New wine-centric restaurant opening at the Ashley
Detroit — A new wine bar and restaurant will be opening in September in the bottom of the Ashley apartment building near Grand Circus Park.
Vertical Detroit will open with an expansive wine list featuring more than 250 vintages by the bottle and 43 by the glass, as well as a selection of locally sourced appetizers and small plate options.
A retail area in the restaurant will feature an exclusive, consistently rotated collection of 325 to 350 wines, in addition to glassware and accessories.
The restaurant is being opened by the father-daughter team of Jim and Remy Lutfy, owners of Fine Wine Source, a specialty wine shop in Livonia.
Jim began selling wine from his family’s small business, Cloverleaf Market, in the 1980s, eventually developing one of the leading retail wine businesses in the country until 1993. That’s when he moved his business to Livonia and opened Fine Wine Source.
Following her father’s example, Remy studied wine and wine making at the University of California, Davis, before completing internships in Napa Valley. After that, she returned home to manage the shop. The two have been waiting five years to open the restaurant.
“Vertical has been a dream of Remy and I’s for quite some time,” Jim Lutfy said in a statement. “Our family has a genuine passion for wine and we’re looking forward to sharing that through not only the restaurant’s extensive bottle selection, but also through the menu, which complement one another in a really great, authentic way.”
Executive Chef Alex Knezevic, a Detroit native, will helm the kitchen. He spent the last 10 years in Tampa Bay, Florida, where he worked in high-end restaurants that paired fine cuisine with wine. The food served at Vertical will be made in-house or sourced locally from partners like Great Lakes Coffee, Calder Dairy, Corridor Sausage and Fairway Packing.
“The food scene in Detroit is incredible and we are confident that Vertical will only add to that culture and provide an option unlike any other in the area,” Lutfy said.
Named after a vertical wine flight, a side-by-side tasting of multiple vintages of the same wine, the restaurant will feature three “verticals” at all times. A variety of beers and boutique spirits will also be available.
The 75-seat restaurant will be located at 1538 Centre St. and has been designed by Rossetti Associates Inc. It will include a full bar area, retail wine shop and a 17-foot tasting table. Construction on the space began in April and should be completed in September. A patio will be coming next summer.