Detroit's West Village neighborhood gains a multi-purpose destination in a space that was unused for months after Craft Work, a popular cocktail bar with a small plates menu, shut when Covid hit Michigan last year.
Now the Agnes Street space is reborn as Metropolitan Bar & Kitchen and Metropolitan Variety store next door -- a small market with snacks, groceries, pints of fresh soup, beer, wine and liquor.
The restaurant portion, open for dinner five days a week, bills itself as serving "a fusion of California cuisine and traditional Mexican cooking."
The menu by chefs Brendon Edwards, a co-founder, and Hailey Enszer includes grilled and glazed pork collar, grilled octopus, fried scallops and Picanha steak -- plus daily specials (see gallery below). Among seven vegetable side dishes are squash with salsa macha and cashew cream, and Peruvian green chili with Oaxaca cheese.
Horchata panna cotta is a dessert choice. (The other is shown below.)
The decor includes a century-old chandelier and wood cabinets from an apothecary that used to occupy the storefront.
Metropolitan is taking New Year's Day brunch reservations from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Plan a visit:
Where: 8047 Agnes St., two blocks east of Van Dyke Street in West Village
Hours: 4-11 p.m., Thursday through Monday (market open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and Satuday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday)
Reservations: $10 deposit per person
Phone: (313) 447-5418
Gallery from business: