Metro Detroit’s Top Food and Beverage News for December 2023

Find out what’s cooking at area eateries including Kamper’s Rooftop Lounge, Puma, and others this month.
Kamper’s is named for architect Louis Kamper, who designed the Book Tower in the 1920s. // Photograph by Hayden Stinebaugh

Metro Detroit is home to so many different and delish dining and drink options, and they are seemingly always bringing something new to their table. Here’s what three local spots are up to this month.

Rooftop Views, Gin, and Barcelona-Style Tapas in Downtown Detroit

Kamper’s Rooftop Lounge is the second restaurant to arrive this year in Detroit’s historic Book Tower. Ride the elevator to the 14th floor and grab a cold gin and tonic, Negroni, or sherry cocktail.

The menu features Spanish small plates like the croquetas de jamon (ham croquettes) and the escalivada, a side of charcoal-grilled eggplant, red peppers, and onions finished with aromatic sherry-aged vinegar.

Late-Night Munchies, Drinks, and Dancing from Barda Chef-Owner

Puma, a new restaurant expected to open in 2024 in the Core City neighborhood, is Javier Bardauil’s latest addition to the Detroit dining scene. Like the James Beard-nominated chef-owner’s Barda, Puma will serve up Argentine cuisine — but in a much more informal and approachable atmosphere, with no reservations.

After dinner service, the restaurant will turn into Cougar, a late-night destination with live DJ performances, full-service cocktails, and some food items, such as choripan — the classic South American sandwich: a French baguette stuffed with chorizo and chimichurri— available until close (which at press time was projected to be 10 p.m. Thursdays and 2 a.m. Fridays through Sundays).

Mediterranean Fare with Flair in the Historic WWJ Building

Downtown Detroit’s newly opened Cambria Hotel is home to Cibo, a Mediterranean fusion restaurant. Chef James Sumpter’s high-end and inventive menu includes Wagyu steaks and the nduja and octopus, made with squid-ink gnocchi, confit octopus, tomato, and grilled lemon.

There’s also plenty of wine, as well as signature cocktails like Summer in Mykonos, a Mediterranean take on a margarita that blends tequila, butterfly pea, lime, and raki.

This story is from the December 2023 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more in our digital edition.