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We're coming! We're open! We're closed! Antietam? Discuss the cataclysm...[Detroit area]

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We're coming! We're open! We're closed! Antietam? Discuss the cataclysm...[Detroit area]

boagman | Jul 31, 2014 01:27 AM

Okay, so...this is just something that I find downright hard-to-fathom. You can be forgiven for not quite knowing what Antietam is because of its brand-new-ishness, but if you've been following the story of the place in the local newspapers in the last couple of weeks, you've got to wonder if the inmates are running the asylum or what.

Antietam has been an up-and-coming high end restaurant in downtown Detroit for some time now. They had a *bunch* of press before it ever even opened, or was even close. They had a soft opening within the last two weeks, to basically universal rave reviews, with people practically falling over themselves to get in and try the Big/Great New Thing (I, however, am not one of them).

By basically all accounts, they came out of the box with a bang, impressing all with their menu, decor, and service.

Suddenly, on Monday, they literally close their doors for some kind of retooling or something like that, after all of, what, one week?

Now, they're going to be open on this coming weekend, with two different Detroit area chefs basically doing pop-ups on Friday and Saturday night with their own menus and associated wine pairings. Reservations by email only...blah-bah-de-blah-blah.

I'm not quite certain what's going on, here, but it certainly sounds as though there's been a seismic shift with the place...something akin to the executive chef taking off or something like that. You don't go from the heights of ecstasy that they were at to being closed for business within the scope of less than two weeks without there being some kind of manic exodus by some pretty important-to-the-process people. You *certainly* don't bring in outside chefs to do pop-ups during your first couple of weeks when the bar's been set so high, and you're hitting the ball into the seats every time you're at the plate.

Has anyone ever heard of something as bizarre as this? So early? Honestly...it sure sounds foreboding to me. Has anyone actually been, yet?

Let's hear the sound of the beating drums, people.

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