Jim Brady's Detroit, which is moving into the space long-occupied by the Oxford Inn on Main Street in Royal Oak, is aiming for an October opening.
Sharon Juergens, chef and managing partner of Diamond Jim Brady's in Novi, said the new Royal Oak spot, which she referred to as a sister restaurant, is being totally gutted and remodeled.
The owner of the new restaurant, Tom Brady, is the grandson of the late Jim Brady, who opened Diamond Jim Brady's on Greenfield and 7 Mile Road in Detroit in 1954. In 1979, the family opened a second location in Southfield, but closed both restaurants in 1990. A year later, Tom's father, Tom Brady Sr., opened up in Novi.
Both Tom's father and grandfather have passed away. Tom's stepmother, Mary Brady, an executive chef, owns the Diamond Jim Brady's in the Novi Town Center.
Besides Tom Brady, others with ownership in the Royal Oak restaurant include Darin Dingman and Mary Brady.
Tom Brady tells Deadline Detroit that he plans to open a Jim Brady's Detroit in Ann Arbor on Main Street between Liberty and Washington in Spring 2016, and a Detroit location downtown in 2017. He declined to give the exact location of the Detroit restaurant.
He said the menus of the Jim Brady's Detroit restaurants will include the old standbys like burgers, chili and a Caesar Salad. The rest of the menu will be different than the Diamond Jim Brady's in Novi.
He said the food will come from a "scratch menu with some fun, big bold favors."
He said the Jim Brady's Detroit restaurants will focus on buying local food for its menu and will serve Michigan craft beers and cocktails.