Four downtown Detroit restaurants were introduced Wednesday afternoon during a tasting event hosted by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services, owner of the restaurants’ buildings.
Freshii, a Toronto-based soup and salad restaurant, is set to open in September at 1001 Woodward, the former First Federal Building. Another Detroit Freshii location is open at 679 W. Kirby St. on the campus of Wayne State University.
Co-owner Randy Dickow owns Lunchtime Global, located in the First National Building.
Dickow said since opening Lunchtime Global in 2008, he noticed there aren’t many healthy food options in Detroit.
“I visited Chicago and there are Freshii sites everywhere. So I decided to open one up here,” Dickow said. The franchise is most prominent in downtown Chicago and Toronto, he said, and “seems to do well in financial districts like this.”
7 Greens Salad Co., as reported last month, will open in August on the first floor of The Z parking garage. It is a farm-to-fork restaurant owned by longtime Detroit chef and caterer Kelly Schaefer-Janssen. It will offer make-your-own salads with homemade sauces, soups, granola and sweets.
Schaefer-Janssen said one of her friends who works as an attorney for Compuware convinced her to open a 7 Greens in Detroit.
Wright & Co., as reported this week, will open this summer on the second floor of the Wright Kay building at 1500 Woodward Ave. Marc Djozlija, former executive chef at Wolfgang Puck Steak and Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina at MGM Grand Detroit, and Sugar House owner Dave Kwiatkowski are owners of the contemporary American small plates restaurant, which will feature craft cocktails and wines.
Djozlija said they don’t want anything on the menu to cost more than $18. “Came up with a concept to be the kind of place you’d seek out if you went to another city. So, great cocktails, great food and service, hospitality — and everything will be upscale small plates.”
Djozlija said all Wright & Co. desserts are served in a jar “so if you don’t have enough room to have dessert, for $1, you can put a lid on it and take it with you.”
Mike’s Kabob Grille opened in May in the Chrysler House, 719 Griswold St.
The family-run Lebanese restaurant offers traditional Middle Eastern cuisine. Owner, Mike Abdallah said the restaurant has a 70 person capacity but also provides outdoor grilling services for special events like graduations.
Abdallah has locations in Sterling Heights and Livonia.