Restaurant Review: Detroit, Michigan

The Royce


Angela Rutherford and Ping Ho opened The Royce last fall, a wine bar and retail store in Grand Circus Park. It’s an elegant space, housed in the historic Kales Building, designed by Albert Kahn, with art deco lighting and library ladders to access the walnut shelves. Those shelves hold a wealth of choices, from Willamette chardonnay to Sherry, Carpano Antica Vermouth and Michiganmade mead. Take one of the 12 seats at the wine bar to taste before you buy, or settle into a couch on the mezzanine and crack open any bottle for a $10 corkage fee. The food is simple but solid, with tinned fish, cheese, charcuterie, and breads from nearby Avalon Bakery. Service is included, but if you insist on leaving something, Rutherford and Ho will donate it to their charity of the month.


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