The Grille Midtown shuttered on Sunday evening with promises to reopen next week. However, the Motor City-themed eatery that opened just two years ago is turning over a new leaf with a completely new name, look, and menu says consultant Jason Frenkel (Rubbed, Alley Taco, The Keep). Rechristened The Block, the 80-seat eatery will focus on affordable food geared more towards the students and young professionals living in the neighborhood. "It's basically a completely new business and a new environment," Frenkel adds.
Two unnamed chefs will be taking over the kitchen — a local from the neighborhood and a Culinary Institute of America graduate from out of town. Diners can expect late night hours and a menu with appetizers, salads and a big focus on grilled, fried, and boneless wings. The chicken will come with a wide selection of house-made sauces including Mediterranean-style, honey barbecue, sweet chili, watermelon barbecue, bacon bourbon, and more. Vegetarians will also have a choice of chicken nuggets. Dishes will range between $6 and $13.
Currently, The Block is undergoing aesthetic updates. Car themed-art and gray walls are being traded for more color and murals. In addition to food and drink, the restaurant will offer weekly events like music and karaoke. According to Frenkel, the group that owns The Block, also controls the parking garage located on Alexandrine next to Great Lakes Coffee and plans to offer parking validation for diners. The Block hosts its grand opening on September 14. The restaurant is holding walk-in interviews tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m. Stay tuned.