Central Kitchen + Bar features contemporary American cuisine in a casual and welcoming environment. With recognizable bar food serving as the foundation for our menu, our executive chef has given a new spin to the classics, upgrading them with inventive taste combinations using local and seasonal ingredients. Guests will be pleased to see that we have something that appeals to everyone. From the selection of our purveyors of produce and meats, to creating our own infusions for our hand crafted cocktails, we are committed to offering our guests the highest quality products from start to finish.
What’s in a name?
The restaurant faces Cadillac Square, a public space that, during the mid-nineteenth century, housed the bustling Detroit Central Farmer’s Market. It is not only in the spirit of capturing the area’s history that we focused on “Central,” but also in the connotations undergirding that history. According to the Henry Ford Museum, the Detroit Central Farmer’s Market “was the economic and social heart of daily life in Detroit.” Indeed, many successful entrepreneurs of that era launched businesses out of rental stalls in the market. One of the most notable examples is John J. Barlum, a man who developed a sizeable portion of the land surrounding the old market, including the Cadillac Apartment building, which was originally a hotel. While Detroit’s Central Business District has arguably retained its status as the economic heart of the city – in no small measure due to the contributions of philanthropic entrepreneurs – with Central Kitchen + Bar, we aim to reinvigorate the city’s core, thereby restoring the area’s status as the social heart of Detroit. In short, Central Kitchen + Bar embodies the same “exuberance and optimism” about the city’s future as the construction of the Detroit Central Farmer’s Market in the mid-1800s.
Events Manager Dawn Patterson is known around Central Kitchen + Bar for her close attention to detail and exquisite taste for the finer things. With an educational background in Business & Broadcast Journalism, and professional experience at WDIV, she knows what it takes to be camera ready at all times. Dawn has been with Central since its opening in August 2015, running lead on coordinating events – both large and small scale - for noteworthy guests such as BMW and Shell to Michigan Senators and renowned restaurant owners. She spent the majority of her career at Motor City Casino, where she focused on hospitality and customer service and has received multiple awards in customer service and diversity training. Growing up in Detroit, Dawn has seen the ups and downs of the city and loves being a part of its revival. Now working in the thriving heart of downtown Detroit, Dawn is enjoys working with the influential entrepreneurs in city and is dedicated to being a part of the iconic Detroit scene.