Nick Arrigo, Brandon Belknap, and Brian Czerny are the managing partners behind Grosse Point’s newest restaurant, the Charlevoix; a neighborhood joint that offers Mexican, New Orleanian, Korean, and Caribbean street food late into the night. The restaurant-bar hybrid plans to offer dinner this month, and lunch service and takeout orders later this January. Charlevoix is set to open tonight, with a private reception being held at 5:30 p.m. before the official public opening at 7 p.m.
Separated into four sections, snacks, tacos, wings, and po’ boys, a classic Louisiana meat-filled sandwich, Charlevoix’s menu is limited yet varied. Released on Facebook, the bill of fare includes Thai Style wings — chicken marinated in Thai vinaigrette, blistered chilies, cilantro, mint and smoked mayonnaise. Under the Snacks portion, House Duck Pastrami is listed. A sophisticated take on the lunch meat is paired with marinated onion, and pickled mustard seed and served on a kaiser roll. Tacos come in a variety of options like pulled chicken, carnitas, stewed lentil, or brisket and are served on corn tortillas from Southwest Detroit. The po’ boys, all prepared with true New Orleanian French rolls and Better Made BBQ sauce, include meat and fish substitutes, including perch with dill-caper remoulade, iceberg lettuce, tomato, and pickles.
Arrigo, Belknap, and Czerny’s eatery will appeal to metro Detroit’s growing nightlife scene as the kitchen is slated to open between 4 p.m. and midnight Monday through Wednesday, and until 1 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday. Charlevoix’s bar offers patrons a curated list of 10 cocktails, local and national beers, and a diverse wine menu. Their Nip and Tuck cocktail mixes blackstrap rum, velvet falernum, pistachio orgeat, egg white, Cafe Du Monde cold brew, and bitters while the Indian Summer fuses tequila, St. Germain, Aperol, lemon, and simple syrup. Late-night drinkers can grab a cocktail at the bar until 2 a.m.