Hospitality company Method Co., in collaboration with Detroit-based real estate developer Bedrock, has unveiled the first phase of dining and bar experiences at Detroit’s historic Book Tower after seven years of restoration.
At the heart of the transformation are three F&B venues: Le Suprême, a classic French brasserie; Kamper’s, a rooftop bar and lounge; and the soon-to-open Bar Rotunda, an all-day café and wine bar nestled beneath a glass atrium in the building’s lobby. These openings will be followed by several high-end Japanese concepts—including sake pub Sakazuki and izakaya and omakase option Hiroki San—coming this fall.
“Our team has fallen in love with Detroit and it has been an opportunity of a career to play a part in writing the story of Book Tower’s next 100 years,” says Randall Cook, CEO and cofounder of Method Co. “We have had the privilege to collaborate with Bedrock to conceptualize and bring to life eight different hospitality offerings within one of America’s most iconic properties.”
Le Suprême—crafted by Method Co.’s in-house design and branding firm, Method Studios, and Stokes Architecture + Design—spans 6,200 square feet with a café, bar, dining room, and outdoor seating along Washington Boulevard. With room for up to 210 guests, the space boasts a traditional La Bastille zinc bar top, art nouveau European tiles, hand-clipped mosaic marble flooring, oxblood leather booths, along with locally sourced vintage artwork, lamps, and furniture that pay homage to Detroit’s rich musical and cultural heritage.
Named in honor of Book Tower’s original architect, Louis Kamper, Kamper’s launches as Detroit’s latest upscale rooftop bar, designed in partnership with New York firm ODA Architecture. Located on the building’s 14th floor, Kamper’s includes an indoor lounge adorned with wood accents, mosaic flooring, antiqued mirrors, velvet drapery, and a distinguished paneled millwork bar. French doors open out to a rooftop area that offers sweeping views of the city.
Early next month, Book Tower will introduce Bar Rotunda, a 70-seat all-day café, cocktail, and wine bar inspired by the grand cafés and hotel bars of early 20th-century Paris. This space is graced by a carefully restored 100-year-old art glass dome, adorned with over 7,000 individual jewels and 6,000 glass panels. Also designed by Method Studios and ODA, the bar features a cristallo quartzite and tambour wood bar, restored Botticino marble columns, travertine floors, custom clawfoot library tables, and preserved bronze and brass detailing throughout.
“We have been ever-mindful of what the restoration of Book Tower means to this city,” Cook adds. “We’ve worked hard to create hospitality concepts that will excite and reconnect Detroiters to Book Tower once again, and at the same time honor the heritage of this magnificent property.”