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Oct 20 / Natalie Frakes

Soul Jazz Sundays at Cadieux Cafe

The good ol’ Cadieux Cafe is not for the faint of heart. The classic Belgian-style bar, feather bowling alley, live music venue, and mussel madness producing restaurant is on the northeast side of Detroit on Cadieux, just before you hit Mack Avenue. On the outside, it appears to be the only functioning building on the block with huge “Cadieux Cafe” painted in classic font-type on its side and a dirt parking lot.

Don’t like the smell of seafood? Can’t handle the feeling of a place being haunted? If you answered yes to either of those, then don’t dare go inside the Cadieux. It’s home to the best mussels and pomme-frites in town and also home to the ghost of former owner Yvonne and Robert DeVos. Their ghosts have been seen sitting at tables after-hours and in the basement of the restaurant.

In addition to all its splendor, the Cadieux holds a dear place in my heart. It was where my parents took us for awesome dinners throughout my childhood, where my band Man Francisco had its CD Release Party, where I have met many great musicians, etc. etc. It’s the neighborhood hang-out on the east side with great food and drink, and locally-produced musicians.

Every Sunday, the Cadieux features Soul Jazz Sunday, a night of local jazz from 8:30pm-1am. This past Sunday, October 19th, my friend Jake Shadik and his quartet performed some original works and followed with a jam session in which lots of Wayne State products participated! It was really cool to see friends and classmates from Wayne perform together at a local hang.


If you can’t decide on what to do with your week, go to the Cadieux. There’s always something interesting happening – Tuesday jazz, Wednesday karaoke, Thursday quiz night, and the weekend always brings live music.

For more information on the Cadieux, check out!


  1. Jeff Dunn / Oct 22 2014

    It’s THE hang! So many great musicians not only headline, but show up to sit in during the second and third sets. Nice people running the place too. And everything that Natalie described is true – including the ghosts.

  2. Kelly Driscoll / Oct 22 2014

    Love Cadieux Café! Thanks for sharing, Natalie.

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