Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press

Robert Allen

Detroit Free Press

Detroit, MI, United States

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Past articles by Robert:

Ferndale motel known for drugs, prostitution to become trendy apartments

Urbane Ferndale to open by fall 2019 in place of Motorama Motel on northwest corner of Woodward Avenue and 8 Mile Road → Read More

Battery maker anticipated to open plant at former Hazel Park Raceway

Hazel Park officials excited about prospect of German battery maker joining Amazon, LG and more at site of former horse-racing track → Read More

I wrote about beer for the Free Press. Here's what I learned.

Bombers don't make sense. New England-style IPAs are overdone. Born-on dates should be mandatory. Don't order craft beer at dive bars. → Read More

Here are the eight essential Michigan craft beers

You can't judge Michigan craft beer without tasting these. → Read More

Autos vs. bikes: Watch for shrinking roads in metro Detroit

Miles of bike lanes multiply from Detroit to suburbs near Woodward Avenue → Read More

Axle Brewing in Ferndale to close June 30; was a Top 10 Best New Restaurant in 2018

Axle Brewing Co. opened its Livernois Tap in June 2017, but factors including road construction and distribution 'headwinds' led to planned closure → Read More

Police surround building in Ferndale, ask public to avoid area

The six-floor Withington building in Ferndale is surrounded by police cars after a reported shooting Tuesday at about 7:45 p.m. → Read More

Drivers could lose car lanes on Woodward Avenue in 2020

A 2-mile stretch of Woodward through Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge is anticipated to receive road diet, and possibly bike lanes in next year → Read More

Stock market-like bar Detroit Beer Exchange coming to downtown Detroit

Beer Exchange, which fluctuates its prices with supply and demand, is expected to open a downtown Detroit location → Read More

The Monarch Club rooftop bar opening soon in downtown Detroit

The Monarch Club is set to open May 11 offering cocktails, wine, beer, small plates and views → Read More

Chick-fil-A to open in Roseville as chain expands across metro Detroit

Fast-food chain that's drawn controversy elsewhere plans to double locations in southeast Michigan → Read More

Five crushable Michigan beers for warm, sunny days

Reach for these easy-drinking, light, low-alcohol beers when temperatures crack the 70s → Read More

Parking crunch derails Baker College in downtown Ferndale

Baker College and Ferndale officials have ended negotiations for a $50 million, 75,000-square-foot campus and parking garage downtown → Read More

Chick-fil-A faces bans, protests across U.S., citing LGBTQ issues

As Atlanta-based fast-food chain expands in Michigan, opposition in other American cities leads to bans, protests → Read More

2 people critically-injured in officer-involved shooting in Detroit

Two people critically injured in officer-involved shooting Saturday night on Detroit's west side. No officers were reported injured. → Read More

A visitors' guide to Detroit breweries and beer bars

Take a beer tour of some of Detroit's best breweries, bars and stores, with tap and food recommendations for travelers who love a good pint. → Read More

Founders Brewing Co. taps Colorado brewery amid growth streak

Some All Day IPA will soon be brewed in Colorado as Founders Brewing Co. and its co-owner buy 70% stake in Avery Brewing Co. → Read More

Anchor Bar reopens, freshly renovated, in downtown Detroit

Anchor Bar, a historic dive in downtown Detroit, gets cleaned up with renovations along with more beer taps and an updated menu → Read More

Don't Royal Oak my Ferndale? Progress tugs at progressive suburb

Big, new mixed-use buildings. Trendy apartments. A possible college campus. Ferndale will soon have all these in common with its northern neighbor. → Read More

Visitors' guide to Detroit breweries and beer bars

Take a beer tour of some of Detroit's best breweries, bars and stores, with tap and food recommendations for travelers who love a good pint. → Read More