Townhouse Detroit Debuts Renovated Space

Detroit’s Heirloom Hospitality announced that Townhouse Detroit, a casual fine dining restaurant in the central business district that was recently closed to complete a renovation, will begin a soft opening phase today in preparation for a full opening and unveiling of a new atrium area slated to be completed later this fall.
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a burger and curly fires on the left. gourmet ice cream bars on the right
Townhouse Detroit, which has been closed for renovations, begins a soft opening phase today before its full opening, expected later this fall. // Photographs by Catherine Schneider

Detroit’s Heirloom Hospitality announced that Townhouse Detroit, a casual fine dining restaurant in the central business district that was recently closed to complete a renovation, will begin a soft opening phase today in preparation for a full opening and unveiling of a new atrium area slated to be completed later this fall.

During the soft-launch period, the dining room is open for reservations made though Resy. Detroit design firm Parini oversaw the renovations to the restaurants interior and drew inspiration from the traditional idea of a townhouse to convey the feeling of being comfortable and right at home.

The interior additions include a large, pill-shaped bar with seating around the perimeter, a lounge area, a coffee and dessert counter bar, as well as traditional dining tables and banquet seating. Undulated millwork ceiling clouds, custom decorative pendants, and decorative light fixtures will spot the ceiling. The upgrade also features an open display kitchen created by Great Lakes Culinary Designs in Southfield.

The menu overhaul was led by Ryan Prentiss, Heirloom’s corporate culinary director, and Rebecca Stanley, the pastry sous chef. It moves the restaurant into the fine dining realm while remaining committed to highlighting seasonal Midwest produce like Michigan cherries and sweet corn. Some savory dishes include black bass, ora king salmon tartare using coffee, silan (rich date syrup) and shoyu (Japanese style soy sauce) egg yolk, and A5 wagyu beef with garlic, shallot rings, and grilled chicory.

The dessert and coffee bar will host the restaurants first dedicated coffee program supplied by Detroit roaster Coffeehaus. Desserts will include a Michigan cherry-based dish shaped as its namesake with morello cherry mouse and almond cake, a chocolate whiskey torte made with coffee whiskey and toasted marshmallow, as well the ice box, a frozen chest of house-made ice cream bars.

To complement the new menu, drink selections include a curated selection of wines by the glass and an expansive list of varietals from around the world. There’s also multiple champagnes by the bottle. The cocktail menu will feature drinks such as the Spice Trader, made with Lobos Joven tequila, yellow chartreuse, lime juice, simple syrup, and Cointreau. Another option, the Motcho Matcha, is made with house-infused matcha liquor and heavy cream.

Townhouse Detroit is located at the southeast corner of Woodward Avenue and Congress Street in downtown Detroit. The hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday to Thursday, and 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Reservations can be made here.

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