Rodin: Now You See It, Soon You Won't

January 01, 2014, 1:17 PM

Rodin, open since December 2012, is one block north of the Detroit Institute of Arts. (Facebook photo)

Act fast if you haven't yet visited Rodin for drinks and French-style small plates.The year-old Cultural Center attraction shuts in about two weeks, JC Reindl reports.

Prominent restaurateur Torya Schoeniger told the Free Press Tuesday that it simply became too much for her to own and operate both the restaurant and the neighboring shop, Good Girls Go to Paris Crepes, which opened on Woodward Avenue in 2009. Both are on the ground floor of the Park Shelton.

Schoeniger, 35, said she plans to move Good Girls into the larger space that will be vacated by Rodin, named for the famous French sculptor. She intends to transfer the restaurant’s liquor permit to expand the crepes shop’s drink offerings.

“It’s been a fun year, but I just wanted to not have so much on my shoulders,” Schoeniger said in a phone interview. “I think my passion for this project went away a little bit.” 

Comments under Reindl's article include this reaction from Detroit attorney Diane Hutcherson: "Say it isn't so! I loved Rodin; the ambiance, the food."

Chef Kate Williams, who was on board since the Noel Night debut in 2012, left in early November, as first reported by Nicole Rupersburg at Eat It Detroit:

Kate and Rodin owner Torya Schoeniger wanted to go in different directions with the restaurant/bar. As a French-trained chef, Kate understandably wanted to focus more on the dining end of the business, but with a tiny kitchen she was limited.

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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