Clawson-based barbecue slinger Woodpile BBQ Shack is poised for a Detroit expansion. The Platform, a real estate development group that counts the Kahn Building and the Fisher Building among its properties, has leased space to Woodpile in the forthcoming Baltimore Station project at 6402 Woodward Ave.
With rustic design details like reclaimed barn wood, metal, and brick work “the interior will be very similar to the inside of Clawson,” partner Scott Moloney says of the New Center location. However, unlike its suburbs counterpart, the 2,000-square-foot Detroit restaurant will have indoor seating for around 70 diners.
“About 80 percent” of the menu will be identical to the Clawson restaurant, Moloney says, though a few new additions are in the works thanks to a larger kitchen and dine-in seating. Overall, diners can expect pit master Steve “Bubba” Coddington’s signature Texas-style barbecue including smoked brisket and ribs, alongside macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, and Treat Dreams ice cream. The restaurant will also feature a full bar. Menu items will be available for quick-service or dine-in.
Woodpile launched in December 2015 in a former A&W stand. The owners including Treat Dreams and Atomic Chicken founder Scott Moloney, Zac and father Tim Idzikowski, and Brandon Hannish, anticipate the new location launching in early 2018.
With the impending launch of the Q-Line, developers are kicking into high gear in New Center and its surrounding neighborhoods. Bucharest Grill launched a satellite location in the area in 2015, and more eateries are expected to follow including Wilda’s (from the founders of Rose’s Fine Foods), a Japanese izakaya and sake bar Miwaki, and an as-of-yet unnamed whiskey bar. Fellow Clawson restaurant, Atomic Chicken, is also several weeks out from a debut.
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