A new gathering place specializing in contemporary American small plates, craft cocktails, natural wines and Michigan beer has opened shop on the second floor of 1500 Woodward Avenue. Wright & Company is a joint venture between Sugar House owner Dave Kwiatkowski and Marc Djozlija, former head chef at MGM Grand Detroit’s Wolfgang Puck.
I love trying new places in Detroit and couldn’t wait for them to officially open their doors. My friend Miranda and I decided to check the place out and give our Opportunity Detroit readers the lowdown. We were impressed to find a well-designed space, tasty menu items, fun drink options and a very friendly staff eager to make our visit a pleasant one. In fact, our waiter, Gregory Taylor, or just Taylor, had personality and plenty of knowledge about the menu. Turns out he was originally from the area but spent the last several years working in major cities across the country. He decided to come back home and was working in Royal Oak when he heard about Wright & Company.
“I’ve worked and lived in Miami, San Francisco and just six months ago, I was in Chicago. I’m excited to be here and for the opportunity to help the city. It’s good to be back!”
Opportunity Detroit is real, my friends. It’s a thing. And stories like this make this blog brim with endless growth and anticipation. I digress. Oh yes, back to our observations.
What can you expect when you walk in? First, let’s have a little history lesson.
While the building was originally known as the Schwankovsky Temple of Music, Wright-Kay Jewelers called the building home for nearly 60 years. The name of this new hot spot is an ode to the jewelry firm, and Wright & Company even includes a diamond in its logo. The Queen Anne-style building was one of the first in Detroit with an electric elevator, and the second floor where Wright & Company resides once contained a ballroom for concerts.
For Wright & Company, it was important to retain as much of the existing materials as possible. The original wainscoting and casings were restored and the owners saved as much of the original oak as they could, matching new oak molding where necessary to create a seamless look. The space features a tin ceiling, patina steel, leather, marble and wood. Natural light is paired with accent lighting during the day, and the light fixtures and floral arrangements create a nice play of shadows in the evening.
What kind of fare can you expect? Think small plates, fancy snacks and couture drinks. We kept it simple. Miranda and I shared a plate with whipped ricotta, preserved lemon, orange honey and figs. She had an adult beverage of gin, basil and mint. I had a sparkling drink (hey now, I’m on assignment). A resounding, “This tastes amazing,” was the general consensus.
Items you’ll find on the menu include sriracha chicken skewers with marinated cucumbers; warm dates with smoked bacon, gorgonzola and almonds; lime-poached shrimp with avocado mousse, cilantro and tomato relish; ditalini pasta with Italian sausage and a walnut crust; butterscotch pudding with crushed gingersnap cookies and lemon zest whipped cream, and more.
A binder of cocktail concoctions makes it difficult to choose a drink, as they have that signature Sugar House twist. A variety of non-alcoholic drinks are available, including espresso drinks, sparkling citrusade (my choice) and tea.
Miranda and I concluded that this is a chic place to grab a drink after work with friends, and also a classy place to bring a date to share small plates and conversation.
Wright & Company is open Monday – Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. – midnight, and Thursday – Saturday, 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. It is closed on Sundays. You can enter using the door on John R. Street until the creative alley entrance is opened. For more information, visit WrightDetroit.com or follow them on Facebook.
Check it out and let us know about your visit in the comments!