconic institutions in local neighborhoods fade far from their former glory. Along Detroit's famed Woodward Avenue sits the Vinsetta Garage, which officially its doors closed in 2010. This story doesn't have a sad ending, however, as the garage has been given a new lease on life, and will continue to serve customers in a whole new way.

Curt Catallo and wife Ann Stevenson are hard at work turning the classically styled building into a new place to eat delicious food. The pair own two other restaurants in metro Detroit, Clarkston Union and Union Woodshop. Stevenson fell in love with the wonderful architecture inside and states that she has no plans to change it.

The husband and wife team aren't alone in their Vinsetta Garage culinary adventure. AutoWeek publisher KC Crain has signed on to partner with Catallo and Stevenson. Crain plans to throw a party in the garage during the Woodward Dream Cruise to celebrate the new venture. To prep the building before the festivities, Crain replaced the roof, repaved the parking lot, removed the garage equipment and had the place thoroughly cleaned.

Detroit foodies and automotive enthusiasts plan to keep your eyes peeled and your stomachs ready for the opening slated for sometime next spring.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      At least the building is being saved and not being torn down for another wal-mart or mcdonalds
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pete K
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a landmark building in the area and will make a great restaurant! This picture doesn't do it justice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fantastic idea, and given my close proximity, would be more than happy to visit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give new meaning to the term "Greasy Spoon."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, what a great building. I just hope they keep the service feature listing on the canopy, and the other signage.
      Avinash Machado
      • 4 Years Ago
      Something similar should be done to the old Packard factory in Detroit.
      MTU 5.0
      • 4 Years Ago
      I drove by there today after the WWJ breakfast at Duggans and the "garage" was looking alright. There was activity and they were setting up stuff. Good to see them saving a piece of automotive history.
      Sarah Allen
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you look at the place in Google Maps Street View, it appears that it was photographed during the Dream Cruise, with classics and street rods parked out front, and a '67 Corvette convertible with "off-road exhaust" (Chevy's term for Corvette side pipes) driving by. Perfect! http://maps.google.com/maps?q=27799+Woodward+Avenue,+Berkley,+MI&layer=c&sll=42.494865,-83.164504&cbp=13,253.34,,0,17.44&cbll=42.494936,-83.164242&hl=en&sspn=0.006295,0.006295&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=27799+Woodward+Ave,+Berkley,+Michigan+48072&ll=42.494987,-83.164294&spn=0.005023,0.010911&t=h&z=17&vpsrc=0&panoid=dUgYI2BJAXJ2fEKYMpvLmA
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just need a '65 GTO on the lift.
      • 4 Years Ago
      soundbargaming, so you think you will be able to repair your own electric car, good luck. What makes you think the mechanics that work on an electric powered auto will be more honest or less of a rip-off than an ICE mechanic? An electric powered car will not be any less expensive to drive than the current cars Why should they be? Do you think the manufacturers and sellers of fuel will give up a chance to make money? Why would a seller of electric vehicles price their product less than market value, no way it's going to happen. Electricity is not a primary energy source, in most cases first you have to burn something to make electricity. Your electric car is actually 50% coal powered as 50% of America's electricity is coal generated. Free your mind of prejudice, we are blessed with what used to be called natural resources put there by nature and God for mankind to use.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think you truly appreciate how much US foreign policy is influenced by oil, both in the purchase, the security of it, and the insurance that said oil is traded in USD and not Euros. Simple fact is that oil is not an infinitely renewable resource, and it means we have to send vast sums of money from our economy towards dictators in Venezuela, making princes in the desert insanely wealthy (just look at Dubai), and costing American lives in oil wars. Electricity is future proof and flexible, in that yes you can use coal, and you can use nuclear, and hydro, and wind, and solar, and geothermal, and whatever else you come up with tomorrow. Electricity allows for consolidation of pollution, allowing it to be downwind of cities improving air quality where people live and work. It is also far simpler to manage pollution in large plants than thousands of small ICE with around 20% efficiency in the most frugal of turbo-diesels. For example, carbon sequestration has been quite successful in clean coal plants in Texas, where the exhaust is pumped under ground beneath numerous layers of clay. Electricity is already widely distributed on the international grid, unlike competing technologies such as hydrogen, which would require an entirely new infrastructure. Electric motors in the cars are approximately 90% efficient, and transporting electricity over vast distances is also extremely efficient on existing (and thus free) high voltage lines, compared to oil/gasoline which has to be pumped via pipelines and then transported by truck, and then carried as "dead weight" in millions of vehicles as its consumed. Electric motors demonstrate far superior efficiency in ever increasingly common congestion or stop and go traffic in suburban or inner city life, where ICE experiences 0% efficiency. They can also help to reduce noise pollution in these areas, as I can tell you its no fun being woken up by my neighbors loud diesel truck at 5AM every morning. Generally speaking, from a drivetrain standpoint, electric systems also tend to have greater reliability than ICE, due to their overall simplicity in design.
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