The former home of Craft Work, a popular small plates and cocktail bar in Detroit’s West Village that closed in 2020, is getting a new life, or better yet, three life.
Expected to open sometime in November, Metropolitan Variety Store | Kitchen and Bar, located at 8047 Agnes St., will serve as a neighborhood marketplace focusing on a select selection of to-go beers, spirits and wines as well as a restaurant and cocktail bar.
The concept, first announced in 2018, has come to fruition with Rick Stanza and Jonathan Hartzell of Detroit Rising Development, as well as Ashley Price, former alcohol buyer at Royal Oak’s Holiday Market, and Brendon Edwards, former head chef at the former Corktown hotspot Gold Cash Gold .
According to a press release, the space will be divided into three different experiences: a market that will offer grab and go goods and provisions as well as beer, spirits and wine; a “veggie-centered” restaurant described as “a fusion of Californian cuisine and traditional Mexican cooking” with some American dishes (i.e .: burgers) sprinkled in; and a bar, you know, to drink.
The restaurant will only be by reservation while the bar remains accessible for walk-ins. There is a space between the bar and the restaurant areas, which will be used for overflows, but which in the near future will accommodate pop-ups and private events.
In addition, the space is a re-enactment of the building’s past life, both Craft Work and those that came before. Metropolitan Variety owners rescued a 100-year-old chandelier from storage as well as cabinets from a pharmacy that used to operate outside the room.
This is only a concept in the works for Detroit Rising Development, as there are three projects expected to break through within the next year in Midtown.
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