Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles puts good vibes and great food in the atmosphere as the newest addition to the Livernois Corridor on Detroit’s northwest side. Situated in the heart of Fashion Ave, Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles is the official new kid’s on the block and rightfully so.
After months of building and planning Detroit native and former Detroit Lion’s player Ron Bartell finally opened the doors to Kuzzo’s on January 27th for a soft opening. Now, just one month in arrival before 10 am or earlier is a must if you don’t plan to wait before you are able to have a seat and enjoy the Bartell family’s infamous cinnamon buttermilk waffles.
The menu an ode to true Detroit natives with combination platters of popular slang like the ‘Trey-Deuce” or the ‘What Up Doe’ featuring your choice of 3pcs fried chicken, signature buttermilk waffles, cheese eggs and grits. Everything at Kuzzo’s is fresh being a true scratch kitchen. What’s better than Blue Kool-aide or Homemade Lemonade to wash it all down with?
The name Kuzzo is a play on a term of endearment. It’s meant for anyone who’s a friend, family member or someone from a similar culture. Kuzzo’s restaurant lives up to it’s name in every essence. From the moment that you enter Kuzzo’s Detroit, you can’t help but feel the energy of right at home.
At Kuzzo’s everyone is family and the vibes are so good that you may just want to sit and stay a while. In the corner by the bar you may catch an episode of Girlfriend’s playing on TVOne or in the main dining room a group of hipster’s sitting next to a grandmother and her crew of ladies enjoying a Tender Love and a cup of freshly brewed Michigan Great Lakes coffee.
If you are the one to enjoy the moment perhaps sit and stare out of the glass windows a bit you may notice that Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles is the first of many new buildings and businesses to the Avenue of Fashion. A historic shopping district full of many African American owned small businesses. The new kid’s on the block brought a new energy and this is only the beginning.
I had no idea what to expect when my sis Mylissa sent the invite for us girls to go and Paint With A Twist. It had truly been a rough holiday for us all with the recent passing of her mom Mrs.Tinsley not even a month prior. With her birthday drawing near and still no solid plans we could all understand her not wanting to do anything to celebrate her birthday although I secretly wished she would. Thank goodness Mylissa listened to her inner voice and at the very last minute decided against a non-celebration.
With the touch of a button a very simple mass text was sent to just a few close family members of her would be birthday plans. Mylissa is a simple girl. It doesn’t take much to please her at all. She is very non confrontational and so not about the drama. She spends her time taking care of her son A.J. and also her Mom before she passed from Pancreatic Cancer. It had been a rough year for us all but especially for her being that she lost her very best friend, her mom.
When asked what would your mom want you to do the answer is always “have the time of your life”. With this in mind, the one thing that Mylissa did want to do for her birthday was Painting with A Twist. Mylissa was a regular at the Farmington Hills location and the Wicked Moonpainting was one she had wanted to master for a very long time it was perfect timing.
Painting and Twisting
The only difficulties I ever had was finding a place to park in the plaza because that joint was packed! It was a great thing too because the room was filled with even greater energy and lots of super amazing women. There were helpful staff members there to greet and check me, being the very last one to arrive I really appreciated the fact that everything was already set up for me and that my seat was saved within our group of girls.
The very last thing I’d ever drawn or painted was in the 5th grade at Hill Elementary and it was of my shoe. My art teacher had us take off our shoe and literally place it on the table to draw. Had I known we were going to do that I’d have worn a pair of my favorite because that shoe was so plain Jane in my opinion. On that day we had just lead pencil to draw with but I sketched my shoe like my life depended on it. I did such a great job that I’d won a place in our school art show and my shoe was put on display and framed the entire year.
Sitting in on Painting With A Twist quickly reminded me of my 5th grade art roots, and rather than feeling intimidated it really boosted my artist ego. For the first time I was fully geared up with easel, brushes, and smock the only thing missing at first was my 5th grade confidence. The art instructor must have been an intuitive and part time motivational speaker because she is the reason why all of our paintings turned out so beautifully. Trust me, the only time you ever feel lost is maybe before you arrive because the instructor really makes the biggest difference.
The room is filled with so much artwork it makes you wonder how in the hell you could you ever paint something so detailed but the instructors there work the rooms full of women taking the time to go over each step with ease and guidance. Our wine breaks and laughs in-between I’m sure helped to channel our inner Van Goughs too.
Have you ever Painted With A Twist?
Painting With A Twist (formerly Corks n Canvas) is the largest employer of aspiring artist in the country. Started in 2007 by Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney in Mandeville, Louisiana, the concept pairs instructional art with friends, wine and a lively instructor to produce individual works of art. With four locations in the Greater New Orleans Area, the company began franchising the business as Painting with a Twist® in 2009.
To date, 185 franchise locations are open all over the country including the one my sister-in-law invited me to for her birthday festivities last December in Farmington Hills, MI. Although I have never met these women I am super grateful for the amazing place of creation they manifested into this world. Our time Painting With A Twist was one of the most memorable moments I’ve ever experienced.