A Florida-based restaurant chain is bringing car-themed decor and burgers to Dearborn. According to Crain’s, Ford’s Garage is in the process of constructing an enormous 13,000-square-foot, 200-seat restaurant featuring 1920s service station decor and old timey Ford vehicles to the home of the Ford Motor Company next year. BD’s Mongolian Grill co-founder and Detroiter Billy Downs is behind the Michigan Avenue expansion.
Unsurprisingly the chain is in cahoots with the Ford Motor Company. In 2014, the company began paying the car manufacturer licensing fees to use its name and brand imagery after it was denied a brand trademark.
The menu at Ford’s Garage offers signature and build-your-own “Assembly Line” burgers, as well as sliders, mac and cheese, and malted or adult milkshakes. The restaurants also offer an extensive beer list with drafts, American craft beers, and international brews. Diners can also challenge themselves to a coronary heart attack with a 10-pound “Hub Cap” burger for $125 — or free if a single person finishes it in under 2 hours (unlikely).
In addition to the dining room, Ford’s Garage in Dearborn is expected to include a banquet room and cafe. The restaurant is slated to debut in spring 2017.
Of course, filling station restaurants are practically old hat here in metro Detroit. Vinsetta Garage has been doing burgers and boozy milkshakes on Woodward Avenue for years alongside Red Crown in Grosse Pointe Park, which is located inside an old Standard Oil outpost.
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