Thursday, October 15, 2020

SavannahBlue owners to open 'speakeasy'-style craft cocktail lounge in downtown Detroit

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 2:50 PM

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  • Scott Spellman
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Though downtown Detroit fine-dining spot SavannahBlue did not pivot to carryout during the coronavirus stay-at-home order, as other restaurants have, and didn't reopen until nearly three months after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave dine-in restaurants the go-ahead to do so, the restaurant is reportedly in good shape.

The owners even have plans to expand, with plans to open a "speakeasy"-style cocktail lounge in the coming weeks.



Co-owner J.D. Simpson told the Detroit Free Press that they plan to open the lounge on the first floor of the building downtown where SavannahBlue has been located since it opened in 2016, on the second floor.

Simpson says they originally planned to open the cocktail lounge in May, after he says he was inspired by the lack of diversity he noticed in Detroit's craft cocktail scene. The new lounge will honor African Americans' legacy in cocktail culture, he says.

"What I started to see is: OK. We got a little spot in this — meaning African American culture has a significant history in this stuff," he says.

SavannahBlue is now open for dine-in and curbside pickup. It's located at 1431 Times Square, Detroit; 313-926-0783; savannahbluedetroit.com.

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