Food & Drink

New in Detroit: Magnet Restaurant Features Wood-Fired Cooking and No Tips

September 17, 2019, 9:48 AM

Add Magnet to your list of new Detroit restaurant destinations. (You do have one, right?)

This addition, opening Friday in a former radiator shop on Grand River Avenue in the Core City neighborhood, features selections "kissed by a little bit of wood flavor," chef Brad Greenhill tells Annalise Frank of Crain's Detroit Business. All cooking will be done on a charcoal grill or a wood-fired oven.

Chef Brad Greeenhill also is a Takoi co-owner. (Photos: WXYZ)

He and partner Philip Kafka also are co-owners of Takoi, a Corktown hotspot a mile and a half away on Michigan Avenue. (Takoi's third owner, Courtney Henriette, isn't part of Magnet.)

The 78-seat restaurant's menu includes a whole grilled eggplant, a full cauliflower, topped flatbreads and celery root kabobs. 

Greenhill estimates the multi-cuisine menu is 75 percent vegan or vegetarian, because he's zeroing in on vegetable dishes. . . .

Prices will range from $9 small plates to a $65 tasting menu. Main-course meat dishes, for example, vary in price from $18-$80, depending on size, and per-person bills are likely to fall somewhere between $20 and $35, depending on if the customer orders a drink, Greenhill estimated.

And get this: No tip line on the bills

"The hospitality is built into menu prices," Greenhill tells Crain's.

"The idea is to . . . treat it more like a normal job where you have a salary and health care and stuff you can depend on that's consistent."

Magnet is at 4848 Grand River Ave., half a block south of West Warren Avenue. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Another debut this week:

Pink Flamingo Food Truck Adds a Palmer Park Carry-Out Restaurant

Read more:  Crain's Detroit Business

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