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๐Ÿ“† Good morning! On this day in 1881, Joseph Lowthian Hudson opened his famous store at the old Detroit Opera House.

  • Ten years later, he moved it near Woodward and Gratiot, where Hudson's would grow into the world's tallest department store. Now, a new $1.4 billion development is expected to open at the site later this year.

๐ŸŒ‚ Today's weather: Showers, mainly before 1pm. High near 50.

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Today's newsletter is 812 words โ€” a 3-minute read. Edited by Joe Guillen and copy edited by Cindy Orosco-Wright.

1 big thing: We're not big TSA complainers

Data: TSA via Data Liberation Project; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Detroit Metro Airport has a lower-than-average rate of TSA complaints compared with other airports, per data from the transportation agency.

Why it matters: Air passengers nationwide are reporting complaints at a higher rate than before the pandemic, according to an analysis by the Data Liberation Project.

State of play: DTW ranked 49th in the country out of 103 major airports for the number of complaints per capita between January 2023 and January 2024.

By the numbers: We logged 2,336 complaints in that year, for a rate of 15.76 complaints per 100,000 passengers.

  • Comparatively, Newark โ€” the airport with the most complaints โ€” logged 6,740, or 36.19 per 100,000.
  • Charlotte, which saw the fewest gripes, reported 1,976, or 7.76 per 100,000.

The intrigue: Somehow, DTW saw more complaints per capita than Chicago O'Hare International. The airport Michiganders love to slam for long delays on connecting flights was ranked 54th.

Zoom in: The analysis found TSA PreCheck was the subject of the vast majority of gripes at DTW, with nearly 1,700 complaints. That was followed by customer service, screening and handling of property.

Context: A spike in complaints was logged in early 2020. This was because there were more complaints relative to the extraordinarily low passenger volume at the time.

The bottom line: No airport is perfect and air travel is always going to be stressful. But DTW ranked highest in customer satisfaction in a 2023 J.D. Power airport satisfaction study, getting the most points for terminal facilities, security check and food/beverage/retail.

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2. Gilly's debut

Gilly's Clubhouse at 1550 Woodward Ave. Photos: Courtesy of Gilly's Clubhouse

Gilly's Clubhouse, a Dan Gilbert-backed sports bar, opens downtown on Friday for the Tigers' home opener.

The big picture: Gilly's and a lower-level bar called Saksey's are intended to honor the spirit and legacy of Nick Gilbert, Dan Gilbert's son who co-created the concepts. Nick Gilbert died last year at age 26 from neurofibromatosis.

What to expect: Gilly's will start its tailgate party at 10am Friday, alongside other bars and venues downtown that will be getting in on the action.

  • Gilly's also plans to host watch parties April 25-27 for the NFL Draft.
Two views of Gilly's, one of the bar and one of a giant TV lit up around the edges.
Two more views of Gilly's.

The vibe: The sports bar's offerings include a massive 120-square-foot TV, vintage interior design details and artwork from Detroit-based Davariz Broaden and Tyrrell Winston, per a news release. Nick Gilbert's brothers Grant Gilbert and AJ Gilbert helped with branding, merchandise and staff uniforms.

  • The menu is wide-ranging, from coffee and fresh-pressed juice to burgers, wings and grain bowls.

If you go: 1550 Woodward Ave. downtown. Hours are 11am-midnight Sunday-Thursday and 11am-2am Friday and Saturday.

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3. The Grapevine: You heard it here

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

๐ŸŽจ The Carr Center, an organization highlighting Black art, is in debt and at risk of shutting down. Continued attendance at its events and larger donations are needed to keep its doors open. (Free Press)

๐ŸŒฟ Potato chip giant Better Made is suing cannabis companies for trademark infringement over their labels that look extremely similar to Better Made's logo. (Crain's)

๐Ÿ‘ฎ Former Lions cornerback Cam Sutton turned himself in to a Tampa, Florida, jail on Sunday. He was wanted on a domestic violence warrant. (WXYZ)

๐Ÿ’ U of M's hockey team earned its third straight Frozen Four berth Sunday, beating Michigan State, 5-2. The Wolverines face Boston College on Thursday. (Detroit News)

4. The mitten's women in office

Women as a share of municipal officeholders
Data: Rutgers; Map: Axios Visuals

More than 35% of Michigan's municipal officeholders are women, according to a new report from the Center For American Women and Politics at Rutgers.

  • That puts us at 16th in the nation.

The big picture: Following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's election in 2018, the state went from the middle of the pack to the top third in the nation in terms of getting women into local office.

Zoom in: The nine-member Detroit City Council has a female majority. Other local women also hold important offices, including Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Lathrup Village Mayor Kelly Garrett.

  • Michigan ranks 14th in state legislative representation, which the report also analyzed.
  • Five of the seven Democrats who represent Michigan in the U.S. House are women.

Zoom out: Colorado leads the nation (46.1%) for its share of women holding municipal office.

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5. Cass Corridor burger truck hits the spot

The All-American burger ($9.49). Photos: Samuel Robinson/Axios

โœŒ๐Ÿผ Hey guys, it's Sam.

The Burger Truck is known for its playful recipes, but the classic burger I ordered with double patties, cheese and pickles did not disappoint.

State of play: The food truck on Cass Avenue across from Old Miami is one of the food truck chain's nine Metro Detroit locations.

What to expect: Burgers with halal beef patties can come topped with Cheetos or Doritos, or even mozzarella.

  • I went plain Jane and got the All-American burger, which was juicy and well-seasoned. The Cajun fries were fresh and crispy.

If you go: 3929 Cass Ave.

  • Open 11am-10pm Monday-Thursday, 11am-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday and noon-9pm Sunday.
A side view of the food truck parked in its lot.
The Burger Truck sits across from Old Miami in the Cass Community United Methodist Church lot.

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