This fall Detroiters will have a new dining option in Cass Corridor. Smith & Co., a new restaurant and bar heading to 644 Selden St., is slated to open this in September, followed by small scale brewing operation called Nain Rouge Brewery to open in a few more months.
Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak Brewing Company co-founder Jon Carlson and partners Greg Lobdell and Chet Czaplicka are behind the project. The brewery and restaurant were previously announced in 2017 as part of $20 million development called the Selden Corridor Initiative. At the time, Smith & Co. was characterized as an “Up North”-inspired restaurant called North Cookshop. A representative for the restaurant says that the owners decided to abandon the name as the project evolved over the last two years.
The 7,000-square-foot Smith & Co. is located inside the Smith Welding Supply & Equipment Company building, per a release. Volume One Design Studio is the architect for the 160-seat restaurant, which will feature a 19-seat concrete bar. Smith & Co. will also feature a patio seating area in the courtyard shared with a forthcoming outpost of arcade bar chain Barcade.
Chef Greg Antioho, formerly of Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery in Ann Arbor, and general manager Dave Mammal are taking the lead at Smith & Co. The restaurant is expected to open for dinner and for lunch and brunch on weekends. A rep for the restaurant tells Eater the menu will feature items like soy smoked chicken, corned beef sandwiches with housemade sauerkraut, lamb shoulder chapati, and empanadas.
At the bar, customers can look forward to beers from Nain Rouge Brewery when it eventually opens and alternative local beers in meantime. The drink menu will also include a “hidden draft list” with “hard to find selections from other local, small Michigan brewers,” according to the release. Nain Rouge Brewery, which is located in a separate building across from Smith & Co., will house a brewers training program developed by North Peak in partnership with Eastern Michigan University.
When it opens, Smith & Co. will join several other newcomers to the neighborhood including upscale diner Savant. Ohio-based chain Condado Tacos is moving into the Detroit Creamery Building next door to Smith & Co. this fall.
Update: The address for Smith & Co. has been updated based off a typo in the initial press release.