Nikita Sanches and Jessica Imbronone Sanches, owners of the treasured Rock City Eatery in Hamtramck, opened their long awaited new location in Midtown on Sept. 8.

“The menu is definitely going to expand because we can accommodate so much more,” Jessica said. “The kitchen is six times what we had before.”

The Rock City Eatery team announced their move after three solid years in Hamtramck with hopes to take their restaurant concept and hospitality to the next level.

“We really felt strongly that we wanted it to still feel like Rock City,” Jessica said of the new Midtown space. “So the vibe in the new space is going to be very reminiscent of what we’ve got going on now, but better,” she said.

The Midtown space, located at 4216 Woodward Ave. in the old Bangkok Cuisine location, is 3,600 square-feet as opposed to Hamtramck’s 1,600 square-foot space.

“It’s all really exciting and bittersweet,” Jessica said. “We’ve outgrown the space so much it’s kind of time.”

The new menu includes old favorites, pies and meaty plates, and stays true to the Rock City Eatery feel, but since their kitchen has grown dramatically, they’re excited to start expanding on the menu and offer more flavor. Actual ants, roasted grapes, lobster rolls and other more experimental dishes are available on the updated menu.

Family, friends and the community that Rock City Eatery has built have been helping them make this move work smoothly.

“If you’re not nervous than you’re not doing it right,” Jessica said. “It’s a big deal and of course we want to make sure that everything is perfect and we’ve done so well so far and this is just a natural progression for what we’ve built.”

The team wants you to know you’re at Rock City Eatery when you walk in, so there’s still an industrial and raw look, created with the help of their friend and owner of Ferndale’s Hudson Industrial, Dave Hudson.

“Nikita is a very hands-on guy and kind of a self-made sort of guy and I’m the same way,” Hudson said.  

The space features a 15-foot bar with a floor to ceiling shelving system behind and additional counter space for standing room and sitting room with benches made of wood and steel.

“It’s very raw and industrial,” Hudson said. “It has that kind of a gritty look to it.”

Check out the site at rockcityeatery.com and follow Rock City Eatery on Facebook and Instagram for menu updates, hours and more.

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