-4,000 square foot Detroit location to be Mexican eatery’s first outside of Big Apple
-70 new full-time employees to be hired
March 8, 2016 [DETROIT] – Famous for their award-winning burritos and bowls, tacos, enchiladas, craft cocktails and more, New York City-based Mexican restaurant Calexico today announced it will open its first location outside of New York in the One Campus Martius building (1040 Woodward Avenue) in downtown Detroit, becoming the newest addition to Detroit’s burgeoning food and beverage scene. The restaurant plans to hire approximately 70 full-time employees.
The 4,000 square foot restaurant and bar will open in the highly sought after retail space at the corner of Woodward and Gratiot Avenues which formerly housed Olga’s Kitchen. The landmark building is owned by Bedrock Real Estate Services and Meridian Health.
“Calexico’s food is legendary in New York and we are excited to bring the restaurant’s fresh, authentic and satisfying flavor to downtown Detroit,” said franchise owner, Randy Dickow. “We know the delicious food, craft cocktails and festive atmosphere will make Calexico a dining destination and favorite hangout spot for the tens of thousands of workers, residents and visitors downtown.”
Calexico is the fourth downtown Detroit restaurant venture for Dickow. He also owns Freshii at 1001 Woodward Avenue, Lunchtime Global in the First National Building at 660 Woodward Avenue and Sweet Lorraine’s Mac n’ Cheez! in the Renaissance Center.
“Randy and his restaurants are longtime Bedrock tenants and he always has his finger on the pulse of the food and beverage scene. When he came to us with this concept we immediately went to New York to try it,” said Dan Mullen, Executive Vice President of Bedrock Real Estate Services. “After meeting the Vendley brothers, learning the story behind Calexico and experiencing their great food, we knew it would be a perfect fit for our unique collection of restaurants and retail shops on Woodward Avenue and adjacent streets.”
The Calexico restaurant chain was founded in 2006 by three brothers, Jesse, Brian and Dave Vendley, who began with a food cart and several family recipes. Their cooking gained a big following in the nation’s culinary capital and earned Calexico two Vendy Awards (considered the “Oscars” of street food). The growing chain now includes three food carts and four restaurants across Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Named for a border town between California and Mexico, Calexico combines Mexican flavors with elements of southern barbecue. The menu features appetizers, salads, bowls, entrees, side dishes and sauces, made from scratch daily, including Calexico’s sweet, smoky ‘crack sauce,’ served with burritos, beer battered fish, quesadillas, tacos, and more.
Chef Derrick Rassam, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and the Art Institute of Michigan, will serve as executive chef. Rassam previously opened and developed the creative menu at Mad Hatter Bistro & Tea Room in Birmingham. There will be new menu options only available in Detroit, as well as specialty drinks and other selections.
“Detroit is known across the country as one of America’s hot food cities, and we look forward to adding to that already impressive reputation by bringing our California-Mexican fusion cuisine to the Central Business District,” said David Vendley, one of Calexico’s founders. “We’re blown away by the energy and excitement downtown and we love the fact that the restaurant is close to Campus Martius Park, so many vibrant office buildings and their thousands of active and hungry workers. This new Calexico location will be at the center of it all.”
The restaurant will seat approximately 130 people and will be open seven days a week serving lunch, dinner, and brunch on weekends. Construction is expected to begin in April on the space designed by nationally known local restaurant architect John Janviriya. Calexico is slated to open this summer.
In addition to Calexico, One Campus Martius houses several other restaurants including Hard Rock Café, Texas de Brazil, Tim Horton’s, and Detroit Water Ice Factory, plus retail shops, a fitness center, and a daycare facility. Signature office tenants include Quicken Loans, Meridian Health, Plante Moran, Compuware, Benzinga, and Bedrock Real Estate Services.
The new restaurant will have access to Rocket Fiber, Detroit’s high speed internet provider, and is along the future route of the M-1 RAIL in close proximity to numerous other restaurants and retailers including: Moosejaw, John Varvatos, House of Pure Vin, Wright & Company, Freshii, Lunchtime Global, 7 Greens, Punch Bowl Social, Central Kitchen + Bar, Roasting Plant, Escape the Room, Townhouse and more.
International retailers Nike and Kit + Ace are expected to open within walking distance to Calexico on Woodward Avenue during 2016 along with Avalon International Breads and Vault of Midnight, opening at 1226 Library Street.
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Calexico is a New York City-based restaurant group that has been operating food trucks and restaurants since 2006. Founded by three brothers from the border town of Calexico, California, Calexico’s food combines the flavors of Mexico with elements of Southern Barbecue. Everything is made from scratch daily, and always with a focus on freshness that is the hallmark of Californian cuisine. Calexico has won numerous awards including two Vendy Awards (considered the “Oscars” of street food).
For more information, visit www.calexico.net.
About Bedrock Real Estate Services
Detroit-based Bedrock Real Estate Services is a full-service real estate firm specializing in acquiring, leasing, financing, developing and managing commercial and residential space. Since its founding in 2011, Bedrock has located more than 150 office and retail tenants to Detroit’s technology-centric downtown. In addition, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested nearly $2.2 billion in acquiring, renovating and developing 85+ properties in downtown Detroit totaling nearly 14 million square feet.
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