Metro Detroit’s Top Dining News From Our April 2024 Issue

Find out what’s cooking at area restaurants including Sexy Steak, Lincoln Yard, and others.
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Lincoln Yard’s roasted carrots are made with harissa, hazelnut dukkah, and labneh. // Photograph courtesy of Union Joints

Jackson Pollock-inspired restaurant coming to The Village of Rochester Hills

In the space once occupied by Noodles & Co. arrives a brand-new restaurant — The Jackson — from hospitality veteran Michael Mauro and award-winning chef Justin Vaiciunas, who has worked in notable kitchens such as those at the Detroit Athletic Club and Birmingham’s 220 Merrill.

The Jackson will feature a bar and dining area inspired by the paintings of pioneering abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. The interior will be designed by Pophouse, a Detroit-based design firm owned by Jennifer Gilbert, the wife of multibillionaire Dan Gilbert.

The menu will feature local, seasonal ingredients. Visit thejacksonrestaurant.com for more. 

Lincoln Yard now open in Birmingham

This long-awaited new restaurant from Union Joints opened this past March in Birmingham’s Rail District.

It features cocktails and serves up comforting foods like rotisserie-roasted and smoked meats as well as wood-fired pizza and vegetarian options. Union Joints is the restaurant group behind the Clarkston Union, Union Woodshop (also in Clarkston), and Vinsetta Garage in Berkley, among many more local eateries.

It’s located at 2159 E. Lincoln St. in a repurposed garage on the former site of the Birmingham Public Schools bus yard, across the street from tennis courts, the Birmingham Racquet Club, Lincoln Skate Park, and Birmingham Ice Sports Arena.

“It’s lively and has the ethos of being able to have kids come over after a practice across the street and grab a pizza,” says Ann Stevenson, who co-owns Union Joints with her husband, Curt Catallo. “And I’m stoked about the cocktail list that we have. I like the plurality of who we’re serving.”

Find more information at eatlincolnyard.com

Sexy Steak opens in Detroit’s Grand Army of the Republic Building

The display case at Sexy Steak, lined with Himalayan salt, allows diners to choose their cut of meat before it’s cooked. // Photograph courtesy of Sexy Steak

A new restaurant serving steaks, Italian fare, and seafood opened in the historic Grand Army of the Republic Building, located at Cass and Grand River avenues in downtown Detroit.

The concept features an oyster bar and two levels of dining with more than 200 seats. There’s also the option to pick out your own cut from a display case (lined with Himalayan salt) before it’s cooked.

Plus, above the restaurant, there are another two levels of spaces, dubbed Castle Hall, that can be rented out for events.

The castlelike structure is on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the original elements were kept intact, and the renovated building features a memorial space with historical artifacts from the building’s history, which dates back over 120 years.

For more, visit sexysteakdetroit.com

Albena’s chef-owner moves to The Dixboro Project

Starting April 1, Garrett Lipar joins Ann Arbor’s Dixboro Project as partner and executive chef.

In February, Garrett and his wife/business partner, Tiffany Lipar, announced that Albena, their high-end tasting menu concept in Detroit’s Siren Hotel, would close in March after six years of operation. Garrett Lipar was previously head chef at Torino in Ferndale.

Dixboro Project, which opened in 2021, is run by Ann Arbor restaurateur Sava Farah of The Pulpo Group (Sava’s, Aventura).

Housed inside a reclaimed barn, the restaurant has changed chefs more than once since its inception — it initially opened with Michelin-starred chef Louis Maldonado and, more recently, was helmed by chef Joseph VanWagner.

Learn more at thedixboroproject.com

James Beard Foundation announces finalists

Thirteen metro Detroit restaurants are semifinalists in the 2024 James Beard Awards, known as the “Oscars of food.” There are a couple of fresh faces: Alpino (best new restaurant) and John Yelinek of Ladder 4 Wine Bar (best chef: Great Lakes). The 2024 nominees were announced on Wednesday, April 3 and include Mamba Hamissi and Nadia Nijimbere of Baobab Fare and Hajime Sato of Sozai.

The final James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony takes place Monday, June 10, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. For updates, visit jamesbeard.org.


This story originally appeared in the April 2024 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. To read more, pick up a copy of Hour Detroit at a local retail outlet. Our digital edition will be available on April 5.