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Ringing in the new year at Motown Bistro in Detroit's Eastern Market

Detail of raw oyster served on iced platter with sauces in the background seafood appetizer or dinner
Posted at 6:25 AM, Dec 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-29 06:43:49-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — New Motown Bistro In Eastern Market Builds on Legacy of Bert’s Marketplace and Rockefellers Oyster Bar.

Jai-lee Dearing comes from a family of entrepreneurs that runs four generations deep, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Building on the legacy of one of Detroit’s most successful and long-running jazz clubs, Bert’s Marketplace in Eastern Market, Dearing has launched the Motown Bistro Oyster Bar, a.k.a. Bert’s Bistro.

The walls of the newly-renovated space are lined with gold and platinum records, Grammy Awards, rare pictures, and other unique items. Each booth is dedicated to a specific Motown artist or group, giving guests a different experience each time they come. Diners can watch a looping documentary in the Jackson 5 booth, or get romantic in the Marvin Gaye booth.

Although the upscale menu, linen tablecloths, formally-attired wait staff and maître d may seem like quite a departure from the soul food dishes, and hustle-and-bustle melting pot vibe of Bert’s Marketplace, there are definitely common threads. Not least of which are a love of Detroit music, great food and genuine hospitality.

The Motown Bistro is located on 2735 Russel Street in Detroit’s Eastern Market. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight. To learn more about Motwon Bistro, visit http://www.motownbistro.com/