Aptly named The Apparatus Room, the 5,900SF restaurant now lives in what was originally the Detroit Fire Department Headquarters. Housed in a Neoclassical building which has been recreated as The Detroit Foundation Hotel, the restaurant is a proud reminder of its past while celebrating the city’s current status as the largest urban renaissance in contemporary history.
Bridging the gap between “Old Detroit” and “New Detroit,” salvaged materials lend old-city charm. Juxtaposed to historic decor are new finishes and decorative lighting that add modernity to this open concept kitchen dining room. With the design inspiration being “Coming Home to Detroit,” it’s only natural that Michelin Star Chef Thomas Lents should return to his hometown as Head Chef.
A custom chandelier encircling the central bar is an art-installation of handblown glass while an eye-catching chandelier resembling an abstract smoke-inspired structure, a nod at the building’s past, is positioned intentionally in the direct sightline of guests. Reminiscent of a fireman’s pole, an antique brass rail-system runs through the restaurant highlighting the strong architecture of the space.
Inspired by a firehouse’s communal nature, The Apparatus Room was designed to celebrate familial dining in a comfortable atmosphere that seats 196 guests, including the main dining room and the Chef’s Table. Enveloping design elements and rich textures create protection in the open space, allowing diners to feel sheltered. Earthy tones of caramel, green and chocolate punctuated with black purposefully allow the New American menu and a modern wave of regional talent and farmers to take center stage.
250 W Larned St
Detroit, MI 48226