The real 8 Mile
2121 Cass, Detroit
More than twenty years ago, Marvin Chin closed the doors of his Polynesian-themed Chin Tiki restaurant and lounge. It hasn't reopened since. The building, a couple of blocks behind the Fox Theatre, has become a Detroit time capsule. Meal orders still hang in the kitchen while bottles of half-opened liquor sit behind the bar. So when the script called for Jimmy and his friends to go to a Chinese restaurant late one night, Chin Tiki was the spot filmed both inside and out. "They used my upstairs banquet room," says Chin. "They moved the 5-foot tikis, anything of an art nature up there." Viewers hoping to see the tiki-tacky furnishings on screen will be disappointed.