Fly Trap, the popular Ferndale restaurant, reopens on Tuesday


The wait is over for fans of Ferndale’s beloved Fly Trap restaurant.

After staff training and menu testing with public tastings, the Fly Trap, known as “the finest restaurant” and a popular brunch spot, will welcome diners back on Tuesday.

Closed since September, the restaurant sold last month and is under new ownership who promises to keep it as a Fly Trap.

The restaurant, at 29950 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale, will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Offering dishes such as green eggs and ham, crab cakes and avocado and pumpkin seed toast, Ferndale's Fly Trap guarantees a unique breakfast experience.

More than a month ago, Kara and Gavin McMillian, owners of the beloved restaurant for 17 years, announced that they had sold the restaurant to restaurateur Matt Buskard, owner of five Bobcat Bonnie locations in the Detroit metro area, one in Grand Rapids and another in Toledo, Ohio.

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In announcing the new owner, the owners cited staffing issues and owner burnout for the September closure in a Facebook post.

Buskard posted on social media over the past week about staff training and menu testing, along with photos ahead of Tuesday’s opening.

In a recent Facebook post, Buskard wrote that these food samples said, “It tastes exactly the same as before.”

And that was the goal.

A Fly Trap regular for many years, Buskard announced he would reopen the restaurant, writing in a Facebook post that the location on Woodward would remain the Fly Trap.

“Our goal is simple – which is to keep the Fly Trap like the Fly Trap. There will be no crossovers, remixes, idea sharing, etc. We want to keep the magic that is the Fly Trap at the Fly Trap and vice versa,” Buskard wrote in a Facebook post.

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