Cafe 78, a new bar and eatery inside MOCAD, opens Friday

The team that brought Wright & Company to downtown Detroit is now opening a new café and bar just a ways up Woodward Avenue in Midtown. Dave Kwiatkowski (of Sugar House and Wright & Company fame) and Marc Djozlija (co-owner of Wright & Company and formerly of Wolfgang Puck), are opening Café 78 this Friday, Feb. 6. The café and bar is located inside the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) at 4454 Woodward Ave.

Café 78 will operate outside of the hours of museum operations, opening as early as 8 a.m. throughout the week and staying open as late as 10 p.m. on weekends. A breakfast menu features Anthology coffee and Zingerman's pastries. Lunch and dinner include salads, soups, and sandwiches. A full bar will be tended by Sugar House- and Wright & Company-trained staff, serving up beer, wine, and craft cocktails.

"We are extremely excited to partner with MOCAD and feel Café 78 will both enhance the museum experience and also draw a new crowd that possibly wouldn’t have visited the museum otherwise," says Kwiatkowski.

Daniel Moskop of Raleigh, North Carolina-based Dan Huffman Architecture designed the space. Moskop utilizes plywood paneling and phenolic-coated plywood to create a clean, minimalistic look, one highlighted by the natural light drawn in from the pre-exisisting 14-foot glass garage door. The 4,800-square-foot space seats 179, both in tables and along the 14-foot bar.

"We are delighted to partner with Café 78," says Elysia Borowy-Reeder, MOCAD’s executive director. "Their excellent, creative and internationally-inspired food and beverages and premiere service standards are a great match for the museum, where we want to provide memorable experiences for our visitors and members, whether they enjoy a lunch or light snack during a visit to the museum, or an elegant catered dinner at a private evening affair."

Source: MOCAD press release
Writer: MJ Galbraith

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