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Artist Spotlight: Alanna St. Laurent

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s a drone! If you happen to see a drone camera around downtown Detroit, there’s a good chance it belongs to local photographer Alanna St. Laurent.

 

The Detroit artist is always trying out innovative and new ways to take photographs, and drone photography has recently captured her passion.

 

Up in the Air

 

 

Alanna’s GMRENCEN Instagram takeover will focus on her drone photography, highlighting different parts of the Detroit skyline – a medium she’s started exploring since it was invented. She’s looking for different vantage points to find new detail in her images as her camera hovers hundreds of feet above street level.

 

She learned the trade from friends, but that’s not to say it’s an easy skill to pick up. Like with anything, there’s a learning curve when it comes to drone photography.

 

“It’s a whole different playing field up there. You can take pictures straight down from where the drone is, an entire 90 percent angle, or you can focus the camera up 30 degrees for the shot you want. It’s taken a bit of time but I’m enjoying exploring the skyline with the drone. There are so many possibilities with it,” Alanna said.

 

She particularly loves flying the drones near the tops of tall skyscrapers – especially Detroit towers that were built in the 1920s. With her drone, she can zoom in on technical, architectural and artistic features at the crown of each building – a scene that would be nigh impossible without a drone.

 

Professional Career

 

 

Alanna started taking photography classes when she was an advisor at the College for Creative Studies in 2007 and fell in love with the medium. That passion has never left her, and she regularly explores Detroit, and the country, searching for new ways to “see” a scene, skyline or setting.

 

She now sells print copies of her photographs on her website and features her images at rotating art fairs in and around Metro Detroit.

 

Alanna thinks of abandoned buildings as “the Wild West” because no building is ever the same, and she never knows what she’s going to find. She now leads photography workshops in and around Detroit. The forward-thinking photographer’s sessions are designed for newly burgeoning photographers as they learn the trade and focus with architectural and cityscape photography. The workshops also bring local photographers together to capture some of Detroit’s most photographic events.

 

She’s grown her industry reputation over the years and now is a full-time photographer, and leads her own business, which was always a goal of hers.

 

Follow Alanna over the next two weeks on our Instagram as she shows us Detroit from the sky.

 

Alanna St. Laurent lives in Ferndale. Follow her on Instagram at @alannastlaurentphoto or visit her online portfolio at alannastlaurent.com to see Detroit through her lens.

MeditationWorks: Detroit’s Mobile Meditation Studio

By: MeditationWorks

 

“It has been the single most important reason for my success,” says Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates, one of the largest hedge funds in the world. His “key” to success is something many would not expect.

 

Doing nothing? Yes, the billionaire says. Meditation has been a distinct driver of his great achievements. And there are countless success stories just like his, which is why meditation is quickly becoming an offering Detroit companies provide their employees. So, they can stay competitive. And it makes sense. What do you think happens when you have a company full of people as focused, productive and driven as Ray Dalio? You make more money.

 

We, Detroit-based startup MeditationWorks, realized this in 2015 but knew businesses wouldn’t implement meditation unless it was inexpensive and simple. So, we created the first ever mobile meditation studio!

 

We pull our mobile meditation studio right up to your company’s doorsteps and supply quick 10-minute guided meditation sessions for groups of employees on a weekly basis.

 

Fun fact, MeditationWorks does a free first session for companies in Metro Detroit and you can apply yours for one here.

 

 

What is it that makes meditation so attractive to Detroit corporations like Magna, Doner, Rock Ventures and the Mike Morse Law Firm, among others? Here are four no fluff ways meditation improves a business’ bottom line:

 

1. Meditation increases employee productivity and focus

 

In today’s day and age, lack of productivity and turnover are HUGE expenses for companies. Think about it. One minute, you’re compiling a report for your boss and then all of the sudden, you get a text from your friend asking about dinner. You answer, and then five minutes later you realize you’re still on your phone because an Instagram notification sucked you into your feed. It is becoming more and more apparent that technology and connectivity have been counterproductive in terms of our productivity. Meditation is a proven practice to help people improve focus, increase productivity, and stay on track in our world of distractions. Increased productivity = more output and efficiency = more revenue.

