Downtown's latest development, Central Kitchen + Bar, swings open for lunch at 11 a.m. with a gastro bistro menu and plenty of open-air seating. Co-owner Dennis Archer Jr. says he's excited to offer an alternative spot downtown for business lunches and casual after work cocktails. "The environment that we're creating here is [one where] you can be here in jeans and a t-shirt or you can come after leaving the opera if you have a tux and your date has a dress on," he says.
Archer says he and partners Christopher Brochert and Ken Karam will focus on making Central successful first, though they do see more opportunities for development in Detroit. "I think that you'll see all of our time over the next six months will be perfecting what is here, getting feedback from our consumers, finding out what people like and don't like about the menu," he adds. "Then once we've perfected that leading into the holidays we'll look into what we want to launch in 2016."
Central Kitchen + Bar opens 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Expect brunch in the near future.