Metro Detroit is buzzing with interest in Birmingham's newest restaurant, The Bird & The Bread, owned by Kristin Jonna (of Vinology in Ann Arbor and Vinotecca in Royal Oak) decided to step away from the wine theme in favor of something a little different, because she felt she knew exactly what Birmingham needed: a "casual, playful, but smart" dining option, that was also family friendly. Yes, they have a children's menu, but it's not just grilled cheese and chicken tenders, it's a healthier more modern take on kids' cuisine. The restaurant is also hoping to attract craft beer enthusiasts, with 24 beers on tap. In an unusual move, half of them are European, keeping in with the overall European theme of the menu (and giving a nod to her husband's Belgian heritage).
The interior was designed to be industrial, warm, and creative, with an emphasis on re-purposing and reusing. The chairs and other fixtures remain from the restaurant previously in the location, South, and the giant lights come from old Detroit gymnasiums. A vintage fridge and stove have become the hostess stand, and her father John Jonna's colorful cookbook collection has become part of the decor (though guest are also welcome to peruse the books).
Executive Chef Jim Leonardo (Vinology) is in charge of the kitchen, which is currently open for dinner only but is starting lunch next week. They're also going to feature Sunday brunch, starting sometime before Easter.
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