 

“Since I’ve been meditating, I not only get more done than I used to, but I also make fewer mistakes. That’s the ultimate stress reduction for me! Honestly, the 15-minute break has given me hours back in my day.” – Nate Segall, Director of Special Projects at Rock Ventures LLC

 

The proof: Aetna reportedly saw employees gain 62 more minutes per week in productivity (an estimated $3,000/employees per year) after implementing meditation with their staff.

 

 

2. Meditation increases employee compassion

 

Companies try so hard to create “great cultures” and happy work environments, but when you really think about it, a good culture is defined by one simple thing: relationships. AKA, do your employees enjoy working with each other? Meditation significantly increases an individual’s compassion. Good culture = less turnover = less expenses.

 

The proof: A study by Northeastern University found that people who meditate were 50 percent more likely to help another person.

 

3. Meditation decreases healthcare costs

 

It’s a logical thought process. If employees meditate and are more aware of how they are feeling, they are more aware of their health and the choices they make, which is why people who meditate tend to improve/maintain their health. Healthier employees = lower health care costs.

 

“I went into a meditation session with a horrible headache and left feeling amazing. This stuff really works.” – MeditationWorks participant at Motor City Casino

 

The proof: Back to the Aetna study, they found that implementing meditation decreased their health care claims by 7 percent, or $9 million.

 

 

4. Meditation increases an employee’s emotional control

 

Work is hard and stressful. It always will be. However, we make the choice of how we react to this stress. Meditation is a proven way to decrease reactivity, both towards emotions and situations. Less reactivity = less mistakes = less expenses.

 

The proof: Alak Vasa, a former Trader at Goldman Sachs and Founder of Element Truffles, said, “There was this one instance where the market tanked and there was panic on the desk. The trading desk was an organized riot. Thanks to my meditation practice, I was able to keep my composure and propose solutions to reduce the impact of the market crash.” There have been studies that show meditation decreases anxiety, which allows people to be more in control of their emotions during intense situations.

 

Want MeditationWorks at your company?

 

If you live in the Detroit area, MeditationWorks makes it very easy and inexpensive for you to implement mindfulness meditation training in your workplace.  Again, we offer companies a free first session and you can apply yours for one here.

 

The bottom line is that pizza parties, pool tables, 50 percent off gym memberships and kegs in the office rarely influence an individual’s wellness. So, to be straight forward, stop wasting your money and invest in a wellness effort that Ray Dalio would confidently tell you offers the best return on your investment: meditation.

Celebrate World Water Day at the GMRENCEN

The Detroit River and other bodies of water play a huge part in our ecosystem, and the GMRENCEN has a unique relationship with the Detroit Riverfront and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. In 2004, General Motors donated the property along the river to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, as part of their commitment to the ongoing beautification and preservation of the riverfront.

 

March 22nd is World Water Day and the GMRENCEN encourages all building tenants and visitors to show support through education, awareness and action.

 

Get to Know the Detroit River

 

 

The Detroit River is 28 miles long and serves as the international border between Canada and the United States.  The river connects to Lake St. Clair and the Upper Great Lakes to Lake Erie, and is one of the busiest waterways in the world. In its early years, heavy traffic and urbanization on its shores led the river to become very polluted. Due to conservation efforts – including pollution cleanup, shoreline restoration and the creation of spawning reefs – the Detroit River has become an attractive place for wildlife.

 

Today, the river is home to fish such as walleye, smallmouth bass and yellow perch. Arrays of birds stay nearby in spring and summer to feed on the fish. The river has become a popular hunting ground for both bald eagles and peregrine falcons. The most recent wildlife residents of the river are beavers, which have returned after disappearing from the area almost 75 years ago.

 

The Detroit River is much more than a large body of water. It is home to wildlife, a communication and business channel and a major Detroit attraction. The Detroit River is a hot spot for events and activities year round. Whether it be kayaking, boat tours, concerts, or fairs, the river is a favorite place for Detroit locals and visitors.

