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Restaurant, yoga studio, and clothing retailer opening in downtown's Z structure this summer

Since opening in January 2014, "The Z" has booked over 75 percent of its 34,000 square feet of retail space. The z-shaped retail and parking development in downtown Detroit was built by Bedrock Real Estate Services, the real estate arm of local billionaire Dan Gilbert's family of companies.

Bedrock recently announced the addition of three tenants to The Z, all of which should open this summer. The shops -- a shoe store, a yoga studio, and a salad cafe -- will join Punch Bowl Social, a Denver-based chain of gastro pubs with a focus on games.

NoJo Kicks is a clothing retailer specializing in hats, jeans, and rare and collectible sneakers. Following a temporary June opening for the Ford Fireworks, NoJo Kicks plans to open in July.

Citizen Yoga, a yoga studio which opened its first location in Royal Oak, will also open downtown. The studio will be open seven days-a-week, offering a wide range of yoga classes, from the basics to Vinyasa.

Detroit chef Kelly Schaefer will open 7 Greens in the Z, a restaurant that will serve lunch and dinner salads featuring locally and seasonally sourced ingredients. 7 Greens is set to open in August.

Punch Bowl Social, which takes up the majority of the retail space in the Z, is working toward a November opening. The 24,000 square foot bar, restaurant, and gaming center anchors the Broadway side of the Z while the three recently announced shops will line Library Street.

The Z building, characterized by its unique zig-zag shape, is the first ground-up development for Bedrock. The company commissioned 27 street artists from around the world to paint murals throughout the parking garage. It features a ticketless and cashless pay system with parkers swiping their credit cards as they enter and leave the facility.   

Source: Bedrock Real Estate Services news release
Writer: MJ Galbraith

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MJ Galbraith is Model D's development news editor. Follow him on Twitter @mikegalbraith.
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