Opening Night Preview – July 21, 2014
I had been waiting for the opening of Wright & Co. for months. I heard rumors about how great the space was going to be, and how some of the best bartenders and chefs in town were heading there. Wright & Co. is the brainchild of Dave Kwiatkowski of The Sugar House, and Marc Djozlija former executive chef of the MGM Grand Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. I had to go on opening night, and it did not disappoint. The second floor restaurant space is in the historic Schwankovsky Temple of Music building on Woodward, with a very discrete entrance on John R., the side street. The drama starts when the elevator door opens and you are greeted by the logo on a black-grey patina steel paneled wall illuminated from the sides. The densly dark metallic passage leads you to the equally dramatic Dining Room.
The Dining Room’s tall ceiling is clad with shiny decorative tin panels and crown moulding. The bar has a tall exposed brick sidewall, and a huge stormy sailing ship painting as the backdrop. The dining side has tall windows and a prized round table in the corner turret space. I was told by the owner that they are waiting on the chandelier this week to hang above that round table. The views from the second floor up and down Woodward Avenue are great.
The food as expected was top notch – even on opening night ( as you can see the perfect execution of my dishes in the photos, -and I assure you the taste was even better ). I had warm dates, snap pea salad, and lime poached shrimp.
And the drinks, well as you would expect from The Sugar House pedigree, were perfect. The stemware was really nice as well. Chris and Jason will make the perfect cocktail for you, and yes Jason can create the perfect citrus garnish to match.
I will be back, probably later this week…
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