Restaurant Development & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

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M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 8 • 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 • 5 3 DETROIT'S NEW GRAND DAME The Apparatus Room at The Foundation Hotel PROJECT PROFILE By Dana Tanyeri E very great American city deserves an iconic hotel and restaurant, and that's just what Aparium Hotel Group set out to give Detroit with The Foundation Hotel and Apparatus Room. Working with developer Walter Cohen, McIntosh Poris Associates, Simeone Deary Design Group, two-Michelin-star Chef Thomas Lents and a whole host of local artisans and craftspeople, Aparium transformed the historic Detroit Fire Department headquarters into a red-hot hospital- ity destination that's helping fuel the Motor City's economic, cultural and culinary renaissance. It's all part of Aparium's two-tier de- velopment strategy: Target the best sec- ondary, underserved markets or locations and create locally relevant boutique hotel properties anchored by top-notch, chef- driven restaurants. In addition to Detroit, the company has taken that strategy to Milwaukee with The Iron Horse Hotel and Smyth; Minneapolis with Hewing Hotel and Tullibee; Covington, Ky., with Hotel Covington and Coppin's Restaurant & Bar; and other cities large and small. "Wherever we go, we plant our flag. We want our properties to be there for a long time and have the staying power of restaurants like Gramercy Tavern, Gotham Bar & Grill and Zuni Café and hotels like The Pfister and The Peabody," says Michael Kitchen, vice president of acqui- sitions and development at Chicago-based Aparium. "Detroit was one of the first projects that came to us, but it was also among the most challenging." Opened in May 2017, The Foundation Hotel and Apparatus Room was a nearly three-year design and construction proj- ect, but efforts to secure the space go back to 2010. At the time, Kitchen, who grew up and went to college in Michigan, was convinced that despite its Rust Belt decline and financial troubles, Detroit was ripe for a "Brooklyn-esque" moment. When the city ran an RFP on its vacant Fire Department Headquarters building, he convinced Aparium's partners that it was exactly the right opportunity for the company. "I fully believed that Detroit would come back and be great, and they Project Team Owner: Aparium Hotel Group Architect: McIntosh Poris Associates Interior design/graphic design: Simeone Deary Design Industrial design/lighting fabrication: Alex Porbe, Incite Design Laser cutting/engineering: Lauri Mendenhall, Prototype Design, Inc. Custom furnishings: Urban Ashes Registration screen/art wall: Lisa Spin- dler, Smoke Study Artwork Glassblowing: Matt Cattanach, MatCat Art Artists/art consultants: Kim Harty (Col- lege of Creative Studies), Matt Eaton (Red Bull House of Art) Salvage: Chris Rutherford, ASWD Salvage Warehouse Millwork: Matt Gaglio Wallpaper: Josh Young, Detroit Wallpaper Company Signage: Urban Ashes, Detroit Laser Company General contractor: Sachse Construction and Development Co., LLC

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