Corktown Sandwich Shop Rubbed to Open Market with Fresh Produce, Pre-packaged Dinners


The sandwich and charcuterie shop Rubbed in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood will launch a market within its existing restaurant next week, offering meat and cheese by the pound, pre-made dinners, and local products.

“Currently, in the Corktown area, there’s very limited options for grab-and-go shopping,” says Jason Frenkel, owner of Rubbed. “There wasn’t a place where you could just get a nicer bottle of water, dinners that are pre-cooked, and salads that are ready to go.”

Frenkel says Rubbed, located at 2015 Michigan Ave., will offer its own line of products, including salad dressings, homemade pastas, trail mix, and pre-packaged dinners. He says the market will sell higher-end meats and cheeses by the pound.

Rubbed will also carry a variety of export specialty products, such as pasta sauce, meats, and jams from European countries. Frenkel says plans are in the works to stock products from local food companies.

“The main focus is that we’re looking to get time invested into sourcing really good products,” he says. “We’ll be making trips to Franklin Cider Mill to get fresh cider on a weekly basis and going out to Cook’s Dairy Farm (in Ortonville) to get the best possible milk and cream.”

He says the market will be carved out of existing space within the restaurant, although it “could possibly lead to more development within the building or somewhere else,” Frenkel says.

Rubbed is also re-launching its brunch service in November and is bringing back its Rubbed After Dark series, a pop-up style seated dinner that highlights seasonal foods starting the weekend of Nov. 6.