Central Kitchen + Bar opened on August 10, 2015, and since then our incredible team continues to welcome a diverse clientele to experience an amazing, approachable menu, created by our classically-french trained executive chef, Christina Stanco. Chef puts her spin on recognizable bar food and works with her “back of the house” team to create new approaches to the classics, upgrading them with inventive taste combinations, using local and seasonal ingredients. Our beverage program features recognizable classic and house original cocktails and a very smart, spirit, wine and beer list. Our decor draws inspiration from Detroit’s early 1900’s architecture while infusing contemporary elements to provide an aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and functional space. In addition to what you come to eat and drink, you will find that our staff sets us part from our peers and will leave you wanting to come soon. We will see you then.
Central’s founders took their time identifying the founding team, many of them still with us today, the location and our design partners. When it came time to land on a name, the founders wanted to ensure it represented accurate, relevant history while being timeless for what they hoped was a long run ahead. The restaurant space was most recently a bank, and sits on the first floor of the First National Building, built in the 1920s on the former site of the original Hotel Pontchartrain. Directly across the street, on what is now Cadillac Square Park, sat the Detroit Central Farmer’s market. The market was constructed in the mid to late 1800s. We embraced the market’s geographical relevance as well as the spirit of entrepreneurship it represented. Having settled on “Central”, we landed on “Kitchen + Bar”, moved by its directness, simplicity and ease of interpretation. While Detroit’s Central Business District has arguably retained its status as the economic heart of the city, with Central Kitchen + Bar, we aim to reinvigorate the city’s core, thereby restoring the area’s status as the social heart of Detroit. In short, Central Kitchen + Bar embodies the same “exuberance and optimism” about the city’s future as the construction of the Detroit Central Farmer’s Market in the mid-1800s
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