Open one day, closed the next
Longtime devoted customers were shocked at the sudden closure of Michael Symon’s Roast, located in the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, downtown Detroit. On Friday, January 7, Roast’s Facebook page advertised their well-loved Happy Hour, with a reminder that it would start again on Tuesday January 11. That never happened. The restaurant was shuttered after Saturday evening’s service on January 8. Their website is shut down except for a message that reads: “Permanently closed. We are grateful for your business.” Roast was opened in 2008 by celebrity chef Michael Symon and offered upscale classic entrees, top-notch steaks, and a carefully crafted wine list. Symon has been seen on Food Network shows such as Iron Chef America, Burgers, Brew and ‘Que, Food Feuds, and The Best Thing I Ever Ate, as well as Cook Like an Iron Chef on the Cooking Channel and The Chew on ABC. On Facebook, many Roast customers were inquiring as to what to do with their gift cards. Those questions have been left unanswered. Symon does own other restaurants – but Roast was his only remaining restaurant in Michigan.