Hamilton’s Restaurant Opening in Corktown’s Godfrey Hotel

The new eatery is set to open this fall, shortly after the hotel’s summer opening.
Photograph courtesy of The Godfrey Hotel

A new tavern-style restaurant will open this fall in Corktown. Hamilton’s will occupy the ground floor of The Godfrey Detroit Hotel, which has been under construction since 2021 and is expected to be completed this summer.

Hamilton’s will have an “approachable, yet refined” American menu that features local ingredients and seasonal items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The spacious dining room will seat up to 93 at a time. Guests can also choose to sit on the outdoor terrace that faces Michigan Avenue.

The bar and restaurant will be run in collaboration with Birmingham-based Chickpea Hospitality, founded in 2019 by local restauranteur Samy Eid. Chickpea owns two Lebanese eateries: Leila (downtown Detroit) and The Phoenicia (Birmingham), as well as Forest, (Birmingham), a high-end Modern European restaurant.

“We are honored to be collaborating on this luxury lifestyle project in the historical Corktown neighborhood,” said Eid in a statement. “It has been an exciting experience…to curate a dining experience for all to enjoy.”

The Godfrey Detroit is a venture between two partners, Chicago-based Oxford Capital Group, who also acquired Detroit’s Westin Book Cadillac in late 2021, and local luxury developer Hunter Pasteur. The two partners are creating a lot of dust in the area — they are also constructing two residential developments in Corktown and a parking structure next to The Godfrey.

The hotel is located at 401 Michigan Ave., Detroit, between Trumbull and Eighth St., just blocks away from the iconic Michigan Central Station and many popular Detroit bars and restaurants including Nemo’s Lounge and Ottava Via.

The hotel will include 227 rooms, a rooftop lounge, and an events ballroom spanning 6,000 square feet. In 2021, Oxford Capital said the project would create between 160 to 200 jobs, paying at $17 an hour or higher, with a minimum of 25% going to Detroit residents.

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