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A5 Insider's Guide: Dennis Archer Jr.

A5 Insider’s Guide: Dennis Archer Jr.

Like his dad, Dennis Archer Jr. is helping to create a better Detroit but he’s doing it through business and brunch.

Serial entrepreneur and restaurateur, Dennis Archer Jr. opened Central Kitchen + Bar two years ago and pop-up restaurant, Cadillac Lodge two weeks ago. Central is a popular gastropub that looks onto Campus Martius. Cadillac Lodge is part of downtown’s winter transformation and offers a ski lodge escape in Cadillac Square. Dennis is at the center of the city’s action so we asked where he likes to eat, drink and play in Detroit.

EAT // Cutter’s Bar & Grill

Outside of the counter in my mother’s kitchen and Central Kitchen + Bar, I have many favorites depending on the days appetite.  I love Cutter’s in Eastern Market for the vibe, burger and Cutter’s punch, I love  Eddie Vargas’ craft cocktails and the fusion of Mexican and Italian at El Barzon.  Hygrade and Gateway are amazing Delis.  Detroit has so much to offer!!!

DRINK // Detroit Golf Club

I love to have a cool drink in a Cabana at the Detroit Golf Club before it gets crowded in the summers.  It’s a calming escape from my crazy days.

PLAY // Cadillac Square

My favorite places to play are the tennis courts at Detroit Golf Club with my kids, and my favorite place to watch folks play are the basketball courts alongside Cadillac Square.  You have lawyers from Honigman, employees from Quicken and kids from Detroit neighborhoods, all playing together, whether competitive games or Horse at lunchtime.  That’s what Detroit should be about.

EXPERIENCE // Central Kitchen + Bar

Detroit is welcoming, diverse, inspirational and innovative.  At Central we have guests from all walks of life, from different income strata, backgrounds and political positions.  We have staff from all parts of town, some transplants and some lifelong Detroiters.  Everyday a look across the room looks and feels authentic, it looks like Detroit.  Other places where I get this same vibe include Eastern Market on the weekends in the summer, the Riverfront during the summer, and the auto show during the days open to the public.

Detroit represents hope for entrepreneurs, opportunity for immigrants, dreams for kids, ability to lead for leaders, and for me, the ability to make change, provide an example to our youth, provide jobs for those that want them and a place to love and call home  for my kids. 

– Dennis Archer Jr.

Central Kitchen + Bar
Cadillac Square
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 1apm
Friday: 11am – 1am
Saturday: 10am – 1am
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Cadillac Lodge
Cadillac Square
Wednesday & Thursday: 4pm – 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 4pm – 12am
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm