A new six-month dinner series aims to support the renovation of a classic Detroit building, while diners get to eat some great food in the process. Tim Tharp, owner of Foran's Grand Trunk Pub, purchased an old Albert Kahn building with entrepreneur Jonathan Hartzell, and the two have big ideas according to an article on Hell Yeah Detroit.
Known as the Kahn Body Shop, the building was once owned by Cadillac, later becoming the first African-American auto dealership in Detroit. After nearly 15 years of abandonment, the building is about to get a new lease on life, including a rooftop garden, basement fish pond, and "live-work spaces for artisans, artists and entrepreneurs alike" which they hope will enable steady progress over time.
The dinner series starts tonight, with barbeque from Grand Trunk, beer from New Holland and Founders, and vino from Motor City Wine. It goes from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and a free shuttle will run from Motor City Wine to the venue. Tickets are only $15, and can be purchased at Grand Trunk, Motor City Wine, or online.
The evening will include tours of the building, and as the dinner series continues so will the tours, highlighting the progress from each donation. In September they're planning a huge five-course gala dinner to show what six months of work accomplished. Go to one, or better yet attend them all and witness (and support) positive changes to a historical building first-hand.
Foran's Grand Trunk Pub. [Photo: Yelp]
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