The District Detroit Announces Two Little Caesars Arena Restaurants


The District Detroit, the 50-block area that includes Little Caesars Arena, today announced the addition of two specialty dining options to open concurrently in September. Mike’s Pizza Bar and Sports & Social Detroit will both be open to the public at the southeast corner of Little Caesars Arena on Sept. 12 before a performance by Kid Rock, the facility’s first ticketed event.

Guests can enjoy the dining experience without a ticket and both restaurants will serve patrons on both event and non-event days and nights.

In addition to Little Caesars Arena, The District Detroit is a $1.2 billion development that includes the upcoming Little Caesars Global Resource Center expansion, the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University, more than 680 new residential units in new and historic buildings, and existing venues like the Fox Theatre.

“It’s very fitting that Little Caesars Arena — a cornerstone of The District Detroit — will host these two exciting concepts centered around pizza and sports,” says Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch holdings Inc. “My father got his entrepreneurial start in the pizza business operating out of a closet at Haig’s bar in Detroit, and Mike’s Pizza Bar acknowledges those humble beginnings in a uniquely Detroit environment.”

Mike’s Pizza Bar will feature an artisanal-style pizza kitchen and specialize in handcrafted pizzas prepared and cooked in an open kitchen. The venue will feature indoor and outdoor seating, including a patio. The menu will also feature craft beer, custom cocktails, and wine selections. In addition, guests can utilize a walk-up counter in the arena’s Via Concourse for a select menu in a flexible environment.

Sports & Social Detroit will feature a gastro-pub style sports venue adjacent to Mike’s Pizza Bar, and will be equipped with audio and visual equipment that celebrates an arena-like game day atmosphere. The venue will feature indoor and outdoor seating and patio spaces, a custom bar, a private dining room, and venue access from the Via Concourse.

Hours will be based on the Little Caesars Arena events calendar. Seating will generally be on a first come, first served basis. Both restaurants are expected to create a combined total of 300 new jobs, bringing the development’s total of post-construction jobs to more than 2,000.

Additional local, regional, and national restaurant, retail, and office tenants will be announced in the future.

More information can be found here and here.