The Corridor Sausage Company gets its name from the Cass Corridor, that neighborhood containing the Detroit Masonic Temple over by Midtown, but their new home is in Eastern Market. The company has been searching for a production facility since a deal for a CC building fell through a couple of years ago. Now they’ve gone and said “yes” to a lease in the building that has Detroit’s most famous graffiti marriage proposal on it. If you are craving some Vietnamese Chicken Sausage, ask a local how to find the place where Tizzie said yes.
The building is owned by Greenbriar Foods, a Christian company which re-packages foods to send to schools and churches, which will still have space in the building. Corridor Sausage Co. makes hormone-free homemade sausage and currently can only handle production Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Before coming to Eastern Market, they were centered out of a small butcher shop in Howell, only selling 6-7 hours a week and making trips to Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Eastern Market for selling on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The three-year old company, which is co-owned by Will Branch and Zachary Klein, has already divided up the space inside on what to put where. The building on Division and Orleans St. is two blocks from the center of the farmer’s market. As soon as you walk into the space, you have to go through a large, heavy door to get to the packaging area. Once there, to the right is a large freezer, and to the left is where the future area of meat packaging will occur. To the back left will be a storage unit for hanging and curing (saving or preserving meat to hold more flavor through drying, smoking or or salting) the sausage. The stairway to the second floor is directly in front of you as soon as you walk in. Branch hopes that the upstairs will be cleaned out so they can have an office up there.
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