Aiming to highlight the history and style of Detroit and featuring locally sourced, scratch-made pizza and plates to share, tapas-style restaurant Asaysia Plates to Share is slated to open March 22 in Detroit.
“Between our carefully crafted menu and unique Detroit-made décor, Asaysia Plates to Share is a true celebration of the Motor City,” says Matt Palmer, owner and general manager. “To us, Asaysia means good food, good times, and good friends, and we knew Detroit was the perfect place to share that. We’re excited to bring this authentic dining experience to Detroit and share it with locals and visitors alike.”
Located at 1452 Brush St. in a 5,000-square-foot building, between Madison Street and Gratiot Avenue, the restaurant will open for dinner on March 22 and will have the capacity to seat 150 and will offer the opportunity for guests to dine at the reservation-only chef’s table, where executive chef Larry Middlebrooks will prepare and serve the guests’ meals.
Serving as the executive chef, Middlebrooks brings more than 25 years of experience in the culinary industry. He has a degree in culinary arts/chef training from the Culinary Institute of America, and has served as executive chef at various Hyatt Regency Hotels.
In his new role, Middlebrooks has created a menu for Asaysia which includes veg-centric options, an assortment of hearth stone-fired pizzas, cast iron-seared pork chops, and a number of meat and seafood entrees. All items will be sharable between multiple people. With craft beers and cocktails available, sommelier Filippo Morandi, a wine professional, will also be able to help guests choose the perfect wine for their meals.
The décor of the new restaurant will feature a representation of artist Diego Rivera’s Detroit industry murals, as seen in the Rivera Court in the Detroit Institute of Arts. In the main entrance will be framed and autographed photos of famous Detroiters, in addition to reclaimed pieces of furniture, including church pews, vintage furniture, an American black walnut table from 1920, and a podium from 1870. Details of the building include handmade stainless-steel finishes, quartz bar tops, and onyx light fixtures. Additionally, as part of Asaysia’s exclusive partnership with Pewabic Pottery, the restaurant will feature custom, handmade Detroit ceramic tiles and vases from the studio.
Hours will be 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 4 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday.
Asaysia is slated to eventually feature three distinct restaurant concepts under one roof with total space surpassing 16,500 square feet.