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DTE's New Park Will Feature Year-Round Restaurant, Food Trucks

The restaurant will seat 75 diners and feature green roof

DTE Energy Park restaurant rendering Courtesy of DTE Energy
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

After several years of planning, DTE Energy finally broke ground today on its proposed park located in downtown Detroit across the street from the G.A.R. Building. The 1.5-acre public green space bounded by Grand River Avenue, Plaza Drive, and 1st Street has been heralded as a second Campus Martius, with space for public gatherings, outdoor entertainment, and more.

According to a release the development will feature an as-of-yet unnamed "year-round restaurant" with moveable walls for warm weather dining as well as a much needed new space for food trucks. Here’s some more detail on what to expect from the restaurant building:

  • A free-flowing, contemporary design for the bar and eating areas that can hold up to 75 guests
  • A 735 square-foot roof deck for a panoramic view of the city, able to hold nearly 50 people
  • A sustainable, green roof space that is designed to conserve and collect runoff water to repurpose it for other trees, grass and plants
  • A theatrical, upward cantilever roof that extends over the sidewalk for unique flair and to pay homage to Detroit’s historic structures
  • Two restrooms

During the groundbreaking today, representatives for DTE revealed new renderings for the park. The venue is expected to debut sometime in 2017. Take a peek at the images below:

DTE Energy Park restaurant rendering Courtesy of DTE Energy
A wide shot of the park, now under construction near the G.A.R. Castle.
Courtesy of DTE
Courtesy of DTE

DTE Energy Park

1961 1st St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA