Fort Street Galley owners confirm food hall downtown is closing Friday

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Downtown Detroit's Fort Street Galley, which opened in late 2018, is closing abruptly.

"We regret to share that Fort Street Galley will be closing Friday, February 28, 2020," reads a statement posted to the Galley's social media Friday morning, citing "various factors" that led to the closing. 

One of the reasons, according to the statement, was the decision to "scale back our operations nationwide and focus energy on our flagship locations in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis."

Fort Street Galley in Downtown Detroit appears to be closing Friday, Feb. 28.

"We greatly appreciate the support from our guests and the community during our time in Detroit, perhaps most memorably the chance to feature Detroit-style pizza out of state. Wishing our Detroit family the very best."

Eater Detroit reports founding partners of the Galley Group Benjamin Mantica and Tyler Benson left the company last monthThe Cleveland Scene reports that the Ohio City Galley in Cleveland, which opened around the same time as Fort Street Galley, would also likely close Friday. 

The news was first put out publicly by Isla Detroit, one of the food hall's first tenants.

"Isla Detroit's last service will be tomorrow, 11 a.m. until sold out," reads a Thursday night Instagram post from the restaurant, which specializes in Filipino cuisine. The restaurant thanked customers and staff and referred to the "sudden closure" of Fort Street Galley being Friday. 

Which Came First opened in Fort Street Galley in 2019 with fried chicken sandwiches, deviled eggs, poutine and more.

Isla Detroit was one of four concepts Fort Street Galley started with in December 2018. The first, Persue, left a few months in, and the current line up includes Table and Which Came First from chef Phil Milton and Square Peggy's from the team behind the new Corktown pizzeria Michigan & Trumbull. Both Milton and Michigan & Trumbull have occupied stalls in other Galley Group projects. 

Michigan & Trumbull got its start at the Federal Gallery, serving Detroit-style pizza to Pittsburgh diners. 

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