 

The GMRENCEN is proud to be neighbors and partners of the Detroit River and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

 

The GMRENCEN Works to Conserve Resources

 

The GMRENCEN provides resources like TenantConnect, which provides access to purchasing cost-effective, environmentally sensitive supplies and services. Besides recommending behaviors that reduce overhead and office consumption, building management offers a recycling program that can be customized to any office type or size, and provides guidance on the proper disposal of assorted waste, including electronics.

 

Ways You Can Help Aid in Water Conservation

 

  • Keep a shower bucket. Don’t waste water waiting for it to heat up. Place unused water in a bucket for later use, like watering the grass or cleaning.
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving. The average American waste 5 gallons of water by keeping their water running.
  • Use a reusable bottle. Reduce your carbon footprint and say goodbye to plastic.

Tenants and visitors can grab a reusable water bottle right here inside the GMRENCEN:

 

 

GM Company Store

 

 

The GM Company Store has a reusable water bottle for every car lover.

 

Coffee Beanery

 

 

Coffee Beanery carries reusable Calypso water bottles which keep drinks hot for 12 hours, and cold drinks cold for 24 hours.

 

Starbucks

 

 

Starbucks knows florals are always a spring favorite and now you can have them on your reusable water bottle. The coffee powerhouse also carries a line of reusable coffee cups and iced coffee cups that are perfect for any day.

 

Andrew’s Downtown Detroit

 

 

Andrew’s Downtown Detroit carries fun florescent colored water bottles, equipped with straws for the perfect sip. Visit Andrew’s in the Millender Center today to get one!

 

Calumet Market & Spirits

 

 

Calumet Market & Spirits has reusable water bottles to cheer on your favorite Detroit sports team.

 

How else do you conserve water? Let us know in the comments.

Rediscover the GMRENCEN with a Free Guided Tour

The GMRENCEN is so large, 5.5 million square feet to be exact, that it has its own zip code. The size alone is a reason to want to take advantage of the free guided tours offered twice daily, Monday through Friday. Add in the continuous renovations and rich history of the building and the tour is a must-do on any visit to Detroit.

 

If you’re wondering what you would see and learn about during the one-hour tour, here is a small breakdown of what your tour could look like—as all tours do vary.

 

Meet Your Your Guide

 

 

The one-hour tour begins at the Jefferson Lobby located at the front entrance of the GMRENCEN on Level 1. Once you arrive at the front desk, preferably 10 minutes prior to the tour departure, you will sign in and meet your tour guide. This individual is a wealth of knowledge about not only the GMRENCEN, but also the community surrounding it.

 

One of the well-known tour guides, Frank Gasiorek, has been guiding GMRENCEN tours since 2007. His passion for the history of the building and its growth is evident from the moment you meet him.

 

Experience the World of GM

 

 

The newest renovation to the building is the redesigned showroom, christened GM World. The space is occupied by one of the largest vehicle turn tables in the world, the most current GM vehicle models and 5,000 square feet of digital screens. Tour guests have the opportunity to speak with a GM product specialist about the current vehicles and ask any questions they may have.

 

Fun fact: The overall theme, vehicle and images in GM World will change throughout the year, so keep coming back to see all the updates.

 

Take a Step Back in Time

 

 

The GMRENCEN offers plenty of opportunities to learn about the history of GM and its impact on the city of Detroit. One of the newly renovated spaces that allows you to learn more about GM’s legacy is right in the Jefferson Lobby, where you first begin your journey in the building.

 

See the City from a Unique Perspective

 

 

The tour offers a few ways to catch an incredible glimpse of the downtown area.  One of them includes viewing the scale model of Detroit, which is located inside the Jefferson Lobby. This model allows you to see the Riverfront, all the towers in a one-mile radius, city parks and the Detroit People Mover.

