Thursday, 6 March, 2008 11:34 PM
Restaurateur Todd Stern Opens
New Concept for Popular Small Plates in Legendary Downtown Detroit
Plates Express To Provide Grab and Go Lunch Fare From First National
Building On Campus Martius Park
-- Detroit Restaurateur Todd Stern chose one of Detroit's
legendary buildings to debut a new carry-out concept for his popular
tapas restaurant, Small Plates. Small Plates Express, which offers
a lunchtime menu of signature dishes and sophisticated takes on
traditional offerings, opened Feb. 8, 2008 in the historic First
Stern's first Small Plates
restaurant quickly became a favored fixture in Detroit's theatre
district when it opened in 2002. Stern opened a second location
in Royal Oak last year. Small Plates Express will provide the same
friendly service and eclectic cuisine in a fun, casual and convenient
setting, Stern said.
to bring this new concept to the legendary Albert Kahn- designed
First National Building," Stern said. "Not only will it
give us a presence near downtown Detroit's heart at Campus Martius
Park, but will put us at the center of exciting new development
activity," he said.
"We believe this
delightful concept of grab-and-go fare will add culinary excitement
to the center of daytime activity in downtown Detroit," Stern
The new location will
also serve as the official launching ground for Small Plates catering
operations. Small Plates took on limited catering engagements from
its other restaurants, Stern said. "But our new downtown location
gives us a perfect platform to launch catering as a full and unique
Small Plates is best
known for its eclectic menu of savory Small Plates dishes such as
Asian lettuce wraps or pan-seared scallops. Similar offerings, plus
gourmet sandwiches such as chicken caesar wraps with hand-cut potato
chips along with a variety of salads, tacos and hand-made-from-scratch
desserts will be offered at Small Plates Express for prices ranging
from $4 to $8.
"Small Plates Express
is a wonderful addition to the First National Building and is representative
of the excellent amenities that are available just steps away in
Detroit," said Fred Schwark, Regional Manager of the Downtown
Collection, a group of three historic downtown buildings in Detroit
owned by the Northern Group, Inc., a privately held, New York-based
real- estate investment firm.
The Downtown Collection
consists of: The First National Building located at 660 Woodward
Avenue, The Penobscot Building located at 645 Griswold and Cadillac
Tower, located at 65 Cadillac Square. All three buildings are on
or within a block of Campus Martius Park.
In addition to The Downtown
Collection, the Northern Group, Inc. owns Alden Park Towers, a historic
group of three riverfront apartment buildings in Detroit, and the
Mies van der Rohe-designed Lafayette Towers apartment buildings
in Lafayette Park.
The Northern Group in
January added to its substantial investment in Detroit with the
announcement of its iconic $150 million living, dining, shopping
and entertainment complex called "Cadillac Centre" on
Campus Martius Park. Cadillac Centre will occupy the entire Monroe
Block with a connection to the Cadillac Tower.
The Northern Group was
established more then 20 years ago by principals committed to creatively
readapting commercial and residential real estate within urban areas.
The Northern Group is responsible for transforming landmark buildings
and neighborhoods by sensitive rehabilitation, tastefully blending
the existing architecture with new infrastructure, creating vibrant
homes and workplaces.
All of The Downtown Collection
buildings offer attractive options for businesses and organizations
with convenient locations, comprehensive amenities, multiple services
and 24-hour-security. In 2007, The Downtown Collection signed an
impressive list of new and expanding tenants totaling nearly 350,000
For more information
about The Downtown Collection buildings, please call 313-962-0056
or visit www.thedowntowncollection.com.
For more information on the Northern Group visit www.zul.com.