The latest from James Beard Award winner and ex-Zingerman’s Roadhouse chef/owner Alex Young is here, as the Standard Bistro & Larder opens its doors today (April 11) in Ann Arbor.
The Metro Times reported the opening today, and Eater Detroit contributor John Reyes has confirmed it: it’s a promising new French spot, located on a six acre plot on Jackson Road that was formerly Creekside Grill. The Standard will lean into French classics (see the dinner menu below): think French onion soup, pot-au-feu, a classic steak tartare, moules-frites (mussels with fries, and OK, that one is more Belgian), and crêpes Suzette on the desserts. But it’s not strictly French classicism, with the menu touching on Italian and Vietnamese dishes or flavors in some parts.
And diners should expect offerings to be predominantly made from scratch on-site: there’s a full butcher operation on the premises doing dry aging and more, and Young told MLive that he most certainly would not be purchasing mayonnaise for the restaurant. Per the Metro Times, bread and pastries will also be made in-house.
The space itself is sizeable: seating 118 diners (with space for 40 more on an outside deck), it takes a French art déco design approach out of the 1930s, with black and white tiling complemented by brighter green banquettes.
The bistro will do lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, but it’s not the only notable part of the business: the Standard’s Larder will retail some of the restaurant’s ingredients, and will feature that previously-mentioned butcher.
STATUS — The Standard Bistro & Larder is open at 5827 Jackson Road in Ann Arbor. Lunch runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. every day (until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday), and brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends.