After several days of private previews, fancy French-influenced diner and bar Savant is scheduled to make its debut in Cass Corridor this weekend. The restaurant announced on social media that it will open to the public for dinner at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 20.
Bartender Rebecca Wurster and chef Jordan Whitmore are partners in the restaurant, which took over the former Bolero Latin Cuisine space at 51 West Forest Ave. this summer. The pair met at the Apparatus Room and its high-end, tasting menu sister spot Chef’s Table at the Detroit Foundation Hotel.
From the menu, expect a mix of French and classic American dishes such as creme brulee with candied mint, croissant biscuits and gravy, vegan fruit carpaccio, gold leaf-flecked caviar with champagne, and foie gras eclairs with cognac, orange blossom, lavender. Wurster plans to use molecular gastronomy to make cocktails such as the Canton of Fribourg — a “drinkable cheese plate” with gruyere-infused gin and a combination of digestives and aperitifs topped with a gruyere crisp.
The roughly 99-seat restaurant has undergone some aesthetic changes since its Bolero days and now features an open kitchen layout with black tile and copper heat lamps. The restaurant has also incorporate work from local artists on the walls. Savant also features a patio hung with string lights.
Savant will open this weekend followed by a grand opening on September 24.