Barbecue restaurant signs with Downtown Market
A nationally recognized barbecue joint in Detroit is expanding into downtown Grand Rapids.
The Downtown Market said today that Slows Bar B Q will join the market as its first full-service restaurant tenant. Slows is scheduled to open next spring.
This is the restaurant’s first expansion outside of Detroit.
Slows Bar B Q Grand Rapids will be located in the market’s southeast side, at the corner of Ionia and Logan streets.
The restaurant will feature a similar menu to the Detroit location: slow-cooked barbecue favorites, such as brisket, ribs, pulled pork, smoked turkey, jambalaya and more, along with several dozen Michigan-based artisan and craft beers on tap.
Slows also plans to expand its popular Slows-To-Go service, which includes catering.
The program will launch with special events at the Downtown Market, and Slows has plans to expand to serve a larger area in the future.
Slows opened in 2005 on Michigan Avenue in the Corktown neighborhood at the edge of downtown Detroit, across from the long-abandoned Michigan Central Station. It has become the anchor of the neighborhood’s commercial revitalization and a Detroit destination.
Slows is one of the most popular barbecue joints in Michigan and has received significant recognition from national food and entertainment media outlets.
Brian Perrone, Phillip Cooley, Ron Cooley and Mike Metevia own the restaurant.
“We wanted to be a little barbecue joint in Detroit,” Perrone said. “Now, we are in our 10th year, and it’s time for us to expand.”
Grand Rapids space
Perrone said Slows is working on architectural plans for the new location. He said it will likely be a Texas-style barbecue space, with an inviting atmosphere that encourages patrons to learn about barbecue.
“The Downtown Market is just the type of community centered, neighborhood location that fits who we are,” said Perrone, executive chef and co-founder at Slows. “We are completely devoted to barbecue — studying it, making it and teaching customers about the process. We are excited to join such a great group of artisans to create a friendly, welcoming, accessible and open environment.”
Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the Downtown Market, called Slows "a notable success in downtown Detroit.
“Its up-cycled atmosphere, delicious menu, commitments to their communities and their craft make them an ideal addition to the Downtown Market,” Fritz said.
Fritz added that the Downtown Market has been committed to finding a restaurant tenant that fits the mission of the market, and she believes Slows fits the bill.