It’s rather rare that a restaurant actually opens ahead of schedule but that’s exactly what’s happening with Lumen, downtown Detroit’s new Belgian-style beer hall and brasserie. The restaurant is now set to open its doors on Tuesday, March 27, a representative for the restaurant confirms to Eater.
Lumen is located at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Cass Avenue where it anchors Beacon Park. The restaurant was a collaboration between park developer DTE Energy and the LePage family, which owns several restaurants in metro Detroit including Big Rock Chophouse, Griffin Claw Brewing Company, and Clubhouse BFD. .
DTE energy worked with Boston-based firm Touloukian Touloukian to develop the Lumen as a LEED-certified building, making it perhaps one of the greenest restaurants in Detroit. The LePage family then brought in design firm Saroki Architecture to finish the space.
The restaurant sports 125-seats inside surrounded by retractable windows, allowing the dining room to convert to an indoor-outdoor space in warm weather. The restaurant also has the ability to more than double its capacity thanks to ample outdoor seating — including a rooftop patio overlooking the park.
The LePages are aiming for a more casual dining experience with Lumen. Big Rock Chophouse chef Gabby Milton was brought in to help develop the menu, which includes everything from assorted cheese and charcuterie to sliced sausage and pretzels to a schnitzel-style Michigan pork chop. From the bar, customers can expect 12 taps pouring a selection of Michigan-brewed beers including ones from Griffin Claw alongside Delirium Tremens from Belgium.
Lumen will start by serving dinner tonight. The LePages plan to introduce lunch and brunch service later this year.
Lumen will open for regular hours this afternoon at 1903 Grand River; open from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.