Gray Ghost owners announce Japanese izakaya concept for a new Detroit restaurant near Little Caesars Arena

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  • Presentation of the upcoming Basan Restaurant.

The operators of a new restaurant planned on the ground floor of the former Eddystone Hotel near Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena have announced new details about the project.

Four Man Ladder Management, who also operates nearby Gray Ghost Restaurant and Second Best Bar, says the new venue will be a Japanese-style izakaya called Basan, named after a mythical fire-breathing bird.

According to a press release sent on Monday, the restaurant’s menu will be robatayaki-style. Robatayaki is traditionally cooked over hot coals on a wide, flat fireplace.

“Given Eddystone’s historic proximity to Little Caesars Arena, we knew this concept was essential to match the incredible energy and vitality found in The District Detroit and attract a diverse range of guests,” Chef John Vermilio said in a statement. “Izakaya’s dining style feels like a natural fit. Our guests will be able to create their own experience, whether it’s a pre-game stop for cocktails and a quick bite or a more organized and multi-course dinner.”

A menu previewed during a sold-out event at Gray Ghost over the Halloween holiday, which featured dishes such as Fried Bologna Bao with roasted jalapeño kewpie and crisp cheddar; Shiitake chuanmochi with fried maitake, puffed black rice, and egg yolk; The Shoyu Glazed Short Ribs with Wasabi Potato Dumplings.

The owners say the restaurant will seat 85 people indoors and 26 on an outdoor patio, while it will also feature a private dining space and a lounge with a bar. Basan is expected to open next year at 2703 Park Ave.

Restaurant It was first announced in August. More information is available at basandetroit.com.

An izakaya is a type of Japanese bar that serves alcoholic drinks and snacks for the after-work crowd.

It’s called a short-lived izakaya-style restaurant in nearby Woodbridge Katsu closed in 2019, has been replaced by a new venue called Bash Original Izakaya.

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