Rock City Eatery

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After closing their original location in neighboring Hamtramck, husband-and-wife team Chef Nikita Sanches and Jessica Imbronone Sanches reopened Rock City Eatery in Midtown. Set in a former Packard car showroom, the Sancheses kept many of the 3,600-square-foot space’s existing industrial elements — like the exposed brick and original ceiling rafters — while expanding what used to be a walk-up counter into an 8-seat custom-built bar made from reclaimed wood and welded steel by local artist Dave Hudson of HUDSON INDUSTRIAL.


In the 87-seat open dining room, the industrial style dominates with blacks, grays, polished plywood and concrete. It is balanced by pops of signature orange, live plants and candle lighting. Local artwork is featured throughout the space along with vintage rock-and-roll images printed on large-scale canvas by local photographer S. Kay Young.


The musical theme continues in the bathroom, where walls are hand papered with original Detroit concert posters from the 1970s and 1980s. In the semi-open kitchen, offerings include pizzas as well as brunch service on a constantly changing menu.

Photos courtesy of Rock City Eatery

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