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Bedrock Installs Outdoor Heated Seating Areas for Restaurants to Help Entice Visitors Back Downtown

The developer is offering free parking at select garages around the district

A rendering of a pergola outside of Eatori Market.
A rendering of a pergola outside of Eatori Market.
Bedrock [Courtesy image]
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.

Downtown Detroit real estate firm Bedrock is rolling out a set of outdoor dining spaces to help encourage people to get back into the central district this winter. The developer announced on Thursday, December 10, plans to construct multiple heated open-air pergolas, compliant with statewide COVID-19 outdoor dining regulations and Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

The project is part of an four-month-long initiative by Quicken Loans chairman Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock and Rocket Community Fund called Decked Out Detroit to create “safe shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences,” per a release. The companies worked with the City of Detroit’s health department to ensure that the setups were as safe as possible for outdoor eating and conformed to health recommendations.

Restaurants and bars, particularly those downtown that relied heavily on traffic from office workers that transitioned to working from home, have been hit hard during the COVID-19 crisis. And winter, traditionally a challenging time for businesses in Michigan, is even more difficult this year due to indoor dining restrictions designed to help limit the spread of new COVID-19 infections. While outdoor seating is permitted, there are limitations to how those structures can be assembled to conform to state regulations and constructing them can be prohibitively expensive — especially if people are not comfortable dining outside in cold weather.

Customers who dine at restaurants at Bedrock properties including Avalon Bakery, Besa, Buddy’s Pizza Downtown, Calexico, Cannelle by Matt Knio, Cornerstone Barrel House, Eatori Market, the Hudson Cafe, Maru Sushi, Mootz Pizzeria and Bar, and San Morello can also secure eight free hours of parking in Bedrock lots throughout downtown. The free parking offer begins on Monday, December 14, and pergolas are expected to debut on Friday, December 18. Customers are required to follow all state guidelines regarding mask-wearing and social distancing. Even more events and shopping activations are set to be announced soon.

Early on in the pandemic, Bedrock offered rent relief to its tenants and later provided them with the option of temporarily amending their leases to wave rent and fees for the month of June and instead wave base rent in favor of a 7 percent fee on gross sales for reopened businesses. Those programs are scheduled to expire on Thursday, December 31.

A map of participating restaurants. Bedrock [Courtesy image]

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Eatori Market

1215 Griswold Street, Detroit, MI

Cannelle by Matt Knio

45 West Grand River Avenue, , MI 48226 (313) 694-9767 Visit Website

Mootz Pizzeria and Bar

1230 Library Street, , MI 48226 (313) 243-1230 Visit Website

Avalon Bakery

422 W Willis Street, Detroit, MI 48201 313-832-0008


1040 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226 (503) 437-3385 Visit Website


600 Woodward Avenue, , MI 48226 (313) 315-3000 Visit Website

San Morello

1400 Woodward Avenue, , MI 48226 (313) 209-4700 Visit Website

The Hudson Cafe

1241 Woodward Avenue, , MI 48226 (313) 237-1000 Visit Website

Cornerstone Barrel House

1456 Woodward Avenue, , MI 48226 (313) 338-3238 Visit Website

Buddy's Pizza Downtown

1565 Broadway St., Detroit, MI Visit Website

Maru Sushi

160 W Fort St., Detroit, MI Visit Website