Crain's Detroit: Avalon to open grab-and-go cafe in new Mike Ilitch School of Business
Avalon International Breads is growing its Detroit presence yet again with a cafe and grab-and-go station in the new Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business. The university plans to move its 200 business school faculty and staff into the newly constructed building on Woodward Avenue next to Little Caesars Arena in Midtown by Friday and start offering classes there this fall. The Detroit-based bakery expects to open its latest cafe sometime before Aug. 29 — the date the fall semester starts, according to a Monday news release from Wayne State. The 700-square-foot location will have a cafe, small seating area and retail, with public access from Woodward Avenue and from inside the school. Avalon will offer breakfast, salads and sandwiches, as well as its popular baked goods and coffee. As well as stopping in Avalon, Ilitch school students will be able to walk next door for 15-percent discounts with their university-issued OneCards on nonalcoholic items at Little Caesars Arena restaurants, Wayne State spokesman Steve Townsend said. Wayne State has an agreement with food service provider Delaware North Sportservice for Kid Rock's Made in Detroit and the District Market, but is still in talks to offer similar deals at the sports venue's Sports & Social Detroit pub and Mike's Pizza Bar.