James Beard award winning chef and restaurateur Michael Schlow is set to open his first Michigan restaurant this week in Birmingham. The Japanese-influenced spot called Adachi is scheduled to open to the public on Saturday, August 18 at 325 S. Old Woodward Ave. inside the historic Ford-Peabody Mansion, per a release.
Schlow was named Best Chef: Northeast in 1999 while working at Radius in Boston and has since gone on to open numerous restaurants in Boston, Connecticut, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. In Birmingham, he’s teamed with real estate developers Ken Koza and Clint Mansour. The group has also tapped chef Lloyd Roberts to lead the kitchen. Roberts trained at the Art Institute of New York and went on to work at chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Southeast Asian restaurant Vong in New York as well as at several of chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s New York-based and international Nobu restaurants. Roberts will be working side-by-side with general manager David Kraus.
Adachi’s menu is still being finalized but the restaurant is expected to offer lots of options for raw fish including sushi rolls and, nigiri, sashimi, and Hawaiian poke. Diners can also expect to see rice and noodle dishes. The bar will specialize in sake and Japanese whiskey, in addition to cocktails, beer, and wine.
The 65-seat restaurant gets its name from the Adachi Museum of Art in Japan. It was designed by Molly Allen of Washington, D.C. and will feature an outdoor dining space set inside a Japanese garden. The restaurant is expected to open officially on Saturday, with previews beginning on Thursday, August 16. The restaurant will open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. to begin and will add lunch and brunch service after it settles in.