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American Gastropub Central Kitchen + Bar is Moving into Gilbert's First National Building

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The restaurant offers views of Campus Martius and Cadillac Square.

An interior illustration of Central Kitchen + Bar.
An interior illustration of Central Kitchen + Bar.
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The world's tallest mural isn't the only thing headed for the Dan Gilbert-owned First National Building. Bedrock Real Estate announced today that contractors have begun construction on Central Kitchen + Bar, a 3,028-square-foot "modern American gastropub."

The owners have selected chef Christina Stanco to design the menu, which will offer "approachable, upscale bar food" for lunch and dinner with dishes prepared from local ingredients. Expect to see house-blend ground beef, fresh-baked breads, salads, fish, and lamb on the list as well as Zingerman's coffee.

Ron Rea and Roman Bonislawski, are behind the restaurant's look. The pair also designed Joe Muer Seafood, Luxe, Legends, and Dime Store. Bonislawski describes Central as "tongue-in-cheek" (that's a head-scratcher) with "vintage crystal, reclaimed searchlights, and an open kitchen."  Plans include approximately 120 indoor seats as well as 24 patio seats with views of Campus Martius and Cadillac Square.

Central Kitchen + Bar broke ground on March 16 and the owners anticipate a July opening. The restaurant is looking to hire 50 people.

Central Kitchen + Bar

660 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226, USA