Little Caesars Arena and hospitality partner Delaware North have announced two new restaurant concepts — The Mixing Board and PointsBet Sports Bar. The arena is located in The District Detroit.
The Mixing Board, a full-service restaurant, will include a stage for live music and entertainment along with décor that pays homage to the city’s automotive, musical, and industrial history. It replaces Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit eatery along Woodward Avenue.
The menu includes starters, salads, sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, sharables, desserts, craft cocktails, and craft beer. Both individual and shared items are served on custom wooden boards.
Handheld items such as The Woodward Stack (a double cheeseburger with signature sauce, shredded lettuce, tomato, bacon, shaved onion, and B&B pickles on a brioche role) are served on personal boards, while larger charcuterie-style boards were developed for sharable options such as The Neighborhood’s Sausage Board (Italian, Polish, and Irish sausages, charred peppers, craft pickled vegetables, grill onion, mustards, horseradish, and soft pretzels).
“When developing the concept for The Mixing Board, we initially built around two key focus areas: community involvement and a Michigan-first menu,” says Tim Martin, general manager for Delaware North at Little Caesars Arena. “This is a venue for local artists to share their work — a place where the community comes together.
In January, the Detroit Red Wings, which plays its home games at Little Caesars Arena, announced a partnership with global sportsbook operator PointsBet. As part of that agreement, the space formerly occupied by Sports & Social Detroit at the south end of the arena has been rebranded as the PointsBet Sports Bar.
The full-service restaurant, now operated by Delaware North, features betting themed pub fare, 28 televisions, special guests, unique programing, VIP access, and gaming promotions. Select televisions throughout the PointsBet Sports Bar also offer integrated live odds, giving real time updates for fans as they monitor their favorite teams while placing bets.
The two restaurant concepts were developed for spaces previously occupied by year-round restaurants, each with a street-side entrance for event and non-event days. The restaurants are currently open for Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons home games, and concerts and shows, with extended hours of operation to be announced at a later date.
In addition, Delaware North, the primary foodservice and retail partner at Little Caesars Arena since it opened in 2017, is also now operating Mike’s Pizza Bar along Woodward Avenue, which offers artisanal pizzas amid a celebratory sports atmosphere. Serving craft beer and pizza by the slice, the eatery is a nod to Mike Ilitch, founder of Little Caesars with his wife, Marian, and their entrepreneurial roots.
Mike’s Pizza Bar will continue serving artisanal pizzas, Detroit-style deep-dish pizza, sandwiches, grinders, salads, and desserts, along with craft beer, wine, and spiked seltzers.
Delaware North’s history in Detroit dates to 1930, when the company began operating foodservice for the Detroit Tigers. Today, Delaware North operates food, beverage, and retail services at both Comerica Park and Little Caesars Arena, along with Hockeytown Café, the UWM District Market, The Mixing Board, Mike’s Pizza Bar, and PointsBet Sports Bar, all located within The District Detroit.
Delaware North is a global hospitality and entertainment company founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for more than 100 years. Delaware North operates at sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, cultural landmarks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos.