The team behind Birmingham’s less than two-month-old Japanese-influenced eatery Adachi is already planning its second act in metro Detroit. James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow and local developers Kenny Koza and Clint Mansour are opening a “pan-Asian” restaurant called Zao Jun in Bloomfield, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Schlow revealed the project in an interview with Free Press critic Mark Kurlyandchik ahead of his upcoming pop-up at Frame in Hazel Park, stating that the restaurant is taking over the defunct Bagger Dave’s address at 6608 Telegraph Rd. in Bloomfield. It’s slated to open in early 2019. The restaurant gets its name from the Chinese Kitchen God and will serve a menu drawing on influences from a variety of Asian and American cuisines. Diners can expect lazy susan-style pu pu platters popularized in American-Chinese and tiki restaurants as well as items like hot and sour soup. Eater has reached out to Schlow for more details on the restaurant.
Schlow is a well-known restaurateur whose projects have mostly been located in Washington D.C., Boston, and Virginia. He became connected with metro Detroit developers Mansour and Koza two years ago through a mutual friend and with their help appears to be growing rapidly in Michigan. Stay tuned for more updates on the project.
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