Sullivan’s Steakhouse at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel Set to Open in September

Sullivan’s Steakhouse, which is set to open in September in the first-floor space formerly occupied by Roast at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, has been completely renovated with new furnishings, fixtures, and artwork.
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When Sullivan’s Steakhouse opens in September it will offer house cut steaks and multiple seafood and chicken options. // Photo courtesy of Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Sullivan’s Steakhouse, which is set to open in September in the first-floor space formerly occupied by Roast at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, has been completely renovated with new furnishings, fixtures, and artwork.

The 303-seat restaurant kept the same basic layout, with a 10-seat private room to the right of the lobby entrance, a U-shaped bar, an expansive dining room, and a semi-open kitchen. But all of the furnishings and fixtures are new save for a glass-enclosed wine wall behind the bar, along with four semi-private booths behind the wine wall.

The booths have been updated, and each space is themed to one of the city’s four professional sports teams. In addition, during the season, Sullivan’s will offer 45 seats within a new outdoor patio along Washington Boulevard. An exact opening date was not provided.

“This is the first time we have gone into a hotel, and we selected this space because it’s such an iconic and historic property,” says Ken Hoffman, COO of Dividend Restaurant Group, during a recent tour of the space. “Everything will be made fresh daily, and we can’t wait to invite in guests and share our hospitality.”

Sullivan’s, which is named after John L. Sullivan, a famous heavyweight boxer from the late 19th century, operates 14 locations across the United States, including Indianapolis, Little Rock, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Tucson, Raleigh, Anchorage, Alaska, and more. In addition, Diversified Restaurant Group owns and operates Eddie Merlot’s, which has a location at Woodward Avenue and Quarton Road in Bloomfield Township.

In addition to tables set near the bar, the main dining room at Sullivan’s can seat dozens of guests or can be separated at the north end to accommodate one or two private events. Overall, the restaurant will have around 136 employees, and will be open daily for lunch and dinner — Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

The kitchen has been completely renovated with new equipment. Guests can peer into the kitchen through a glass display case that features both meat and seafood displays. “Guests are encouraged to visit the displays, and they can even select a cut of beef, for example, and have it prepared the way they like,” Hoffman says.

The expansive menu, which will include a Happy Hour, features house-cut steaks  — filet mignon, ribeye, prime New York strip, and Cajun ribeye — along with a prime porterhouse, bone-in ribeye cowboy cut, and Wagyu tomahawk ribeye, among others.

There’s also multiple seafood and chicken selections, side dishes such as crab fried rice, brussels sprouts, creamed corn, lobster three cheese mac, and salt-crusted baked potato. Plenty of starter plates like cheesesteak eggrolls and sushi, along with salads, are available, as well.

Desserts include bananas foster, berries and cream, peanut butter pie, chocolate bliss, and key lime pie, among others. The bar will offer numerous craft cocktails, including several martinis, a banana old fashioned, prickly pear paloma, and more. The artwork includes historic images of Sullivan, including posters detailing some of his most famous bouts.

For more information, visit sullivanssteakhouse.com.