Cass Café returns for a weekend with food, music and friends

When Cass Café owner Chuck Roy confirmed in July that the long-time and beloved restaurant would close that month, he hinted that he would return for at least one more weekend to coincide with the community festival Dally in the Alley.

The restaurant and bar will reopen this weekend with a brunch menu from 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The regular menu, although abbreviated, will be served from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on both days.

Because Cass Café has always been known as a venue for neighborhood musicians and artists, it’s no surprise there’s live music for this special reopening. Hear the Donald Baker Band and singer and songwriter Audra Kubat on Saturday night and Ralph Koziarski during Sunday brunch.

Roy said a portion of the proceeds from the weekend will benefit Community Organization Auntie Na’s Village, a non-profit organization that helps people in need of food, shelter and health services.

Roy, the building’s owner for 32 years, cites the restaurant’s difficult climate as one of the factors for the closure. He told the Detroit News in July that the company’s future was “up in the air.”

“It’s all on the table,” he said.

Cass Cafe is at 4620 Cass in Detroit. Visit casscafe.com or call (313) 831-1400.

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