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A patio with an indoor-outdoor bar and varied sofa and table seating looks out onto Woodward and Comerica Park
A patio with an indoor-outdoor bar looks out onto Woodward and Comerica Park
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Peek Inside Union Assembly, the Massive Restaurant Coming to the District Detroit

Comfort food and stellar views of Comerica Park are on the menu

Union Joints, the restaurant group behind suburban hotspots Vinsetta Garage, Clarkston Union, Gran Castor, and others is opening a new restaurant, Union Assembly, at Woodward and Columbia in Detroit this fall.

The two-story 14,800-square-foot restaurant has room for up to 500 guests, including seating on a mezzanine and two large patios. There’s also a private dining room.

The restaurant, which anchors the Little Caesars corporate extension, has elevated views of Woodward and Comerica Park from the indoor-outdoor bar, and profiles of the Fox Theatre and Fillmore Detroit. It’s Union Joints’ first new construction restaurant.

Photographer Michelle Gerard recently had a sneak peek at the restaurant interior.

Three banquet booths on the mezzanine
Chairs at a bar and table seating. Radio speakers hang over the dining room
The first-floor dining room
Two leather dining booths with a backdrop of art pieces within cubbies in the wall.
There’s seating at the bar, both on the second-floor patio and inside the dining room
Gerard + Belevender
An aerial view from the mezzanine of two sofas, and a few eclectic chairs surrounding two wooden coffee tables on the first floor
Three art pieces and a mirror on the wall of the dining room

The restaurant was designed by co-owner Ann Stevenson, known for revamping commercial projects from old Hooters restaurants to former radio station transmitter buildings.

The walls throughout the restaurant are decorated with vintage wallpaper, including in the unisex bathroom on the second floor.

Muhammad Ali wallpaper in the bathroom
An Andy Warhol production of Muhammad Ali is on the bathroom wallpaper

A DJ can enter a red-and-white striped booth from the mezzanine.

A round DJ booth off the mezzanine hangs over the first-floor dining room
A DJ booth off the mezzanine hangs over the first-floor dining room
The private dining room has a long table that takes up most of the room with additional chair seating against the walls. The side of the Fox Theatre and a patio can be seen at the end of the dining room
The private dining room, which opens to a patio, has views of the Fox Theatre.

The menu will include game-day classics, including Detroit-style pizza, “grown-up hot pockets,” macaroni and cheese, hot perch, an extensive lineup of salads, and other items that draw on the national and international experiences of the executive chefs.

The opening date is contingent on hiring, but the team has a target date of early fall.

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