WINNER: Prime + Proper, Detroit
- Owner: Heirloom Hospitality Group, Birmingham, Mich.
- Foodservice Designers: Great Lakes Culinary Designs, Southfield, Mich.
- Architect: McIntosh Poris, Birmingham, Mich.
- General Contractor: Milad Zoorab, Detroit
With the singular goal of bringing a world-class steakhouse to Detroit, the project team set about creating an exceptional restaurant experience. Modern elements, like an open kitchen and a full-service butcher shop, were placed alongside historic building elements, like a 100-year-old marble staircase. The judges thought the entire concept represented a fresh approach, particularly in bringing the kitchen into the dining room. “They brought energy with the kitchen and the staging of a butcher shop instead of a bar, which is where you’d usually expect the energy to come from,” said the judges. “It’s hard to stand out in this category, but they did it.”
Images courtesy of Michelle and Chris Gerard