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Inside Brome Modern Eatery’s Plant-Filled Downtown Burger Bar

It features a juice bar hovering over Shelby Street

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.

Buckle up because more burgers are coming to downtown Detroit this weekend. The second location of Dearborn’s hit, fast-casual burger Brome Modern Eatery is preparing to open in the Financial District on Saturday, May 12. The restaurant is settling into a two-story space at 607 Shelby St.

Detroit’s 6,000-square-foot Brome outpost shares many similarities to its predecessor including a modern interior with high ceilings, wood tones, and lots of green accents, but the restaurant design also takes advantage of the unique character in the building. The ceilings and walls have been left relatively raw with exposed red terracotta, brick, and concrete. Floor-ceiling windows give the restaurant a bright feel with plenty of views of the surrounding neighborhood. Work by local artists hangs throughout the space and is available for purchase.

Patrons looking to quench their thirst with cold-pressed juice can also bypass the restaurant altogether at the entrance. Take a left up to the stairs flanked by a living wall of plants and a colorful mural by artist Kyle Danley (aka Wetiko) and head towards the pedestrian bridge. There, perched above Shelby Street, is Brome’s accompanying Balence juice bar. In addition to smoothies, juices, “shots,” and carbonated mocktails (akin to flavored seltzer), Balence Bar features impressive views of the riverfront and Windsor.

Brome’s owner Sam Abbas and chef Zane Makky are keeping the Detroit restaurant’s menu relatively similar to the Dearborn location with burgers served on brioche buns. Customers can go for a traditional beef patty or upgrade to an organic or Impossible Burger for a few dollars more. Diners can expect a variety of burger and sandwich options such as the Mex with cheddar jack cheese sauce, corn salsa, pickled jalapeños, avocado, chipotle mayo or the pub-style fried fish with haddock, coleslaw, tomato, and rémoulade. The restaurant also serves salads, fries, and tater tots.

A Mex burger with chili cheese fries, a signature salad, and a Scarlet Glow juice from Brome Modern Eatery and Balence Bar.

The grand opening party for Brome Modern Eatery kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and a “VIP hour” featuring Detroit Lions defensive Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to support Ansah’s foundation that helps create youth sports and educational opportunities. Eater’s photographers got a first look around the new location ahead of the opening. Take a peek inside in the gallery below.

The entrance to Brome in Detroit features a two-story living wall. The stairs lead to a pedestrian bridge that houses Balence Juice.

Brome has a fast-casual format where diners order at the counter and have their meals delivered to their table.
Michelle and Chris Gerard
Fruit slices in the water at Brome Modern Eatery.
The restaurant is filled with art work that’s also for sale.
The Signature salad at Brome features greens, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, apples, candied walnuts, blue cheese, and creamy balsamic vinaigrette.
Michelle and Chris Gerard
Chili cheese fries at Brome.
A Wetiko mural is painted in the stairwell between Brome and the second story Balence Bar.
Balence Bar, a juice bar attached to Brome Modern Eatery, spans Shelby Street between the 607 building and the State Savings Bank.
The Fountain of Youth green juice and beet-carrot flavored Scarlet Glow juice at Balence Bar alongside the Arabian Coffee House smoothie.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Brome Modern Eatery is located at 607 Shelby St. in Detroit; open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday; Balence Bar is located up the stairs at the same address on the pedestrian bridge and opens from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 313-403-1200.

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