Detroit’s restaurant scene has been expanding in recent years, and at the forefront of this growth is Prime Concepts Detroit, an innovative hospitality group. The restaurant group began in 2012 with its flagship restaurant, Prime29 Steakhouse, a contemporary steakhouse in West Bloomfield, MI. The luxury fine dining spot brought a fresh perspective in the ever-evolving industry, and Prime Concepts Detroit is poised to remain the influential member with two new concepts coming in 2023.
The first is an Italian restaurant inspired by the vibrant essence of Capri, Italy. With a thoughtful curation of both Italian classics and modern takes, the focus is to bring the warmth and hospitality of the Amalfi coast, one plate at a time. The new Italian eatery in West Bloomfield will have an inclusive menu for the entire family, creative cocktails, and spaces for private events; all within a mesmerizing interior that drives the brand narrative into your dining experience.
The second project from Prime Concepts Detroit is a historical feat, as the group acquired the Grand Army of the Republic building in Detroit. It will soon be home to an extravagant steakhouse concept. Built in 1899, the four-story building boasts castle-like features in the heart of Detroit. The restaurant group is laser-focused on provoking the Detroit dining scene in a sophisticated manner. Be ready to welcome Detroit’s new daring steakhouse.
The impressive portfolio of Prime Concepts Detroit has propelled the group to the top of Detroit’s dining scene. Joe Barbat, CEO & Chairman, says, “Prime Concepts Detroit is a product of love and passion.” The strength lies with the team at Prime Concepts Detroit. “We grow with our team, and we are one big family, that is why our guests always feel at home,” says Stoli Liti, Managing Partner & Director of Operations. With vibe dining as the center of their restaurant ideology, “We want every guest’s experience to be so remarkable that they pause and say, ‘this place is just different’” says Barbat.
PAO Detroit is Detroit’s premiere supper club, now a staple in the downtown entertainment district. The Pan-Asian inspired fare at PAO differs from your usual supper club and elevates the vibe dining experience. Culinary capability is the cornerstone of the downtown destination, as well as for nightlife and drinks. In West Bloomfield, NARA offers authentic sushi and a wonderful hibachi experience for family and kids by day and transcends into the city’s hotspot for late night vibes. NARA also has a second location and extends its brand into North Miami, Florida.
Joe Barbat isn’t just dabbling as a restauranteur, with a dedicated, hardworking, and creative team that is Prime Concepts Detroit, he’s succeeding at curating an impressive portfolio of restaurants and Wabeek Country Club. The club resembles a luxurious 5-star resort in the neighborhoods of Metro Detroit, it bolsters a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye, fine dining options, and numerous other amenities that make you forget you’re still close to home.
Prime29 Steakhouse is nominated for HOUR’s Best Steakhouse, Best Restaurant in Oakland County, Best to Take a Client, and Best Romantic Dining. PAO Detroit is nominated for HOUR’s Best Restaurant in Wayne City. NARA Sushi & Hibachi Steakhouse is nominated for HOUR’s Best Japanese Restaurant, Best Sushi, and Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant.