If all goes as planned, Chef Brad Greenhill and Philip Kafka, Prince Concepts founder – the duo behind Takoi, 2520 Michigan Avenue, Detroit – will have another restaurant open come September. Magnet, located at 4848 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, in the former home of Magnet Radiator Works – will be vegetable-centric and a kitchen that is 100 percent wood-fired. Greenhill said everything will be cooked over wood or using wood as the fuel source, leading to an interesting culinary challenge. “Cooking with fire has always been something I’ve been into but I’ve never really had the opportunity to do it in a commercial space,” he said. As far as the vegetables go, dishes will be seasonal and presented whole – think whole roasted cauliflower and broccoli crowns. “They’re more presented in a way a whole chicken would be presented,” Greenhill said. The interior at Magnet – which will have cocktails but be more wine-focused – will have a simple and minimal feel to correspond and complement the food, and be covered in blue tile with walnut tables. Fear not meat eaters, there are dishes for you too.
Metro Intelligencer is a monthly column devoted to news stories, tidbits and gossip items about what's happening on the restaurant scene in the metro Detroit area. Metro Intelligencer is reported/created each month by Dana Casadei who can be reached at DanaCasadei@DowntownPublications.com with news items or tips, on or off the record.