 

See the World’s Largest Vertical Glass Sculpture

 

 

Danny Lang, an artist from England, was commissioned to make this magnificent piece. The “Borealis,” or Northern Lights, is composed of 1,250 pieces of glass and took 10 weeks to assemble. On the tour, guests have the opportunity to see the sculpture up close, allowing you to see each individual piece of glass come together. The glass sculpture is just one of the breathtaking art pieces in the GMRENCEN.

 

Walk the Circulation Ring

 

 

It’s hard to believe, but the 1/8 mile glass circulation ring was not installed into the building until 1999. A walk around the second floor circulation ring allows guests to see GM World from above and a clear view of the gigantic screens. Tour guides will help you find some “hidden” images along the way!

 

Fun fact: Each glass piece in the ring weighs 400 pounds!

 

Discover the Wintergarden

 

 

This popular spot filled with restaurants, lots of seating and even palm trees was once a parking garage! The renovation came in 2001, as GM continued their commitment to enhance the GMRENCEN for all tenants and visitors. During the tour, the guide will explain more about the transformative space and all the benefits it has to building guests and employees. After your tour, this is a perfect spot to take a seat and relax for a bit.

 

Learn about GM’s Impact on the Community

 

 

As you are guided through the Wintergarden, you will discover four canvases on the second floor with a deeper meaning. Each of the canvases is color coded to an office tower and explains how General Motors is a company that does much more than just make cars. For the meanings, you will have to take the tour!

 

Adventure Outside

 

 

Depending on the weather in Detroit, the tour may also include a visit to the GM Plaza on the Riverfront and the Beaubien Garage rooftop. The GM Plaza is part of the RiverWalk, which is being developed to span from the Ambassador Bridge on the west side of the city to the MacArthur Bridge on the east side of the city. The continuous upkeep of the plaza and Riverfront allow for guests and employees to enjoy the river by taking advantage of the walkway and views.

 

The Beaubien Garage rooftop is as alive as the Riverfront—covered with an ever-growing garden and honeybee hives. The space allows GM to further their commitment to create sustainable solutions and to improve the communities in which it is located.

 

Fun fact: There are two honeybee hives in the rooftop garden, which help pollinate the gardens and produce Detroit honey, tomatoes, beans and peppers.

 

Visit the GM Company Store

 

 

Your personal journey through the GMRENCEN will always end in the GM Company Store. The store sells Chevrolet, Buick, GM and Cadillac officially licensed merchandise, making it the perfect spot to grab a souvenir on your way out.

 

Interested in taking the GMRENCEN Tour and seeing the new renovations in person? Join Frank, or one of the other tour guides, Monday through Friday at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Jefferson Lobby. Let us know what you think of the tour in the comments!

 

Have you taken the GMRENCEN tour before? Let us know what your favorite part of the tour was in the comments.

Innovation Lives at GM World

GM World is open and ready for business! The new showroom spans across all concourse levels in the public area and features new General Motors vehicles, creative meeting spaces, interactive displays and so much more. The updated space reflects GM’s innovative brands, products, technologies and services in ways it couldn’t before.

 

Digital Screens

 

 

The gigantic and impressive digital screens in GM World make you feel like you’re in the video. Some large statistics: the 5,000 square feet of screens equal the size of two full-size tennis courts and weigh more than 40,000 pounds, which is roughly the size of a Greyhound bus. More than 300 HDMI cables and 150,000 watts of audio round out the digital experience.

 

Meeting Space

 

 

New seating and gathering areas inside and above GM World capture a sense of creativity, simplicity and cutting-edge thinking that hums throughout the space. GM employees, GMRENCEN tenants, and visitors can use the seating area on Level A and the pods on Level 1 as an informal meeting space or casual dining option.

 

Curated Displays

 

 

GM World features curated displays on the central turntable that will change throughout the year. The first display is a celebration of the Chevrolet Truck Centennial that extends out to the Jefferson Lobby and incorporates trucks from the GM Heritage Center. The updated technology in the space will allow GM to tell stories in a more engaging and interactive way.

 

Product Specialists

 

 

Since GM World is still a showroom, product specialists are available to talk about the technical and design elements of each vehicle. Find a product specialist at the new customer service desk or roaming the floor, if you have questions about the vehicles.

