Alpine regional cuisine is coming to Corktown this winter

Cuisine from countries around the Alps in Europe will be served at Alpino in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, coming this winter. // Picture of Berry Fish

A new wine-inspired restaurant serving regional Alpine cuisine called Alpino is set to open its doors this winter in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood at 1426 Bagley St.

The restaurant’s location in Bagley and Trumbull is near the campus of Ford Motor’s fledgling mobility innovation consisting of the former Michigan Central train station, the adjacent Book Depository building, and The Factory. The station is due to open next year with 5,000 employees, half of whom will work for Ford, while the rest are made up of suppliers and mobility companies.

The 3,200-square-foot restaurant space on the first floor has been brought back to life by David Richter, a Detroiter and New York hospitality veteran, who returned with his family to Michigan last year to start the project. The two-level building (the lower level) offers an area of ​​6,400 square feet.

“I am happy to be back in Detroit, and to open a restaurant in the city my heart has never left. The culinary scene was being talked about in the cities I lived in, which inspired me to come home and participate in the growth,” Richter says.

The albino concept is rooted in heritage, tradition and simplicity. Alpino is inspired by farming found in and around mountainous terrain, sourced from hills, rivers, and streams, that emphasizes year-round diversity whether fresh or preserved.

The restaurant’s menu will weave traditional dishes from countries along the Alps in Europe, including Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Alpino’s Beverage Program will offer a unique list of lesser known and affordable wines from this part of the world along with curated cocktails and European style beers.

Inside, the design of the restaurant will be inspired by farmhouses and cabins in the European countryside, incorporating natural materials in a streamlined and communal way.

Originally from Detroit, Richter moved to New York in his twenties to delve into the local restaurant scene. During his two-decade career, he has worked alongside several notable restaurants including Joe Bastianche, Cesar Casella, and Michael Dorf of City Winery.

His most recent position was Vice President of Operations at City Winery, where he helped them grow the business from one location in New York to eight locations across six states.

Alpino is expected to open this winter, and will serve dinner six nights a week. Additional details about key players, recruitment, rosters and grand opening details will be announced at a later date.

The restaurant space was formerly The Lady of the House, and was overseen by Chef Kate Williams. It was closed during the pandemic. Before that, it was a restaurant called Baile Corcaigh, along with another called St.