July 29, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Detroit chef Craig Lieckfelt sets sights on Michelin stars

Chef Craig Lieckfelt, who has held a series of acclaimed pop-up dinners in Detroit, plans to open his own restaurant, Guns & Butter, this summer. (John T. Greilick / The Detroit News)

Detroit— You know Detroit’s culinary scene is gaining stature when the national press reveals the downtown location of a restaurant whose chef says he’s obsessed with bringing Michelin-level dining to the city.

In an extensive interview with chef Craig Lieckfelt, the Wall Street Journal reports Lieckfelt’s Guns & Butter will open later this summer at 1301 Broadway, at the corner of Gratiot. The five-story Cary Building is mainly vacant now but is being renovated by owners Bedrock Real Estate Service, the real estate arm of Quicken Loans Inc. founder Dan Gilbert.

Lieckfelt has said in previous interviews that his goal for his new restaurant is “nothing less than” Michelin-level dining.

The Michelin Red Guide is a series of annual tourist guide books published by the French company Michelin. Earning even one Michelin star is considered a hallmark achievement for any restaurant. Only a handful of restaurants in the United States earn Michelin stars — none are in Michigan.

“Three stars. I’m obsessed with bringing that to Detroit,” Lieckfelt told the Wall Street Journal, referring to the highest rating possible. “It could take 20 years to even get Michelin to come here, but that’s fine.”

Lieckfelt is the former sous-chef in a Manhattan restaurant, Jean-Georges, that earned three Michelin stars.

For about a year, Lieckfelt has held a series of acclaimed pop-up dinners in Detroit.

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