Detroit-based design consultancy Kyle Evans Design (KED) was hired by chef Zak Yatim to design Eatori Market, which is slated to open in Detroit’s Capitol Park in August. Located at 1215 Griswold St. near the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, the space is being designed as a dual-purpose bar and restaurant with a specialty market for grab-and-go items.
“We knew this was going to be a unique design challenge,” says Yatim. “I was looking for a hip, Paris or New York-like vibe for both the market and restaurant space. We need to accommodate shoppers as well as neighbors who want to come in for a bite to eat or a drink with friends. I knew Kyle and his team had the right vision for this project.”
Eatori Market will have seating for 25 people, as well as offer dry goods, fresh produce, a soup and salad bar, and beer and wine. Located in the Malcomson building — Alexander Y. Malcomson was the first investor in Ford Motor Co. in 1903 — original features include art deco-era railing. A similarly styled scissor gate was also added to define the restaurant and market spaces.
“We incorporated the iron railings into custom bar ledges and they served as inspiration for the Eatori logo and branding aesthetics,” says Kyle Evans, principal of KED. “The building has a clean, bright appearance with simple detailing and a nod to the art deco era. We wanted to mimic that feel throughout the space, as well as in the branding elements.”
Yakim is also planning to design a patio with KED next summer. KED currently has several projects underway in Corktown and Capitol Park, including the recent completion of Bedrock’s headquarters at 630 Woodward Ave. Bedrock is owned by Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans Inc. Bedrock is in the process of adding 25 loft apartments in the upper floors of the Malcomson Building.
Evans recently completed the design of the former Detroit Fire Department Ladder House No. 12 at West Lafayette Avenue and 10th Street in Detroit’s Corktown district. Earlier this year, Ed Welburn, former vice president of global design at General Motors Co., opened a studio on the first floor of Ladder House No. 12, while a private residence occupies the second floor.
Behind the ladder house, and separated by an alley, is the original horse stable. Offering 600 square feet of space, the plan is to have a grab-and-go eatery occupy the brick structure, complemented by a small patio. Evans, a former designer at FCA US in Auburn Hills, is joined in the project by Michael Chetcuti, Phil Cooley, and Kate Bordine.
Eatori Market will be open from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily, and the restaurant will serve lunch and dinner Sunday through Wednesday until midnight, and until 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.