Maru Sushi & Grill, a Michigan-based restaurant chain that serves a variety of sushi and Japanese fusion dishes, will open this fall on the ground level of the former Federal Reserve Building in downtown Detroit.
“(Detroit) is a good market; there’s a lot going on there,” says Thomas Rossana, general manager of the Maru Sushi & Grill in Detroit. “The Federal Reserve Building is a beautiful building.”
He says the restaurant, which is being designed by Rossetti, a Detroit-based architecture firm that has its offices in the building, will have a rustic feel with contemporary elements, and feature a large horseshoe bar, a sushi bar, and a patio.
At 3,400 square feet, the new restaurant, located at 160 W. Fort St., will seat an estimated 150 people inside and an additional 30 to 40 people on the patio.
The menu at the Detroit location will include: soups, salads, noodle dishes, sashimi, nigiri, specialty sushi rolls, a selection of Japanese and local whiskey, Japanese-inspired craft cocktails, green tea crème brûlée, matcha ice cream, and more.
Rossana says they may also serve sharing plates, hibachi, and unique dishes created by the culinary team.
“Our goal is to have a traditional Japanese backbone, and we extend that into fusion and twists,” he says. “To start, (Detroit) will be much more similar to the other locations, but it will have its own identity.”
Maru Sushi & Grill’s Detroit location will be open from 11:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Maru’s other locations are in Okemos, Grand Rapids, East Lansing, and Midland.
Rossana says there are plans to open a Maru Sushi & Grill in Kalamazoo this year, and a new restaurant concept next year in Grand Rapids that focuses on eclectic Asian comfort food. The company also plans to open more locations on the east side of the state in the next three to four years.