Detroit may soon have its very own trendy food hall. MLive reports a new company, Detroit ShipYard, is planning to construct a shipping container restaurant hub and beer garden in Midtown with retail and art gallery space. The group is expected to close on one of three properties in the neighborhood within the next two weeks.
The 10,000-square-foot food hall will feature five mini-restaurants with a two bars and seats for approximately 300 people. Once ShipYard closes on a location, the original mock-up will undergo a 60-day redesign before construction begins. Co-CEO Jonathan Hartzell tells MLive the buildout will take between six and eight months to complete.
Hartzell reveals that his team has already begun reaching out to area restaurants that might be interested in opening a satellite location (
Warren's Victory Smokehouse features prominently in one of the renderings), but the company is also accepting pitches for concepts that offer good food, variety, simple menus, and mid-range affordable food (between $8 and $14) with a local following.
Detroit ShipYard isn’t the only startup using shipping containers. Forthcoming Corktown sustainable seafood restaurant Social Sushi is expected to use a container in its design, while a residential builder in North Corktown is giving several condo "homesteads" the container treatment. Eater has reached out to ShipYard for more details on the project. Stay tuned for updates.
Watch a promo video for the project below:
Update, 08/12, 10:20 p.m.: Victory Smokehouse is merely a placeholder according to Detroit ShipYard.