Downtown Detroit's getting a caloric infusion.
At a media event on Wednesday at the First National Building in central downtown, Dan Gilbert's Bedrock Real Estate Services officially introduced four new eateries that will be operating inside its properties.
Various media had previously reported on the arrival of the restaurants. But the event provided an opportunity for the press to sample some of the food offerings and talk to the owners.
The four restaurants include:
- Wright & Company, 1500 Woodward Avenue (second floor of the Wright Kay Building). Opening set for this month. The owners are Dave Kwiatkowksi, owner of the Sugar House in Detroit, and Marc Djozlija, former head chef at MGM's Wolfgang Puck. The food will be small plates that will include chilled shrimp, tuna tartare and heirloom tomato salad.
- Freshii, 1001 Woodward Avenue (First Federal Bank Building). Opening set for September. The owners are Randy Dickow, owner of Lunchtime Global, a popular, cafeteria-like downtown eatery, and his brother Andrew Dickow. The chain will offer juices, smoothies, wraps and salads
- Mike's Kabob Grille at the Chrysler House, 719 Griswold Street. Opened May 20. Owner is Mike Abdallah. He previously owned restaurants in Lake Orion and Rochester. His food, which is halal, can be found at Joe's Produce in Livonia. The fare for the restaurant is classic Middle Eastern like chicken and beef shawarma, hummus and crushed lentil soup. Additionally, it has items like a "Smokey Bacon Burger" that's made with halal turkey bacon.
- 7 Greens, on Library Street at "The Z." Opening is set for August. Owner is Kelly Schaefer. She grew up in the Birmingham area, went to culinary school in New York and was a chef in Chicago and Nantucket. The eatery specializes in salads and soups.
Dan Mullen, vice president of Leasing and Development for Bedrock Real Estate Services, said of the new restaurants: "This is just the start."
He declined to say what else may be coming. He did say his company is still in talks to see about Poppa Joe's grocery store moving into the First National Building.
In a press release, he stated:
"We are focused on attracting a variety of quality sit-down and quick-casual restaurants to downtown that create an urban experience that can't be replicated in the suburbs. The added variety of new restaurants is just what downtown needs.