A new restaurant concept is coming to Detroit's West Village neighborhood, The Hungry Dudes first reported. Greg Reyner, chef and co-owner of Royal Oak's Café Muse, plans to open a Geiger Eat Shop just a few doors down from Sister Pie bakery on Kercheval Avenue.
The restaurant's name harkens back to Reyner's grandmother's restaurant, which operated in the 1930s. "In a small town restaurants were a hub of the community," Reyner tells Eater. "I wanted to create that same sort of vibe." The 3,000-square-foot space will include an open-kitchen similar to Beast in Portland, Oregon, with seating for 75 and an outdoor patio. "I almost envision, if it's slow enough, a cook could actually run food out and have a connection with the tables," Reyner says. Plans also include a separate bar space and a private dining space on the building's lower level.
The menu will include new American fare with international influences and Michigan products. "We're going to try and glean as much as possible from local farms," Reyner adds. The landlord leasing the space to Reyner has already begun renovating the building and Reynor says there's even talk of tearing down the dilapidated building between Sister Pie and the Geiger Eat Shop for a community space. Reyner aims to open the eatery in the second quarter of 2016.