 

Customer Service Desk

 

 

The GMRENCEN customer service desk has relocated to GM World. Don’t worry though, it didn’t move far. You can now find the customer service desk and customer service representatives about twenty yards further back in GM World. If you have questions about restaurants, directions or the history of the building feel free to stop by.

 

New Tours

 

 

Come one, come all! With the opening of GM World we’ve also updated the tour. The official GMRENCEN tour now meets and starts at the Jefferson Lobby and includes GM World. Learn about how it was constructed, why the space was updated and the new technology while of course visiting all of your other favorite GMRENCEN features. Tours are still offered at 12 and 2 p.m. weekdays.

 

 

The GM World renovation looks beautiful and we’re excited to include it among our other GMRENCEN building features. What is your favorite part of GM World? Let us know in the comments!

Your Photo Here (in the GMRENCEN!) Contest

Calling all professional and amateur Detroit photographers!

 

Be part of GMRENCEN history by entering our first-ever building artwork contest. Your photograph of the GMRENCEN could be featured inside our very own walls. Fall or spring, rain or shine, dawn or sunset, we want to see photos you have taken of the building so we can feature them from floor-to-ceiling inside the building.

 

How the Contest works

 

Photographers are invited to submit their photos starting at 8 a.m. on Oct. 9, 2017 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2017. After the submission period, the public will be invited to vote on their favorite submissions. The winning photographers will be contacted and asked to provide a 100-word ‘About the Artist’ biography before installation takes place.

 

 

Contest Stipulations

 

  • The GMRENCEN must be in the photograph.
  • Participants must submit images online and agree to the official rules: http://bit.ly/2xwGPT3
  • Uploaded photos must be a minimum of 3mb and 300ppi.

 

Winning photographers will receive photo credit for the image, and their photos will feature a 150-word ‘About the Artist’ biography next to the image.

 

 

Prizes

 

In addition to having their photograph featured inside the building, winning photographers will be invited to a special unveiling of the artwork.

 

Do you know someone whose work should be featured inside the building? Share this blog with them!

Summer Heats Up On the Plaza

Days might be getting shorter, but summer On the Plaza is just heating up as fresh foods and hoppin’ music continue to rock On the Plaza in August. Everything from creative catchy songs to locally grown Detroit produce will grace the GM Plaza this month.

 

Here’s a preview of August events On the Plaza:

 

 

Eastern Market

 

Need produce for dinner but don’t want to stop at the grocery store? Eastern Market has you covered. The oldest and largest open-air market in Michigan will return to the GM Plaza with locally grown produce every Tuesday, in August from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Catch the market that empowers a “healthier, wealthier and happier Detroit” On the Plaza all month.

 

 

Yoga

 

Rooftop Yoga is returning weekly with RenCen Fitness instructor Yoga Dan, so be sure you’re stretched and ready to participate every week. If you’re interested in lunchtime Rooftop Yoga, classes will start at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 9 and Aug. 16. For those of you who love to relax after work, classes will start at 5 p.m. on Aug. 23 and Aug. 29. Register for classes today.

 

 

Johnny Stevenson

 

Johnny Stevenson will rock On the Plaza with hard-hitting guitar solos and invigorating vocals on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Make sure to take a break from work to listen to this crooner’s rock and roll stylings.

 

Nick & Keelan

 

Be sure to request your favorite song from Nick and Keelan when they’re On the Plaza Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., because they specialize in hits. The acoustic duo will perform songs from all generations, so be outside to hear your favorites.

 

 

Jake Reichbart & Sarah D’angelo

 

Up and coming jazz favorites Jake Reichbart and Sarah D’angelo will serenade guests On the Plaza Thursday, Aug. 17. Sarah has performed all over Michigan and the Midwest including the Michigan Jazz Festival and the Mackinac Island Jazz Festival. Jake is a recipient of WEMU-FM’s Emily Remler scholarship for best jazz guitarist. Catch their sultry tunes On the Plaza from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

 

 

Amy Andrews

 

Returning for the second time this summer, Amy Andrews returns to play twangy bluegrass on Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On the Plaza. Her sound has been described as “the perfect marriage of Alison Krauss purity and Patty Griffin soul.”

