“Holes in the Wall” Exhibition Celebrates Iconic Diners and Restaurants

Over the past several months, five Detroit-area photographers have ventured out to capture the images and essences of some of the most iconic and beloved “Holes in the Wall” diners and restaurants in Metro Detroit.

Those photographs and and interpretations of them created by seven visual artists will be the subject of the Padzieski Gallery's next exhibition: Hole in the Wall.

The exhibition is open July 12-Aug 10, including a free opening party and reception on Thursday, July 12 from 6-8 p.m and an Art and Appetizers gallery talk on Thursday, Aug. 2 from 6-8 p.m.

A term of affection, a “hole in the wall” references those special, often overlooked destinations where hot food is served in a more personal, non-corporate atmosphere, where the conversations can be casual and friendly—even passionate—and where friendships can be made to last, or sometimes fade. Many folks have had their favorites through the years—perhaps too many to mention—and certainly too many to adequately represent in a single series of photographs and paintings. However, nearly 50 images representing eight different establishments have been lovingly produced in this Padzieski Gallery exhibition including painted interpretations on canvas by several outstanding Detroit-area artists of those photographic depictions of “Holes in the Wall.”

Photographers Tim Tonachella, Jim Aho, Danny Rebb, Michael Kearney and Glenn Kujansuu along with painters Sharlene Welton, John Lange, Jack Noremac, Carrie Care Wheeler, Elizabeth Gullikson and Joe Hosler come together to present this special collaborative exhibit featuring the following "Hole in the Wall" restaurants:

  • Farmer's Restaurant – Detroit
  • Becky's Nip 'N Tuck Diner – Berkley
  • Greene's Hamburgers - Farmington Hills
  • Scotty Simpson's Fish and Chips – Detroit
  • Duly's Place - Detroit
  • Hygrade Deli – Detroit
  • Bates Hamburgers – Livonia
  • Red Hots Coney Island - Highland Park