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Detroit Foundation Hotel gets creative with indoor dining (kinda)


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  • Courtesy of the Detroit Foundation Hotel

What actually defines indoor dining is a question that restaurants across the country, and definitely here in Michigan, find it difficult to define.

Fully enclosed, heated buildings are popping up all over the Detroit metropolitan area as the Michigan Health Department restrictions on indoor eating remain in place for at least a little longer. Igloos and tents are popular alternatives that allow small groups to eat all together in one room, with limited interaction with other guests or waiters.

This idea was carried over to a new concept for the Foundation Hotel in downtown Detroit. The boutique hotel transforms up to 10 of its suites Thursday through Saturday into an intimate dining experience for small groups of up to six guests.

“During the difficult months of 2020, we have been trying to find safe and diverse ways to provide hospitality, food and some form of relief to our guests,” said Chef Thomas Lents in a statement.

Guests have the option of ordering directly from the hotel’s flagship restaurant, the Apparatus Room, or a 5-course Chef’s Choice menu that is delivered directly and safely to a private dining room.

The experience isn’t cheap. A reservation and sanitization fee of $ 50 is automatically applied to the reservation. The Chef’s Choice menu starts at $ 85.

“The private restaurant suites allow us to offer our regular equipment room menu in a safe and private experience,” said Lents. “Before 2020, it had always been my goal to get people out of their hotel rooms into the beautiful equipment room. Now we’ve turned it around. Our goal is to bring as much equipment as possible into the dining suites. ”

Dinner in the Foundation Hotel Suite is a nice option for the Christmas break or New Years Eve. The posh rooms offer a shimmering view of the city center and the ambience is second to none.

The experience is a touch of luxury that many of us crave after spending nearly a year indoors in sweatpants.

“For a few hours you can get away from it all, enjoy good food and drink in a safe and private environment,” said Lents. “One day we will all be able to meet again, but right now we think this is a great way to enjoy a vacation night.”

The Christmas and New Year’s Eve menus include five courses with optional wine pairings, available exclusively on public holidays.

The Detroit Foundation Hotel is located at 250 W. Larned St., Detroit; 313; Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.

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Dusty Kennedy