Shining at Shinola
Three out of four restaurants – San Morello, The Brakeman, and Penny Red’s – at the Shinola Hotel, 1400 Woodward Avenue, and Shinola Hotel Annex, 22 John R Street, Detroit, have officially reopened as of July. Owned by the NoHo Hospitality Group, which includes Chef Andrew Carmellini, Luke Ostrom, and Josh Pickard, the trio of spots have all the necessary safety standards in place, including face masks and disinfecting all surfaces in-between use. Is it worth it to open all three if they can only be at half-capacity, though? “Time will tell,” said Carmellini. “I believe for most places being able to employ your core team, pay the bills, and do it all safely and at the same level as before will be a big win.” While many restaurants have changed their menus, Carmellini said that after chatting with people they decided to make sure they had guest favorites on hand at San Morello, such as their ravioli and strip steak, instead of opting for a brand-new menu.