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Here’s a Peek Inside Eatóri Market in Downtown Detroit

The bar and grocery store is aiming for an August debut

Eatori Market in downtown Detroit.
Brenna Houck
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.

It’s taken a few months but Eatóri Market is finally wrapping up construction at 1215 Griswold St. in Capitol Park in anticipation of an opening later this month. The specialty grocery and bar located on the ground floor of the Malcomson Building next door to The Ten Nail Bar aims to offer downtown residents a one stop shop for daily food necessities including fresh produce, dry goods, and prepared foods.

The narrow 2,500-square-foot space designed by Kyle Evans will feature a squared off 15-seat bar at the entrance with several two-top tables overlooking the park. A set of wooden built-ins with mirrors and black metal railings line the wall opposite from the bar with additional standing room for customers. The metal railings were salvaged from the building during construction — remnants of the original La Lanterna restaurant that occupied the Malcomson (the Italian restaurant was recently revived across the street). Co-owner Zak Yatim tells Eater hopes to add a patio next year extending into the park.

Eatóri’s bar will offer four beers on draft alongside several wine taps with additional beers available by the bottle. During lunch through roughly 10 p.m. the bar will also serve a small selection of full-sized entrees.

The bar area at Eatóri Market in downtown Detroit is nearing completion.
Brenna Houck

While Yatim is still finalizing the menu, he says customers can expect to see dishes like steak with Thai dipping sauce, pan roasted chicken with umami hot sauce, and a variety of seafood dishes ranging from oysters to salmon. Eatóri is also employing an additional chef with experience making sushi, meaning the restaurant may serve three to four sushi rolls on its menu regularly with grab-and-go sushi available in the market.

The larger market and kitchen space is located towards the back of the building and separated from the bar by a metal gate that will be open during most business hours. “This area is so heavily populated with residents, I'm just trying to give them something where they can just run down and grab it instead of having to run to Whole Foods,” Yatim says.

To the left, customers can expect a selection of fresh produce from primarily local farms as well as charcuterie and cheeses. The center of the market will be lined with shelves packed with dry goods and cans. A checkout counter with a modest drip coffee bar and pastries will be located to the right as patrons enter the market next to additional refrigerators for dairy products and beer, plus shelves for wine. The store also has invested in a rotisserie which will roast up to 15 chickens daily.

A view of the market area from the back of the building.
Brenna Houck

In addition to the standard pantry items, Eatóri is going to have a counter stocked daily with prepared foods sold by the pound such as stuffed peppers, lasagna, and meatballs as well as paninis that can be grilled to order and a chopped salad bar.

Eatóri Market is expected to debut in mid-to-late August. Stay tuned for more updates closer to the opening.

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