New ownership to take over downtown Detroit's Anchor Bar this week

Dec 3, 2018 at 10:25 am
Burger and fries at the Anchor Bar. - Rob Widdis
Rob Widdis
Burger and fries at the Anchor Bar.

New owners on Tuesday will take over Downtown Detroit's Anchor Bar.

In July, bar owner Vaughn Derderian announced the building's sale to Zaid Elia, who owns both Parc in Campus Martius and 220 Merrill in Birmingham. The deal was expected to close for an undisclosed seven-figure price in late September, though an employee confirmed to Metro Times that the keys will be handed over on Tuesday. The bar will not temporarily close.

The Anchor is a watering hole that attracts journalists, cops, and workers in nearby federal buildings, and first opened in 1959 on Howard Street. It later moved to Fort and Fourth, Lafayette, then to its current location at 450 Fort St.

Elia previously said that he'll keep the Anchor intact with a few minor renovations, and keep some of the menu's popular items, but will add "some culinary twists." It's not immediately clear when these menu changes will roll out.

The Anchor Bar has no relation to the Buffalo, New York-based Anchor Bar that invented the Buffalo wing and opened its first Michigan location in Rochester Hills in September.

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