 

 

The Alex Guthrie Band

 

Imagine for a moment the lovechild of Marvin Gaye, Ray LaMontagne, Vulfpeck, and John Mayer; you now know Alex Guthrie and his band. Blending soulful vocals, story-rich lyrics and the organic synergy of the 70’s southern blues bands, The Alex Guthrie Band performs some of the most well-known music of our time. They’re taking over the GM Plaza on Thursday, Aug. 24 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

 

 

One Love Reggae

 

One Love Reggae returns to On the Plaza on Tuesday, Aug. 29 for an encore performance full of colorful music and island vibes. This steel drum band will play all of your favorite happy, fun songs so be sure to stop by between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Nicole New

 

Known for a sound all of her own, Detroiter Nicole New will share her creative talents with guests On the Plaza Thursday, Aug. 31. Nicole combines jazz, opera and pop styles to recreate older songs in a new fashion.

 

What event are you most looking forward to in August? Let us know in the comments!

Tenant Profile: Joe Muer Seafood

Joe Muer Seafood is a paradise for the true seafood lover and if you haven’t been, you have to experience their delectable food for yourself. Voted Hour Detroit’s Best Seafood Restaurant of 2016 and 2015, we’re proud to have this Detroit-based restaurant right here in the GMRENCEN.

 

Joe Muer has a Bloomfield Hills location but nothing beats the Detroit River view the GMRENCEN location offers. The restaurant is located on Level 1 in Tower 400 and is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday 4 p.m. to midnight and Sunday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. To find out more about this Detroit gem, we spoke to Lee Wasik, manager of Joe Muer.

 

What products and services do you offer?

 

Lee explained that, since 1929, Joe Muer consistently provides classic and gourmet seafood dishes. Guests can enjoy fresh shucked oysters at the Raw Bar, hand rolled sushi at the Sushi Bar or socialize at their one-of-a-kind Piano Bar. For a more private dining experience, Joe Muer offers three exclusive dining spaces perfect for parties or business meetings.

 

 

What is your favorite dish?

 

Joe Muer has an expansive menu, including lunch, dinner and Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For a posh dinner affair, Lee suggests trying the Dover Sole a la Meuniere – a classic French fish pan fried in butter and served in a brown butter sauce with parsley and lemon.

 

Seating at Joe Muer Seafood.

 

What is your favorite part about being in the GMRENCEN?

 

Lee loves how close the restaurant is to the Detroit River. She encourages everyone to enjoy at least one meal on their patio to soak in the beautiful view with a tasty cocktail and homemade dish.

 

 

How are you reflecting a new Detroit?

 

Lee says Joe Muer reflects a new Detroit everyday by offering modern and classic dishes to everyone who walks through the door. Joe Muer has provided gourmet meals to Detroiters for more than 80 years and they don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

Visit Joe Muer for happy hour, dinner or try their new weekly Sunday brunch. What is your favorite dish at Joe Muer? Tell us in the comments below!

Break Bread with Panera in Detroit

The GMRENCEN keeps getting better! If you have walked through the GMRENCEN within the past few months then you’ve probably noticed the new updates and coming soon signs throughout the building. With Granite City Food & Brewery’s launch this past February, the newly renovated Presto Gourmet Deli , and the Wintergarden revamp, the GMRENCEN isn’t done yet! Are you ready for Panera Bread?

 

Panera Bread Bakery

 

At last Panera Bread lovers will rejoice because having a tasty pastry with a warm cup of coffee in the morning will no longer mean a drive to Grosse Pointe, the nearest Panera location to Downtown Detroit.

 

Panera Bread

 

With a 70 plus seating area for conferences, to big office lunch groups, Panera has their arsenal of snacks and salads locked and loaded. Coming in at 4,429 sq ft and equipped with state of the art Panera 2.0 technology, there is no reason not to get your fix during a hectic day!

