Food And Drinks

New Downtown Detroit Restaurant Olin From Holly McClain Opens September 25


Olin, an American-Mediterranean brasserie owned by restaurateur Holly McClain, is due to open its doors in downtown Detroit on Friday, September 25, a restaurant representative told Eater. The restaurant is located in the former PuppetArt Theater building at 25 E. Grand River Ave. located near the Shinola Hotel and has a dining service and a sister walk-in window called Twist, open next week for soft pretzels, cocktails, and takeaway ice cream floats.

McClain is from Downriver and attended cooking school in Chicago before opening several prestigious restaurants per publication, including Spring and Green Zebra. She was part of the team that brought the Highlands to the Renaissance Center last winter and is the wife of James Beard’s award-winning Chef Shawn McClain. Holly McClain selected Chef Andrew Shedden for the Olin’s kitchen, preparing dishes like potato and artichoke bravas, wood-burning cauliflower piccata, grilled squid and steak fries. The menu also features a selection of west and east coast oysters, served in two ways: wild mushroom pie, short rib burger, and chocolate tahini tart.

Twist, overlooking Parker’s Alley, offers soft pretzels in flavors like sesame sea salt and olives, as well as dessert versions like a glazed butterscotch. In addition to the dipping sauces for these pretzels, customers can also take away cocktails and ice cream carts filled with flavored seltzer.

Olin was designed by McIntosh Poris Associates and features half-moon stands with light brown upholstery and photo murals by artist Lisa Spindler. The restaurant has 13 seats at the bar, 20 in the lounge and 100 in the dining room. A cooking table peeks into the open kitchen. There will be no terrace seating available until next year, a restaurant representative confirmed to Eater.

Olin doesn’t initially open with takeaway options outside of Twist, although the restaurant’s website states that a takeaway menu will be available soon. Walk-ins are accepted, but reservations are also accepted through Resy. Large groups should reserve by phone. Diners can expect all of the standard safety protocols, including temperature checks and masks for staff and those who are not seated.

Olin opening menu

Olin is located at 25 E. Grand River Ave. (Twist is between Olin and the Shinola Hotel on Parker’s Alley); Open Tuesday to Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Brunch from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday; Website.

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Dusty Kennedy