What to Eat at Downtown Detroit’s New Outside Curler Rink


Bedrock showed films to more than 1,500 people over the winter on a property in the city center near the Martius Park campus. Now the real estate company has turned the Monroe Street drive-in area into an outdoor recreational area.

The summer-long Monroe Street Midway opens in downtown on Friday May 28th. RollerCade is operated by RollerCade, a 66-year-old family business in Detroit, as well as basketball and handball courts and public art installations. Of course, all of this activity also requires something to eat.

There will be a daily changing list of food trucks on Monroe Street Midway that is still being completed. For starters, Belly of the Beast Barbecue serves Texas brisket sandwiches, smoked pulled pork sandwiches, and baby back ribs on Memorial Day weekend. Tacos – el pastor, pork and mushrooms – complete the menu.

Belly of the Beast menu

Skaters (and hoopers) will find a range of salads, subs, pizza, raw vegetables with hummus and drinks at the separate concession stand.

If nothing on these menus tickles the imagination, don’t fret. The Midway is a short walk (or skate) from Campus Martius Park, Cadillac Square, and a number of downtown restaurants. The Downtown Detroit Partnership recently brought back Downtown Street Eats, a rotation of food trucks serving grill, seafood, and soul food classics in Cadillac Square. (See the Food Truck range here.) Visitors to Monroe Street can also eat at the nearby Parc, Shake Shack, Calexico, Roasting Plant or Central Kitchen + Bar restaurants.

In addition to providing space for sports activities, the Midway is also performed by local DJs and hosts outdoor fitness classes.

The middle is Bedrock’s newest pandemic-era project under the umbrella of Decked Out Detroit. In December, the company began installing heated pergolas outside of downtown restaurants.

Monroe Street Midway, 32 Monroe Street, is open Sunday through Wednesday 12pm to 9pm and Thursday through Saturday until 11pm.