*Disclosure: I was invited to attend a pre-opening mock service event at Granite City earlier this month. My food was complimentary, my booze was not. This blog post contains my own thoughts and opinions!
Even though I work downtown, I don’t get over to the RenCen nearly as much as I should. I take for granted how cool of a building it really is, and just how much there is to explore within those towers. I mean, the place even has it’s own ZIP code.
I had the chance to check out the new Granite City location inside Tower 100. If you’re not familiar with the RenCen, GC faces Jefferson Ave. right near the Marriott hotel valet area and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.
The place is huge and beautiful inside. There is a ton of table and booth seating, a large bar/lounge area (great happy hour space!) as well as room for private events. Seems like it’d be a good option for larger groups, which can sometimes be a hassle at some of the smaller places that get packed quickly.
Also, downtown patio dining options just got way better. Granite City has a massive patio that takes up the whole front area of the restaurant facing Jefferson Avenue. Talk about a cool view of the hustle and bustle of downtown. The bar manager said they’ll be planning some cool stuff around Opening Day and other downtown events, so I’m looking forward to checking it out when warmer temps arrive.
I went with the grilled chicken and asparagus linguini and shared some of the bison burger with a friend. Both were delicious. Our server was helpful with pairing different beer selections with menu items, but I opted for a classic beer flight to get a taste of everything. I liked the Broad Axe Stout the best.
The skinny: Granite City Food & Brewery is now open in downtown Detroit inside the GM Ren Cen. Check it out for a happy hour with coworkers or a casual dinner on the town. There’s plenty of parking at the garages around the RenCen, but they’re not always the most affordable option depending on when you go. You could always park a bit further (Greektown or Bricktown area) and take the PeopleMover to the Renaissance Center stop.