Antietam turned over a new leaf last on Friday at its grand reopening. The Eastern Market spot debuted a revamped menu and beverage list for patrons designed by three New York City culinary imports. Throughout the evening, a steady stream of diners stopped in at the Art Deco restaurant for French-inspired food and a savvy list of craft cocktails.
Despite staffing challenges last summer, chefs Brion Wong and Jestin James Feggan and beverage director Albert DePompeis say they are fully prepared for their new roles at Antietam. "We are seasoned and experienced industry veterans, and nothing about this particular job or invitation had any indication that it was anything but professional," Wong says.
In terms of atmosphere, the restaurant has a touch of romance with an edge, pairing dim lighting with up-tempo music. Steve Wilke of Hour Detroit provides a particularly lucid walkthrough of the eatery's interior from the large clock hanging from the wall to the knitted chains draping the overhead lighting.
Antietam is open Monday through Saturday. The bar is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; the kitchen is open from 6 a.m. to midnight.