Fountain Bistro, located in the former Au Bon Pain space in Campus Martius Park, is holding a soft opening today and will celebrate its grand opening June 10.
The 2,500-square-foot European-style café seats 48 inside and 50 on its patio.
The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has seasonal menu featuring local ingredients where possible.
The menu consists of items ranging from quiche, waffles and Avalon Bakery pastries for breakfast to broccoli beer soup, gazpacho, salads, and Panini sandwiches for lunch and dinner. Dinner entrees cost $9 while lunch prices are between $5 and $8.
Jon Rodemich, who has worked in the kitchens of Chuck Muer's, 5ive in Plymouth, Roast andSweet Georgia Brown, will serve as executive chef. Rodemich is also the executive chef at co-owner John Lambrecht's other establishment, Bookies Bar and Grille.
“We wanted to do something where we could do high volume and high quality and I think by using local fresh ingredients we will have a good product with a good price point,” John Lambrecht, co-owner of Fountain Bistro said. “It's perfect for someone on the go or someone who has time to sit down on the patio.”
Lambrecht said Campus Martius is a perfect location for a bistro because of its ambience and site in the heart of the city.
Correction: A previous version of this story online stated Fountain Bistro has been approved for a temporary liquor license and will serve alcohol during special events at the park. This is incorrect. Since Fountain Bistro is a for-profit enterprise, it can not legally obtain temporary liquor licenses. The Detroit 300 Conservancy is the legal owner of the licenses, which to date are still being processed.All images and content courtesy Crain's Detroit Business.