Hamtramck’s Rock City Eatery Prepares for Spring Move to Midtown


After three years in Hamtramck, Rock City Eatery will relocate this spring to a new, larger space along Woodward Avenue in Detroit’s Midtown district.

“It was important to us that our new location feel the same as what we originally created in Hamtramck,” says Jessica Imbronone Sanches, co-owner of Rock City Eatery along with Chef Nikita Sanches. “Expect an upgraded version.”

Sanches says the restaurant will open in a 3,600-square-foot space located at 4216 Woodward Ave., between East Canfield Street and East Willis Avenue. The new space will offer a larger kitchen, full bar, and dining room.

Sanches says the restaurant’s interior will be similar to Rock City Eatery’s space in Hamtramck, with a nod to the city’s automotive history by featuring exposed brick and unfinished walls with original art work. Rock City Eatery is working with Ferndale-based Hudson Industrial to create handcrafted furniture for the space. Pieces will include steel and reclaimed wood benches in the dining room, along with custom bar shelving.

Photography of Detroit’s rock icons by Kay Young and pieces by area artist Niagara will adorn the walls.

Rock City Eatery, which first opened in Hamtramck in 2012, is known for its comfort foods with a twist. Nikita Sanches says the menu will be expanded, with signature dishes such as macaroni and cheese, a lamb cheeseburger, and steak and frites, among other offerings. The Hamtramck location will remain open until the move to Midtown is completed.​