Townhouse Detroit, a six-year-old downtown restaurant, serves dinner Thursday for first time in 10 months.
A soft opening after menu changes and a dramatic redesign, starts with seating in just part of its Ally Detroit Center space on lower Woodward. "There’s still a portion (atrium) of the space that remains under construction," a media advisory says Wednesday. "The full grand opening is expected to happen this fall (hoping for early October as of now, but could be a moving target.)"
In addition to a sunnier decor, which we previewed early last month, changes include what's hyped as an "elevated dinner menu," a separate dessert and coffee bar and a revamped wine list with 21 by-the-glass selections ($14-$22) and dozens of bottles from $48 to $600 (Krug Brut champagne).
Rebecca Stanley, a Metro Detroit native, joins Townhouse's kitchen team as pastry sous chef after working at three restaurants elsewhere. Her five creations ($16-$21) include a Chocolate Whiskey Torte and the Instagram-tailored pair (above) that look like oversize Michigan cherries.
The 18-item dinner appetizer and entree menu has black bass, a dry-aged burger, A5 Japanese Wagyu beef, tuna conserva and king salmon tartare. (Some items are shown below.)
Plan a visit:
Location: 500 Woodward Ave. at West Congress Street
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m. | Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-midnight
Reserve: Via RESY
Food gallery by Catherine Schneider,
creative assistant at Heirloom Hospitality group