Wine-Centric Restaurant to Open in The Ashley


A high-end restaurant with an extensive wine list will open in The Ashley in downtown Detroit in September.

Vertical Detroit, 1538 Centre St., will feature more than 250 vintages wines by the bottle and nearly 45 by the glass, along with domestic and international beers and boutique spirits.

Executive chef Alex Knezevic has created a menu with locally sourced appetizers and small plates, including Great Lakes Coffee dusted pork tenderloin, Sambuca mussels, honey lavender Thai chili duck confit, and Colorado lamb rack, among other offerings. Prices range from about $8 to $24 for a dish.

“We are thrilled to be able to use our family’s wine expertise to open a welcoming and accessible restaurant in the city that will truly offer a unique dining experience for food and wine lovers alike,” says Jim Lutfy, co-owner of Vertical with his daughter, Remy. Lutfy is also the owner of Fine Wine Source, a specialty wine shop in Livonia.

Detroit-based architectural firm Rossetti designed the 75-seat restaurant, which will feature rich colors and textures with a modern finish.

“From marble bar tops and elegant chandeliers to salvaged pine tables and raw steel accents, we really wanted to accentuate the elements that make Detroit and The Ashley such a great location,” Remy Lutfy says.

Vertical will also feature a retail area with a collection of 325 to 350 wines within all price points, in addition to glassware and accessories.