More than a year since the COVID-19 Pandemic began, restaurants, bars, and other establishments have operated in a sort of limbo — with some open in a limited capacity, others curbside only, and some remaining closed in entirety. With the vaccine push continuing across the state, one Downtown Detroit staple will reopen its doors, the Brakeman, the American beer hall at Shinola Hotel.
Reopening Thursday, April 29, with limited hours, Detroiters will again be able to enjoy one of the many rotating drafts of craft beers or a specialty cocktail. The Brakeman also features games such as ping-pong, foosball, and shuffleboard — and if playing makes you hungry, you’re only moments away from the adjoining restaurant, Penny Red’s, which serves up buckets of fried chicken, honey-butter biscuits, and local farmstand sides.
Shortly after April 29, there will be some new things coming out of the spot. Some planned items and events will see The Brakeman debut the famous Bar Primi Frose, a crawfish boil in Parkers Alley, and a pig cookoff.
In practice with the Pandemic, once the weather stays warm, The Brakeman will feature outdoor seating on the patio and garage doors that open up onto Parker’s Alley and Farmer street. Open Thursday through Sunday, you won’t want to miss the return of this Detroit staple.
BRAKEMAN HOURS OF OPERATION:
- 4:00pm – 10:00pm (Thursday)
- 4:00pm – 11:00pm (Friday)
- 12:00pm – 11:00pm (Saturday)
- 12:00pm – 9:00pm (Sunday)
Opened and ran as an American beer and rec hall by NoHo Hospitality Group, The Brakeman is joined by Penny Reds and San Morello as the group’s restaurant presence in Detroit. Check out our interview with the acclaimed chef and parter with NoHo Hospitality, Andrew Carmellini, to learn more about the unique restaurant scene taking shape in and around the Shinola Hotel.
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