It’s Happening in the “D”!

by Leslie Blair on October 12, 2017 in Group Travel, Incentive Travel

We began 2017 talking about Detroit as a Comeback City, and as we enter the last quarter of the year, we’re going to provide an update on how that growth is continuing to accelerate. It’s led, of course, by the opening of LCA–Little Caesars Arena–in The District Detroit, a new sporting and entertainment area that spans 50 blocks and connects Downtown Detroit to Midtown. LCA is home to the Detroit Red Wings as well as the Detroit Pistons, meaning all four of Detroit’s major sports teams are now located in one central location.

New hotels are also a part of the city’s boom. The Foundation Hotel opened in May in the city’s former historic Fire Department Headquarters. It features a rooftop ballroom along with a beautiful and inviting restaurant, The Apparatus Room, which is extremely popular despite its rather unappetizing sounding name! The Siren is due to open next month after a $23 million renovation of the Wurlitzer Building. It will include an eight-seat tasting counter run by Garrett Lipar, a James Beard semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year in 2016. Shinola is also getting into the hotel game with a 130-room hotel due to open next fall and Starwood is opening one of its new “eco-incubator” brand Element Hotels sometime in 2018.

Keeping up with the metro-Detroit restaurant scene is practically a full-time job. Lady of the House opened in Corktown late last month. Chef Kate Williams will focus on whole animal butchery, local sourcing, and using “ugly” food to minimize food waste. Katoi, also in Corktown, has re-opened as Takoi, following a devastating fire in February. Two days before the fire, it was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award Foundation’s Best New Restaurant award. Flowers of Vietnam, one of GQ’s Best New Restaurants in America this year is undergoing renovations, but will be re-opening soon. And finally, Wilda’s is set to open in the new center area later this fall. It’s a collaboration between Lucy Peters, of Rose’s Fine Food fame and Michigan natives and brothers Max & Eli Sussman. Plans include offering neighborhood food education programs.

And all of this is just the tip of the iceberg! If you haven’t made a visit to Detroit recently, we encourage you to do so. And be sure to come hungry!