Restaurant Development & Design

MAY-JUN 2017

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M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 7 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • 3 1 Otus Supply Owner Thom Bloom paid homage to a type of owl native to Ferndale when naming the 10,000-square-foot Otus Supply, which is located in the same Detroit suburb. Otus Supply's expansive space includes two bars, multiple din- ing areas, a live music venue and a large open kitchen. Dubbed The Hollow, the 200-seat main restaurant area with a 700-square-foot patio is reminiscent of an owl refuge with a circular entrance "cut" out of a tree-like wooden wall. In the Owl Wing Room, a 50-foot graffiti mural pairs with 15-foot glass doors that rise and open to the patio. Famed local artists were tapped for grand paintings, custom woodwork, and a marble- and copper-topped bar, while the furniture is an eclectic mix of pieces handpicked from local vintage outlets and during Bloom's pilgrimages to places like France. Music venue The Parliament Room also features a 50-foot bar and chef's counter. Photography by Michelle and Chris Gerard Rock City Eatery After closing their original location in neighboring Hamtramck, husband-and-wife team Chef Nikita Sanches and Jessica Imbronone Sanches reopened Rock City Eatery in Midtown. Set in a former Packard car showroom, the Sancheses kept many of the 3,600-square-foot space's existing industrial elements — like the exposed brick and original ceiling rafters — while expanding what used to be a walk-up counter into an 8-seat custom-built bar made from re- claimed wood and welded steel by local artist Dave Hudson of HUDSON INDUSTRIAL. In the 87-seat open dining room, the industrial style dominates with blacks, grays, polished plywood and concrete. It is balanced by pops of signature orange, live plants and candle lighting. Local artwork is featured throughout the space along with vintage rock-and-roll images printed on large-scale canvas by local photographer S. Kay Young. The musical theme continues in the bathroom, where walls are hand papered with original Detroit concert posters from the 1970s and 1980s. In the semi-open kitchen, offerings include pizzas as well as brunch service on a constantly changing menu. Photos courtesy of Rock City Eatery Parq Owners Zaid Elia and Matthew Shiffman teamed up with Detroit-based Neumann/Smith Architecture and prolific Chicago-based restaurant designer Mark Knauer of Knauer Incorporated to create a contem- porary and vibrant atmosphere. The 2,600-square- foot restaurant offers a bright and airy space flooded with natural light via a custom-designed 10-foot glass wall system that provides views of — and, on warmer days, opens up to — Campus Martius Park, the Woodward Fountain and downtown Detroit. Near the entrance, a 30-foot bar with a tiered liquor display attracts patrons during all dayparts. The 140-seat dining room is a mirror of itself on either side of the entryway with modular banquettes and large round booths that accommodate parties of all sizes. There is also a private dining room for 16. Jewel tones, with an emphasis on Tiffany's signature blue and silver, pair with reclaimed oak flooring, quartzite countertops, exotic wood tabletops and luxurious Italian leather bar seats for a comfortable yet elegant look. The integrated lighting system has more than 20 different event settings and is a mix of LED recessed cans, custom copper marquee panels and Edison bulbs. The super-efficient 400-square- foot kitchen uses a custom-designed cooking suite complete with an Argentine-style live fire grill where cooks prepare menu items like wood-grilled baby back ribs, homemade pasta dishes and seafood. Outside, designers extended the park into the restaurant using a green leaf-and-grass motif that blends into the surroundings. Photos courtesy of Parq

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