Rock City Eatery is ready for new location

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Saturday will be the last dinner service for Rock City Eatery’s Hamtramck location. After three years on Jos Campau, the chef-driven restaurant will open on Woodward in Midtown on Sept. 8.

Owners Nikita Sanches and Jessica Imbronone Sanches will have more room to stretch out at this 4,000-square foot location at 4216 Woodward where Bangkok Cuisine Express used to be.

One of the new dishes at Rock City Eatery’s Midtown location, opening Sept. 8, is “Grilled Steaks,” which has no meat.

The move was announced nearly a year ago, and in the spring local food writers were invited to sample a preview of what chef Nikita was planning for Rock City Eatery’s new address. We were served a vegetable dish called “grilled steaks,” bone marrow pate, and “ants on a log,” a pickled celery dish topped with actual black ants. (They arrive from Thailand dried, and Sanches makes them plate-ready by reconstituting them in vinegar.)

He’ll still serve what he’s known for, too, which includes pies, mac and cheese, duck confit poutine and spicy roasted Brussels sprouts.

Besides new menu items, Rock City’s Midtown location will have less mismatched furniture than the Hamtramck restaurant. Benches and the bar top will be crafted by Ferndale-based Hudson Industrial Furnishings, which uses reclaimed metal and wood.

Rock City Eatery will move from Hamtramck to Midtown. One of the new dishes at the Midtown spot is this lobster roll with yeast broth, cucumber, celery and nasturtium flowers.

Expect a thorough and diverse bar program from beverage director Liz Cosby, too.

For reservations at either the Hamtramck restaurant (through Saturday), or next month the Midtown spot, call (248) 633-3072.

(313) 222-2402

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