CORKTOWN, DETROIT – Ryan Gosling might reel you in, but the food will make you stay.
Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood welcomed a new member last fall. She goes by the name of Lady of the House. The “modern American restaurant and bar” is owned by Chef Kate Williams, formerly of Republic in Detroit.
The concept of the Lady of the House, which took over the old St. CeCe’s pub location, focuses on the idea of taking care of food and drinks with love and gratitude. Straight from the web site:
Lady of the House is someone many of us grew up with, rooted in our own families and homes. She’s the matriarch, the maternal archetype symbolizing warmth, hospitality, and pleasant control. She’s the person who taught us to cook, and host, in the same way that Chef Kate’s mother and grandmothers taught her as a child.
Rumor has it the dishware used in the restaurant is from her grandmother’s collection.
As for the dinner menu, Williams targets freshness and creativity by partnering with local farmers to source ingredients. It explains why you might not find some of the same dishes every time you visit. Upon last drop in, the menu included carrot bisque, steak tartare and — an homage to Detroit — corn dog rillette.
Looking for brunch? Lady of the House will start the service on Feb. 10.
Oh yeah, and that Ryan Gosling reference mentioned above? Check out the last few seconds of the video. The ladies get a nice welcoming when they go freshen up in the restroom.
Alas, eye candy.