Bistro to open in Westborn Market Plymouth

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

The newest branch of the Westborn Market chain set to open in Plymouth this spring will include a 90-seat restaurant. The menu will be a collaboration with chef David Gilbert of Grosse Pointe restaurant Marais.

The new Westborn Market in Plymouth will be much smaller than the typical Westborn, which averages close to 24,000 square feet.

The Plymouth market, in the city’s former post office, will be a slight departure from to other Westborn locations in Dearborn, Livonia and Berkely. The specialty departments — meat, cheese, beer and wine — will be prominent, and this will be the only Westborn with a restaurant.

The bistro will seat 20 inside and 70 on a patio. Initially, there will be no alcohol service, but a liquor license could be introduced by fall, Westborn publicist Kathy Vargo told The Detroit News. The market will be able to sell beer and wine immediately.

This store will be much smaller than other Westborn locales. The historic post office building at 860 Penniman is 11,000 square feet. Vargo says the average Westborn Market is closer to 24,000 square feet. The Plymouth location does have a basement space, however, and that will be used as a beer and wine cellar.

The Westborn team spent time visiting similar businesses across the continent — including the Denver Mercantile, a restaurant and artisanal market — to to get inspiration for this new venture.

“It’s a cool, historical building and Westborn has worked with the city to preserve it,” says Vargo.

Gilbert will not be leaving Marais, his highly-praised Grosse Pointe restaurant; the Plymouth restaurant will be run by two not-yet-named sous chefs.

Vargo says some of the experienced staff members from other Westborn markets will be transferred to the new store. The company also has a call for staff on its website,

More details on Plymouth Westborn Market and restaurant, including an opening date, are expected to be released soon.

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