Four Man Ladder, the restaurant group behind Midtown’s Gray Ghost and nearby Second Best, announced the name of their new dining concept during the redevelopment of the Eddystone building.
Called Bashan, the restaurant takes its name from a mythological, fire-breathing, bird-like poultry. Its opening is scheduled for next year. Basan’s cuisine will be centered around a Robata grill, according to a press release. The flavors and dishes are inspired by the Asian street food of the izakaya, which are Japanese restaurants known as casual places to eat and drink.
A sample of the Basan menu debuted at Gray Ghost in Midtown on Halloween night at a sold-out event. Guests got a first taste of the dishes, including the fried bao de bao (roasted jalapeño kewpie, crispy cheddar), chawanmushi shiitake (fried maïtake, puffed black rice, egg yolk) and short ribs. glazed with wasabi potato dumplings.
“Given historic Eddystone’s proximity to Little Caesars Arena, we knew this concept needed to match the incredible energy and vibrancy of District Detroit and appeal to a wide variety of guests. The Izakaya dining style felt 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 multi-course dinner, ”said Chef John Vermiglio in a press release.
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Olympia Development of Michigan, the Eddystone Hotel redevelopment and restoration project, located next to Little Caesars Arena, comprises 92 apartments, 20% of which are reserved for affordable units.
“We are delighted to add Basan to the tantalizing mix of dining and entertainment options in the Detroit District,” Stefan Stratation, vice president of Olympia Development of Michigan, said in a press release. “This unique and welcoming concept of Four Man Ladder will be a perfect fit for residents and guests of Eddystone Residences. “
The Four Man Ladder team includes chefs Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino, beverage director Will Lee and Michael Gray, director of operations.
Basan will accommodate 85 people in the indoor dining room. There will also be patio seating, a private dining room, lounge, and bar. Its interior will feature an open kitchen concept.
The Gray Ghost fine cuisine opened in 2016 in the Brush Park neighborhood. Its menu offers a range of handcrafted cocktails and eclectic meat dishes. In 2017, Gray Ghost was named the Detroit Free Press Best New Restaurant.
The group opened Second Best in 2018. It’s sort of a corner pub across from their sister restaurant at 42 E. Watson, just off Woodward Avenue. There is a full menu of beers and cocktails as well as snacks and bites.
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