With such an inviting and friendly atmosphere, it is easy to get lost in conversation at Small Plates and soon the guests found themselves discussing the city of Detroit, its rebirth, as well as the food. The consensus of the group was that Detroit is a global leader of fashion and resolve, as well as a place of industrial growth and opportunity. Small Plates represented an opportunity no only for the new owners, but for Mark and Lynne D’Andreta. Mark owns Motor City Denim Co., which manufactures and designs denim and leather apparel and also played a significant role in the redesign of Small Plates. Mark happily stated, “It was neat hearing everyone’s Detroit stories. I love the city’s spirit. I love that the town is on the edge of resurgence. The food was amazing. I especially enjoyed the sliders and the new bar space was great and livened up the resturant. It was easy to communicate with others and I was exposed to some new wines that I wasn’t previously familiar with.”
Alison Kriger, a tort reform lawyer at Goodman Kalahar who was born and raised in Detroit, also enjoyed the opportunity to meet people from different industries within the city. “I am extremely loyal to the city of Detroit and it is exciting to see all the development and rebirth going on in the city in the last year and a half. It is important for young people to stay and support the city and I am honored and excited to be a part of it,” she beams. In addition, “the white wine sangria was to die for and I am definitely coming back to Small Plates.”
The incentives are impressive, but the bonus to the city of Detroit is the incredibly array of architectural wonders that add to its vibrant social scene. “Detroit is awesome,” said Nicole Muster, a photographer who lives in the recently renovated lofts in Corktown. She went on to explain, “I love everything about the city. I love knowing everybody here. The community is unlike anything I’ve experienced anywhere else.” While the architecture, vibrant social scene and affordable housing are all clearly draws of the city, nearly all in attendance proudly played the loyalty card. It mattered not that they may have not be actual residents within the city boundaries.
“I’ve lived in New York and Chicago,” said Kate Williams, who grew up in Howell, and is in the process of opening a restaurant of her own in Detroit after spending several years in the kitchens of restaurants and homes. She decided to return home to make her mark here in Detroit. “I couldn’t think of anywhere else I’d want to do it,” she said. “Everyone here is so nice. Everything here is so exciting right now. I’m thrilled to be involved in the renaissance of Detroit.”