What’s in a name: The Statler Bistro
The iconic Statler Hotel was erected in Detroit in 1915, and was known for hosting many celebs in its day, including Harry Houdini, who stayed there during his last performance. The hotel was demolished in August of 2005, and replaced by the newly-opened City Club Apartments. Paying homage to the Statler name, the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group will open The Statler Bistro, an American/French Bistro and Market, in early September. The 175-seat restaurant will occupy half of the first floor of the City Club Apartments, located on the corner of Washington Boulevard and Park Avenue facing Grand Circus Park. The interior décor will have a European flair while the expansive outdoor patio will provide patrons with views of the city. The menu will offer American and French cuisine along with a market where customers can purchase groceries and packaged meals to take home and enjoy. “We are excited to bring this new concept to the city of Detroit. We think our vision for a great American and French bistro, coupled with an amazing market, will be something that will be well received in the market,” said John Vicari, vice president of the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group. The Statler Bistro is located at 313 Park Avenue.