news that Katoi had been burned down overnight. The Thai inspired gem opened less than a year ago and quickly became one of the hippest spots in the city. In fact, the restaurant was named Best New Restaurant by The Detroit Free Press just about a week ago. Police and investigators believe that someone broke into the space and stole cash and alcohol before starting the fire and fleeing the scene. They noted that their was also a similar break in down the street at Nemo's Bar a few hours earlier that night.
The owners of Katoi have already made it clear that the restaurant will be coming back and there are rumors that they will hold some pop ups around town in the interim. Local businesses have also come together to help find employment for the 25+ people who are temporarily out of work. Motor City Wine hosted a variety of DJs and held an event to collect money last Saturday and a Go Fund Me page has been started for the owners and staff. Lots of Detroiters are also showing their support for the space by leaving five star reviews on the restaurant's Facebook.
Our hearts go out to the owners and staff of what quickly became one of our favorite spaces. We hope that it won't be too long before we are visiting and enjoying all the cool things that Chef Brad cooks up. We look forward to sharing a meal together someday soon and we hope that in the meantime Detroiters can all come together to donate a few bucks to make these hard times a little bit easier!