July 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Campau Tower to reopen in Hamtramck with a few tweaks

Chef Nikita Sanches plans to reopen Hamtramck's Campau Tower to serve lunch and late night food, in addition to running his Rock City Eatery. ( John T. Greilick / The Detroit News ) (John T. Greilick / The Detroit News)

When Hamtramck’s longtime slider joint Campau Tower closed in May, it left a void in the hearts and stomachs of late-night bar flies and residents.

But now a local restauranteur is coming to the rescue. Nikita Santches, owner and chef at Rock City Eatery in Hamtramck, says he will reopen Campau Tower for lunch and late-night eating in as soon as two weeks.

“We’re not changing anything,” he says of the diner, which offers counter seating for around a dozen people. “We’re going to fix it up a bit on the inside; we’ve been cleaning for a while. We’ll try to upgrade the quality of the ingredients. It’ll go up in price a little, but it’ll be super affordable ... reasonably priced for the locals.”

“It’s going to be 100 percent an American thing, a greasy spoon,” he adds. In addition to keeping Campau Tower’s menu of sliders and breakfast items, he’ll add shakes and burgers with specialty toppings.

Santches says his goal at first is to open Campau Tower for lunch and late at night, perhaps around 10 p.m. to 3 or 4 a.m. This prevents him from competing with himself at Rock City, which will focus on a dinner crowd.