 

Panera 2.0 Technology

 

Panera’s 2.0 technology is here to curb your lunchtime woes, created to improve service and convenience for their customers with just a simple click making ordering lunch the easiest part of your day.

 

Panera Technology

 

Experience the greatness that is Panera 2.0 by downloading Panera’s mobile app to unlock cool features like:

  • Custom ordering
  • Mobile payments
  • Fast-lane kiosks
  • Rapid-Pick Up service (for to-go meals)

 

Panera Fast Lane Kiosk

 

Panera Bread’s official hours are Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

Grab one of Panera’s delicious soups and cure your craving today!  Until then take a look in our gallery… warning you will get hungry!

 

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What’s on Tap for the New Detroit Granite City Food & Brewery

A sample (or flight, if you will) of the beer and cocktail selection, food menu and atmosphere of the new Detroit Granite City Food & Brewery. Doors open to the public Wednesday, February 10 at 11 a.m.

 

What the opening means to Granite City Food & Brewery:

– The restaurant and brewery marks the chain’s 35th location

– It’ll be their largest location to date, stretching 16,000 square feet

– Detroit will be the first to showcase their re-vamped cocktail menu

 

What it means to the city:

– Once open, it will mean breweries in Detroit will have doubled in a year’s time

– Its Jefferson facing entrance will give visitors a unique dining perspective

 

Now to the good stuff:

 

 

Beer

Seeing as Granite City is predominantly a brewery, expect many of the taps to house their own brews.

Brewery Room at Granite City Food & Brewery Detroit

 

Granite City Food & Brewery Batch 1000

 

 

 

Five on-site fermentation tanks will serve up GCB favorites like The Northern, Prairie Vixen, The Bennie, The Duke, Batch 100 and Broad Axe. They’re also planning a seasonal rotating menu, including a 48243 small-batch series available at the GMRENCEN location only. First brew of the series – a Spanish Cedar Double IPA – available starting February 10, while supplies last.

Granite City Food & Brewery The 48243 Double IPA
Fun fact: The GMRENCEN is so big it has its own zip code – which happens to be 48243

 

Other local brews on-tap include Short’s Soft Parade, Dragonmead Final Absolution, Brewery Vivant’s Big Red Coq, Blake’s Flannel Mouth Hard Cider, Founder’s Porter and Greenbush Brewing’s Anger.

Granite City Food & Brewery Growlers

It’s also worth mentioning that Granite City beer is only available at Granite City Food & Brewery locations (in Michigan at least) so if you’re looking to enjoy a cold one at home – grab a growler starting at $30.

 

 

Cocktails

The revamped cocktails menu highlight favorites like their Juicy Watermelon Martini, Black Cherry Old Fashioned, The Flying Monkey, and Blood Orange Bourbon Sour. If you think they look good, wait till you taste them.

Granite City Food & Brewery Cocktails

 

 

Food

Like most things at the new Detroit restaurant, the menu has been specially crafted to cater to the location. We recommend trying one of EVERYTHING.

Granite City Asian Chicken Salad
Asian Chicken Salad

 

Granite City Bedda Chedda Burger
Bedda Chedda Bacon Burger

 

Granite City Jumbo Sea Scallops
Jumbo Sea Scallops

 

Granite City Ribeye
Ribeye

 

 

 

 

Atmosphere

The space features warm, wood polished stone accents, unique lighting fixtures and as a nod to its new home, automotive-inspired artwork.

Granite City Food & Brewery Detroit

 

Granite City Food & Brewery Detroit

 

Granite City Food & Brewery Detroit

 

Granite City Food & Brewery Detroit

 

The main bar (yes, there are two) lights up the Jefferson Ave. entrance and window panels around the brew room give guests a look into the brewing process.

 

Granite City Food & Brewery Detroit

 

Granite City Food & Brewery Detroit

 

Granite City Food & Brewery Detroit

 

Granite City Food & Brewery Detroit

 

Granite City Food & Brewery Detroit

 

 

Granite City Food & Brewery Detroit is located on level 1 of tower 100 inside the GMRENCEN. Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. – Midnight, Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.