After five years of business, Ferndale destination restaurant and events hotspot Local Kitchen and Bar host its last service on Sunday. Brian Stiegel, a partner in the New American restaurant, confirmed the closure to followers on Facebook Sunday afternoon, writing:
It is with a measure of sadness and an abundance of gratefulness that I am reporting in this Facebook post that Local Kitchen and Bar completed its last meal service at 2 p.m. today October 1, 2017.
Local began as a discussion with my good friend Rick Halberg that blossomed into a restaurant that deeply cared about providing really good food and service.
While there were ups and downs, I am so thankful for all of the friendships that we built along the way.
I want to express particular gratitude to Geoff Kretchmer and our partners and staff whose dedication to Local was unwavering. Most importantly, I want to thank our patrons who supported us so consistently over the last 5 years.
Thanks, thanks and thanks again!
Over the years, Local Kitchen and Bar was a stage for many up-and-coming metro Detroit chefs. It was also a popular spot for wedding rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and other special events. Eater has reached out for comment. Stay tuned for updates.
Update, October 2, 12:05 p.m.: Crain’s reports that Local’s owners are opening a new, neighborhood establishment.