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Wright & Company

1500 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Price Level:   
  • Open for: Dinner, Weekends, Late Night
  • Cards Accepted

Tags: cocktails, eat, wine, downtown, Small Plates, craft cocktails, gastropub, drink, wright-company, 9new

If you’re a fan of craft cocktails, magnificent wine, delectable food, or gorgeous restaurants, you’ll fall head over heels in love with Wright & Company on your first visit.

Located on the second floor of the Wright-Kay building at the corner of Woodward Ave and John R, Wright & Company officially opened on Monday, July 21. The building was designed by Gordon Lloyd and built in 1891 for the F. J. Schwankovsky Company, which sold musical instruments. The Wright-Kay jewelry company moved in when Schwankovsky went out of business, and occupied the building from 1920 to 1978.

Wright & Company can be a little tricky to find the first time if you’re not sure where to look. Although it’s address is on Woodward, the entrance is actually on John R. There’s not much in the way of signage, just a couple potted flowers flanking the first floor entrance and a “W” on the door.

Follow the geometric “W”s subtlety painted in the stairwells – a nod to the “WK” initials which were once etched into the building’s windows – until you hear the crescendoing harmony of conviviality and discourse emanating from the second floor gastropub.

The space itself is really beautiful. The front hall – flanked by antlers – gives way to a dining room with a gorgeous, shiny exposed tin ceiling and rich wood floors. A central row of sultry red leather banquettes runs the length of the dining room. You could sit at the bar, or grab a table along the windows on either the Woodward or John R side and watch the foot traffic passing by below.

In the evening, Wright & Company bustles with the atmosphere of a high energy supper club. Its extensive drink menu highlights craft cocktails and features an impressive wine list, and beer and cider by the bottle. The service team is professional, and they really know their stuff. If you don’t see something you love on the drink menu, ask any one of the bartenders to make you something off-menu.

You may recognize the proprietors Marc Djozlija and Dave Kwiatkowski from smash hits like as Sugar House (Dave is the owner) and the Wolfgang Puck restaurant at MGM Grand (Marc was the executive chef). Wright & Company is a fusion of all the best parts of their other endeavors.

The menu focuses on contemporary American small plates. Marc said they wanted to create a menu that was affordable: the kind of place you could eat twice a week, not a special occasion you’d have to save up for. Wright & Company’s bill of fare hits the mark with shareable plates like warm dates with smoked bacon, Gorgonzola, and almonds, and the sea scallops served with sweet corn, asparagus, and chive butter. The most expensive item – a seared beef shoulder served with horseradish puree and chimichurri sauce – tops out at $17.

Save room for dessert, served playfully in mason jars. We love the lemon cream with blueberries, graham crackers, and candied lemon.


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