Craft Work is an American restaurant in the heart of historic West Village in Detroit. The restaurant prides itself in taking classic American dishes and putting a twist in the recipes. Co-owner Hubert Yaro has received a lot of support in the community since opening in December 2013. Currently, Craft Work is open Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight and serves food from 5 through 11 p.m.
What makes Craft Work unique to your other restaurants?
The location! I’ve opened restaurants in Birmingham (Commonwealth Cafe) and Royal Oak (Ronin Sushi), but I really wanted to open a restaurant in my neighborhood. Craft Work is very personal to me because I live right around the corner. I love living and working in Detroit.
The space is great and the charm of the building really drew me in. In fact, the building is 90 years old so inevitably there was a lot of work involved in getting the restaurant up and running, but it was worth it. The history in this space is a great asset as well, because a lot of our customers have fond memories of this place throughout the years. This is very much a Detroit restaurant. That very special feel when you walk in the door – paired with our quality service – makes it a win-win.
What is your menu all about?
The menu is classic American. We are committed to sourcing quality meats, dairy and bread. The technique our executive chef Matt Dalton uses for our menu is a unique blend of multiple cultures. Our dishes are very balanced, and customers will walk out of the restaurant feeling full and satisfied.
What is it like working in Detroit, and how does the Detroit location contribute to the business’ overall success?
The community here is so strong and tight knit. There is a lot of pride and spirit in the neighborhood. I’m really inspired by it. People take care of their properties, homes and businesses, and I’ve received so much support with Craft Work. I think the restaurant being in Detroit has everything to do with how positively it’s been received.
Anything new and exciting coming up for Craft Work?
I really look forward to continually making a positive impact on the community and getting more involved. We’re also very excited to begin serving brunch in March on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Michael Forsyth, REVOLVE Detroit Program Manager