Chef Josh Stockton will reveal his new Gold Cash Gold to the public on December 6, but Eater photographers Michelle and Chris Gerard had the first look at renovations to this historic building.
Originally commissioned in 1889 for $12,000, according to "Corktown historian" Paul Szewcyk, 2100 Michigan Avenue was once home to bakeries, a grocery store, tailors, and even a butcher. By the early 1960s, it transitioned to a pawn shop owned by Sam Rubin. Lettering on the exterior of the building was preserved during the remodel and gives the restaurant its name.
Personal touches like stained glass windows, burlap bench backs, and a decorative wooden ceiling and bar add the antique elements of the design. One wall is accented by shelves lined with jarred preserves—a testament to the owner's no-waste philosophy. Wooden floors, reclaimed from a local elementary school gymnasium, feature an eye-catching golden eagle with outstretched wings.