New Midtown Restaurant Is A Family Affair

What’s in a name? Everything if you are sisters Cristina and Stephanie Byrd, along with their cousin Leslie Byrd, who collectivity operate and manage the family owned business, The Grille Midtown located at 3919 Woodward Ave., Midtown’s newest restaurant. “It gets its namesake from the classic car grill artworks, automotive design renderings that adorn the walls and the location of the restaurant,” said Cristina Byrd, operations manager.
The Grille Midtown is part of a larger development project that encompasses the entire block (from the corner of Alexandrine Street and Woodward Avenue heading southward to Selden Street) called the Woodward Gardens Block Development Project. The project is anchored by the newly redeveloped entertainment venue the Garden Theater, a new luxury apartment development called 3901 Woodward Ave., retail and business space occupied by tenants Great Lakes Coffee Roast Company, Midtown Detroit Inc., Wayne State University, the Kresge Foundation Detroit office and soon Just Baked.
The Grille Midtown is a new American style restaurant offering upscale cuisine in a casual atmosphere.
By combining flavors from America’s melting pot with traditional techniques, The Grille Midtown’s cuisine includes ethnic twists on old world dishes such as the double-cut, lamb chops, marinated in lemon-oregano, chargrilled then served with a chimichurri sauce and garlic mashed potatoes.
“The grilled filet of salmon prepared with a sweet chili and soy glaze and topped with fresh tomatoes and baby arugula or the chicken pesto pasta prepared with a crispy seasoned panko breaded boneless chicken breast with roasted red peppers and served on a bed of angel hair pasta, fresh mozzarella and pesto cream sauce; is just a peak at what The Grille Midtown has to offer Detroit foodies.
“Kevin Browe, our executive chef at The Grille Midtown and his staff take great pride in being a ‘scratch kitchen’ where the freshest ingredients arrive daily and are prepared in-house,” said Stephanie Byrd marketing manager.
“We opened our doors with a soft-opening-menu-tasting just a few days before Thanksgiving, and with limited dinning hours — just serving dinner. However, based on popular demand we decided to start our lunch service a month early.
“Now you can enjoy our lunchtime menu which features many of our dinner dishes and including salads, sandwiches and burgers such as our Black and Bleu Chicken Sandwich, a spicy blackened chicken breast served with melted bleu cheese, tomatoes and arugula; our Mahi Mahi Tacos, pan-seared Mahi Mahi fish served with a citrus Napa cabbage slaw and a adobo pepper aioli or enjoy a nice bowl of our tomato soup, fire-roasted and blended with onions, garlic, fresh herbs, dry vermouth and served with a grilled-cheese crouton.”
The Grille Midtown is open for business Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
For more information on The Grille Midtown restaurant call (313) 832-0892 or visit online at

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