Every once in a while a restaurant comes along that looks completely different from everything else around it. Otus Supply is one of those spots. From the cinderblock and brick exterior, the restaurant, bar, and music venue might be overlooked traveling down East Nine Mile. But inside, the design of this Ferndale newcomer leaves an impression.
More than three years in the making, Otus’ owners Thom Bloom and Scott Myrick spent an estimated $4 million developing the whimsical look. Numerous craftspeople and artists were enlisted to express themselves on the walls at Otus resulting in a varied but cohesive look. Different highly-styled wallpapers are interspersed alongside intricately carved wood walls and original murals. Otus, which refers to the owl genus, features many allusions to the birds throughout the space whether embedded into paintings or in the distinctive curved passageways.
Otus features two full bars — one for the restaurant, and one dedicated to the music venue — and a variety of different seating arrangements from banquettes and booths, to tall tables and traditional four tops.
On the menu, find a selection of Great Lakes influenced fare from chef Myles McVay including five types of pizza and sharable plates. The housemade bread is a good place to start, served with butter or on the side of dry aged beef tartare. Diners can also expect dishes like the hearty rigatoni alla norcina (wild boar and mushroom pasta), oysters on the half shell, and sweetbread nuggets. For drinks, beverage director Ian Redmond (formerly La Dulce, Torino) has assembled wide list of cocktails (look out for the single-barrel Buffalo Trace Bourbon), wines, and beers.
Photographers Michelle and Chris Gerard took a tour the massive space on a recent weeknight in late-December. Take a look around the restaurant in the gallery below.
Otus Supply is located at 345 E. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale; open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
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