The Statler, a five-day old restaurant opposite Detroit's Grand Circus Park, bills its menu as "an eclectic blend of American twists on traditional French bistro staples."
The name is a nod to the former Statler Hotel, located at the Park Avenue site until 2005. The 165-seat restaurant -- "modeled after Parisian neighborhood cafés" -- has a 125-seat patio with heaters, fire pits and a bar. It plans to add a small grocery-coffeeshop by early next year, as well as weekend brunch.
Chef Daniel Scannell's menu highlights include braised short ribs, steak tartare, shrimp Dijon, Ragoût, shellfish platters, snails, scallops in wine sauce (Coquilles St. Jacques) and seafood stew in saffron broth (Bouillabaisse Provence). Prices range from $17 for a short-rib burger to $72 for a 20-ounce ribeye steak. Sturgeon caviar connoisseurs have three choices at $79-$155.
Among wine selections are two dozen by the glass ($11-$30) and a vast, diverse list of bottles from around the globe ($44-$410). Seven draft beers and hard cider are available.
The downtown newcomer is part of the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group, a Warren company behind the Andiamo chain and Joe Muer Seafood. Prospective servers, chefs, hosts and server assistants can apply here.
Plan a visit:
Where: 313 Park Ave. on street level of The City Club Apartments (between Bagley Street and Washington Boulevard)
Hours: 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday | Happy Hour: 4-6 p.m. weekdays
Phone: (313) 463-7111
Gallery from restaurant and guest Naomi Nicole: