Stanley Hong's Mannia Cafe
249 E. Baltimore St.
Jen Lyon of Mean Red Productions purchased the historic Stanley Hong's Mannia Cafe for $750,000 in 2021, with plans to turn it into a venue, lounge and restaurant. The Detroit Historic District Commission approved rehab plans in November 2021. Stanley Hong's Mannia Cafe, designed by architect Nathan Johnson in the Googie style, opened as a Chinese restaurant in 1971 and later was home to Rhythm Kitchen, a hub in the early '90s rap scene. It closed in 1995 and ownership passed between Omega Baptist Church, Grace Fellowship Church and the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance.
Sources: Crain's Detroit Business, Urbanize Detroit, Historic Detroit
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Stanley Hong's Mannia Cafe building. Credit: City of Detroit - Historic District Commission