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Inside Rusted Crow Detroit's Steampunk Renovation

Exposed brick, tarnished metal, and lots of wood

Rusted Crow Detroit, the full restaurant and bar concept associated with Dearborn Heights-based distillery Rusted Crow, debuted Thursday downtown in the former Mo Better Blues space. The project is an effort by Freddie Giordano, brother-in-law to distillery owner Joe Schebel and features a cocktail lineup that showcases the company's locally-produced spirits.

Along with making the liquor, Schebel was tapped to design the Kale's Building-based restaurant and his steampunk aesthetics are featured heavily across the 150-seat eatery. Rusted Crow Detroit looks exactly as its name implies — rusted — with tarnished metal throughout including a weathered gas tank at the hostess table. Rustic wood is also a major theme here, from the massive ceiling beams to distressed oak barrels. The restaurant also features several murals throughout that allude to the boozy origins of the restaurant such as a crow-headed Spirit of Detroit balancing bottles in the palms of its hands.

Photographers Michelle and Chris Gerard visited the restaurant for a first-hand look at the renovations. Take a peek in the gallery below.




A reclaimed wood wall with a black and white painting of a man holding a trunk that says Detroit Steam Vodka. Michelle and Chris Gerard












Rusted Crow Detroit

78 West Adams Avenue, , MI 48226 (313) 782-4751 Visit Website
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