Rock City Eatery aims to grow up in Midtown

Sep 07

2:35 PM

By Chris Hughes

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By: Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press


Like an angsty teenager’s bedroom, the first sign of rebellion at Rock City Eatery is on the walls. Or, rather, it’s the walls themselves.

One might expect the distressed brick, exposed ductwork and lighting fixtures that epitomize restaurant interiors aiming for a certain postindustrial aesthetic.

But plywood? That’s, well… different.

“It’s one of the cheaper materials you can get,” explains Rock City Eatery chef-owner Nikita Sanches about the plywood that lined the walls of his popular Hamtramck restaurant, which served its final meal at the end of August. “We had very limited resources to build out that space.”

And though the resources aren’t as limited these days, the plywood will carry over to Detroit, as the irreverent restaurant known for its inventive takes on global comfort food will reopen Thursday in a larger, more prominent space on Woodward in Midtown with almost double the seats and a far more ambitious menu.

Read more about Rock City Eatery HERE.