As if West Village wasn’t trendy enough with Craft Work, Detroit Vegan Soul, Sister Pie, Parker St. Market, etc., Chef-owner Greg Reyner is throwing his decade plus of experience into West Village with his announcement to open Geiger Eat Shop. Don’t expect this to be Café Muse V 2.0 either. As you’ll see from the press release below, Reyner will be bringing an “open kitchen concept” with a menu that will “draw on his family’s culinary history.”
Full press release below:
Café Muse Chef-Owner Grey Reyner to open new restaurant in Detroit’s West Village.
Restaurateur Greg Reyner, Chef and co-owner of Café Muse in Royal Oak, announces plans to open a new restaurant and bar concept, Geiger Eat Shop, in the West Village neighborhood in Detroit. The restaurant plans to open in the second quarter of 2016.
Named after the restaurant Reyner’s grandparents operated in the 1930s, Geiger Eat Shop will feature an open-kitchen concept with a 75-seat, full-service restaurant, opening to an outdoor patio area. A neighborhood bar is also planned for the space as well as private-dining in the lower level.
“I’m excited to draw on my family’s culinary history for inspiration of this restaurant,” Reyner said, “It’s a great way to honor the past while creating something new in Detroit.
The building, located at 8044 Kercheval Avenue, has been vacant for more than 25 years and will undergo a complete renovation. Geiger Eat Shop will occupy 3,000 square feet on the first floor, with a wall separating the restaurant space from the bar. Leased in April, renovations on the building have already begun.
Reyner is an avid supporter of Detroit and carefully chose the restaurant’s location.
“My goal is for Geiger Eat Shop to be an anchor in the community that attracts additional business and traffic to the area,” Reyner said. “We’re an avid supporter of the communities in which we operate, and recognize when a community thrives, we all win.”
A resident of Detroit, Reyner is currently restoring a Detroit Land Bank house in the Atkinson Avenue Historic District.
“Detroit is a true comeback story where anything is possible,” Reyner said.
While the menu is still being developed, the restaurant will feature locally sourced ingredients and employ sustainable practices.
“We strive to use as many local ingredients and Michigan-made products,” Reyner said. “The space itself is designed to feel sophisticated, yet comfortable and approachable. It will be unique to Detroit”
A serial entrepreneur, Reyner has co-owned Café Muse in Royal Oak, Mich. with his business partner for more than nine years. Previously, he was the chef-owner of TriBeCa Catering.