Central Kitchen + Bar coming to Detroit

Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
The Detroit News

Detroit — Downtown and Midtown’s dining options are about to get a little more diverse.

Dennis Archer Jr. and partners will be bringing American gastropub Central Kitchen + Bar to the First National Building on Woodward in the central business district by July. And Treat Dreams, the Ferndale favorite ice cream shop, will open a location on Cass by the start of summer.

As the city continues to emerge from the months-long process of bankruptcy, once abandoned buildings such as the David Whitney and the Federal Reserve Building are being refurbished, and retail and restaurant spaces rented out.

With the revitalization has come dozens of new spots to fulfill an appetite.

Treat Dreams owner Scott Moloney said it’s that growth that convinced him to open the Midtown location.

“The energy and excitement happening in the city of Detroit, and particularly in Midtown, was simply inescapable for us,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a block over and a few miles down the street, Central Kitchen + Bar will be taking over a 3,028-square-foot street-level space of the First National Building at 660 Woodward. Slated to open in July, the restaurant will feature upscale bar food from Executive Chef Christina Stanco, formerly of the Roberts Restaurant Group’s Café ML in Bloomfield Township. The place is being funded by Dennis Archer Jr., Christopher Brochert and Ken Karam and designed by restaurant specialists Ron Rea and Roman Bonislawski. They’re the designers behind Joe Muer Seafood, Luxe, Legend’s and Dime Store.

“ ‘Central’ is central to the social life of Campus Martius and downtown Detroit,” Bonislawski said in a statement. “It is urban tongue-in-cheek with vintage crystal, reclaimed searchlights and an open kitchen. Nestled among the architectural beauty of the original First National Building, we are truly reclaiming the space.”

The restaurant will include 130 seats, 90 of which will be indoors, 18 at the bar and 12 in a lounge area. A patio will seat 24 with views of Cadillac Square and Campus Martius. It’s also expected to bring 50 jobs to the area.

The restaurant is accepting applications for bartenders, servers, hosts, kitchen staff and management-level positions. For more information on Central or employment opportunities, visit www.centraldetroit.com.