Cobo Joe's Adjusts Now That the Red Wings Have Moved

Bars near the Joe Louis Arena, which long benefited from the hockey games, are having to make adjustments now that the Red Wings play at Little Caesars Arena.

Cobo Joes's at 422 W. Congress is one of the those.

Melody Baetens of the The Detroit News write:

Now that the Joe is history and the Wings are skating on the other side of downtown at Little Caesars Arena, it’s time for a change at the modest sports bar on West Congress. Enter new business partner Delroy Thomas. Also the owner of First Place Lounge in East English Village, Thomas stepped in so that longtime owner Richard Cadreau could start working toward retirement.

Thomas says he’ll keep the name Cobo Joe’s and the sports bar atmosphere, but he has also diversified the bar’s offerings with a Caribbean food and DJs spinning reggae music on Thursdays and live bands performing Motown on Saturdays. Thomas says he doesn’t see the end of Joe Louis Arena as a death sentence for Cobo Joe’s.

"We don’t see failure in the picture at all because the Red Wings are no longer across the street,” he said. “We’re revamping. They did it on Michigan Avenue (after Tiger Stadium closed), we can do the same thing here, as well, and I strongly believe that you are at your best when your back is against the wall."

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