Shinola Hotel officially began its phased reopening last month, welcoming guests with enhanced sanitation and safety protocols. This month, the hotel’s beloved restaurant venues from James Beard award-winning Chef Andrew Carmellini of NoHo Hospitality Group will be reopening, bringing back some of the magic that has made Shinola Hotel such a destination for both visitors and the Detroit community alike.
“We’re eager and excited to welcome back our beloved guests,” said Sergio Maclean of Mac&Lo. “Our hotel is centered around community and we are committed to creating a safe space that doesn’t sacrifice experience.”
Upon arrival, hotel guests are greeted with complimentary “Wellness Kits” which include masks, gloves, individual sanitizing wipes, and Emergen-C packets. The hotel also features expedited mobile check in to skip the line in the lobby, convenient Safe Space Scanners to provide automatic non-contact temperature checks for all guests, and a discount for choosing to self-park instead of valet their car. The Living Room, the venue that serves as the heart of the hotel, will now host an intimate setting for a drink or meal exclusive to hotel guests, where maximum capacity will be 15. In-room dining will also be limited contact, as tables will be presented outside of guest room doors and team members will maintain a six-foot distance from guests when greeting and delivering. The hotel is continuing to use top-of-the-line cleaning products and CDC Level 2 encasements for bedding offering full protection of pillows, mattresses and duvets and conducting a deep clean between every stay. Guest luggage is also sanitized as soon as it is in a team member’s possession and again after being placed in the room. Team members are pre-screened, receive temperature checks throughout the day and will be equipped with masks, gloves and other necessary PPE.
The reopening of Chef Andrew Carmellini’s restaurants at the hotel reflects a hopeful turning point for the industry and marks the long awaited return of favorite menu items. While Carmellini has spent the last quarter-century in New York opening some of its most iconic restaurants (Locanda Verde, Bar Primi, The Dutch) his roots are in the Midwest. Shinola Hotel and his Southern Italian restaurant, San Morello, provided his first foray into the region that raised him.
“Now more than ever we’re seeing the importance of food in fostering connections and refuge from people’s daily lives,” Carmellini said. “In this reopening phase, we are excited to once again be providing just that and doing what we love for our guests in a safe and comfortable environment.”
Using local vendors such as Sheridan Acres and Bees in the D, his three venues at Shinola Hotel will reopen this month. Sanitation and safety protocols in line with Michigan’s state health guidelines such as staff wellness checks, face mask and social distancing requirements, and disinfecting surfaces between uses have been put in place at the restaurants, which include:
Southern Italian restaurant San Morello, which reopened on Tuesday, July 14 for 4 pm – 10 pm dinner service five days a week (Tuesday-Saturday). The urban neighborhood restaurant, which boasts expanded outdoor seating and renowned dishes such as sheep’s milk ricotta accompanied with hot honey & garlic and whole chicken “Rosalina,” will also kick off its weekend brunch on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26 from 10 am – 3 pm with dinner service being reintroduced on Sundays that evening as well. The restaurant will continue to offer to-go and delivery order service.
Detroit’s open-air American beer hall, The Brakeman, will be back serving Midwest craft brews on Wednesday, July 22 with a five day schedule (Wednesday-Sunday) and daily hours from 5 pm – 12 am.
Penny Red’s, the casual venue adjacent to The Brakeman, known for buckets of fried chicken, honey-butter biscuits and local farmstead sides, will also reopen on Wednesday, July 22 with a five day schedule (Wednesday-Sunday) and daily hours from 4 pm – 11 pm. The restaurant will continue to offer to-go and delivery order service.
In time for doors reopening, Shinola Hotel has launched the “Essential Stays for Essential Workers” package, offering a one-night VIP experience at an exclusive, never before offered, rate of $99 (normally $300+). The “thank you” is not only for healthcare workers, but also for firefighters, paramedics, postal workers, city transportation drivers, delivery service drivers and more. The VIP experience includes a one night stay in a Den room, which features a private lounge area, breakfast for two, an American-made Shinola journal and VIP amenities and services throughout their stay.
“We want to encourage our nation’s heroes to enjoy some well-deserved luxury with us,” Maclean explained.
Room rates start at $225 per night. For more information please visit www.shinolahotel.com.