Food & Drink

Birmingham's Phonecia Opening Downtown Detroit Spot in October

September 19, 2019, 12:10 PM

Workers at the site Thursday as it prepares for next month's opening. (Photo: Deadline Detroit)

For more than four decades the Eid family has been operating Phoenicia, an upscale Lebanese restaurant on Old Woodward Avenue in downtown Birmingham.

Now the father-son team of Sameer and Sammy Eid plan to open Leila, a more casual version in Capitol Park in downtown Detroit. A debut the week of Oct. 14 is envisioned.

The 130-seat "cosmopolitan" restaurant will be in the Farwell Building at 1249 Griswold St. and will occupy 4,500 square feet. It will include a 20-person private dining room and lounge.

The kitchen will have a pita oven and charcoal grill.

Staff interviews are under way Thursday until 5 p.m.  

Leila joins a host of new restaurants in the once-distressed part of downtown, including the Prime + Proper steakhouse.

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