Polished neighborhood small plates spot and cocktail bar the Conserva is saying its goodbyes to Ferndale this month. The two-year-old restaurant helmed by chef Matt Baldridge and bar manager Jarrod Kassis announced on Facebook on Wednesday that the spot will serve its final meal on Saturday, December 22. The restaurant team cited family reasons as the cause of the closure.
“We’re proud of every plate we’ve sent out, every wine we’ve opened and every cocktail we’ve shaken. Our goal, like so many of our peers, is to raise the bar across Detroit’s dining and drinking landscape and that won’t change moving forward—it’s who we are,” the Conserva owners write. “However, due to extenuating circumstances in our families, it won’t be reasonable for us to continue running Conserva to its full potential.”
The restaurant left open the door for a possible return in the future, writing: “Our goal is to come back stronger when the time is right. Until then, we can’t thank you enough for your support.”
Baldrige and Kassis debuted the Conserva in December 2016 after numerous delays. The chef originally intended to open on the west side of downtown Ferndale’s Nine Mile strip, but eventually relocated the project to the former Torino space at 201 E 9 Mile Rd. Due to the size of the kitchen, Baldridge kept the menu brief and frequently rotated out offerings.
The restaurant plans to host a party on its final night of service.