Dine around the D: Detroit’s Cash Only Supper Club

Short rib on the bone. (Provided by Near Perfect Media)

Jeremy Sasson said the creation of the Cash Only Supper Club was a personal project for him.

IIf you’re looking for somewhere special to enjoy fine dining, premium drinks and live entertainment, the intimate and romantic Cash Only Supper Club is an oasis to explore in downtown Detroit.

The upscale 1,500-square-foot nightclub, seating 52, is on the lower level of Prime + Proper, an award-winning steakhouse. Both are inside the former Peter Smith & Sons Co. skyscraper, built in 1912-13, in historic Capitol Park. Valet parking is available.

Jeremy Sasson, former jn 36 Under 36 and 2017 founder of Detroit-based Heirloom Hospitality Group, owns and operates both businesses with Heirloom’s Townhouse Birmingham and Townhouse Detroit.

Sasson said starting the Cash Only Supper Club was a personal project for him. Approaching what looked like “a blank canvas” to him, he curated a vintage Hollywood glam-meets-Art Deco setting. Features include neon pink accents, “sensory” lighting, black and white striped flooring, and a state-of-the-art audio system.

“The room isn’t entirely square, so the back mirror appears to move, giving a different perspective,” Sasson said.

Salmon & Sorrel
Salmon & Sorrel Provided by Near Perfect Media

The space is luxurious and opulent with whimsical touches. For example, a hand-painted wall by local artist Greg Oberle shows flamingos wearing tiny hats and a king chasing a queen. Most guests are seated at two- and four-table tables, with six seats at the bar near a stage. A tufted velvet wall sofa is Sasson’s impression of a Parisian hideaway.

The distinctive atmosphere and black-tie dress code of the Cash Only Supper Club make it a throwback to the mid-20th century, when people lived in style. It’s rare today. Cash Only is one of the few local establishments that wants ladies to wear their fancy cocktail dresses and gentlemen to wear tuxedos. Because at any age, and at any time, it’s sometimes more fun to dress up.

The restaurant offers an extensive liquor, wine and cocktail program. Sasson said he designed the drinks menu to provide “theatrical show moments,” such as the classic tableside martini service using vintage barware. Martini drinkers “can sign their name in a book and see who else has signed the book,” he said.

A few of the craft cocktails are “Call Me Cosmo”, made with pink peppercorn infused vodka, pomegranate and orange cognac, and “Flip the Script”, the favorite cocktail of Sasson and his wife Aly , made from Reposado aged in oak barrels. tequila, mezcal (alcoholic beverage) and chocolate bitters. “She’s With Me” is a $100 drink made with Cristal champagne, gin, Aperol (agave-derived aperitif), Averna (Italian liqueur), and gold flakes. “We bring a Polaroid to take a picture, capturing the moment” for the guest and their party, Sasson said.

From left to right: Call Me Cosmo, Flip The Script and the $100 She's With Me cocktail.
From left to right: Call Me Cosmo, Flip The Script and the $100 She’s With Me cocktail. Provided by Near Perfect Media

Team members in white tuxedos, trained at Prime + Proper, provide guests with attentive service. Diners receive a printed list of the more than seven supper club dishes, the same menu for everyone. The only choice is to choose between two main entrances, dubbed “The Main Attraction”.

The night I was here with my sister, Janice Allweiss Young from Farmington Hills, I ordered Short Rib on the Bone, lean as can be, in a tasty jus au jus. His salmon and sorrel was sustainably raised Ora king salmon, plated with lightly breaded fried artichokes. The base price for a meal is $175 per person, with additional options of a truffle service for $45 and Caviar Bump & Bubbles (champagne) for $75.

A new scratch menu debuts every four weeks, after approximately 2.5 months of development. Sasson said the Cash Only Supper Club seeks out the freshest seasonal items it can get. Associate Executive Chef Anthony DiRienzo leads the restaurant’s innovative culinary team.

An unforgettable meal

The “opening act” for my sister Jann and I was the “Rolling in Dough” bread course. We were brought fluffy herb focaccia and crispy pretzel bread, as well as Roth buttermilk blue cheese crackers. These drove us crazy with their light texture and irresistible flavor. We also had thin rainbow colored radishes. Dressed in charcoal and black salt, they must have looked fresh out of the ground.

We then tasted a “Perfect Trio” of succulent appetizers: lobster tartlet on a soft and elegant shell, crispy sushi-style plain rice with ahi tuna and a crunchy texture; and thinly sliced ​​and aged Miyazaki Wagyu A5 beef, the A5 referring to a grading scale in Japan. “The three appetizers talk to each other — like a Motown band,” said Sasson, who loves musical analogies.

Cash Caesar Salad, a “Tableside Encore,” featured baby charcoal-roasted romaine lettuce, pecorino cheese and more in a hand-prepared Caesar dressing. Jann said it was the best Caesar she had tried.

Cash Caesar
Cash Caesar Provided by Near Perfect Media

“A lot of thought has gone into this dish,” Sasson said. Using the finest ingredients, he said, added depth, helping to elevate this supper club staple.

I particularly liked the other “Tableside Encore” – Risotto – incorporating bone marrow, mascarpone cream cheese (no butter), truffles and Acquerello rice. Staff cutting fresh truffles for risotto put “the icing on an already delicious dish,” he said. Sasson imagines offering his guests “more table presentations and a bit of cooking”.

A Beaujolais wine sorbet palate cleanser preceded “Interlude” – King Crab Vera Cruz placed in two elegant teacups. Each of us had a server who poured a “nuance-spiced” tomato-based broth over our tuft, just enough to make the crab shine.

The “Finale” dessert that followed our entrees, Arbequina Ice Cream, struck us as rather unusual. Drizzles of citrus-tangy Arbequina olive oil, then coarse Italian pink salt finished the creamy olive oil gelato.

Perfect threesome
Perfect threesome Provided by Near Perfect Media

Heirloom Hospitality Group features local and regional singers and musicians at the Cash Only Supper Club. We loved the crowd interactions of Jeff Ponders & Friends, playing R&B and Motown on our night out, starting at 8pm. Different artists perform from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“We’re super excited to build a platform for local music,” Sasson said. “There will be new acts coming in, bringing new energy,” possibly including magicians and comedians.

Supper club hours are 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are required and can be made through the website.

Also note that all forms of payment, including major credit cards, are welcome at Cash Only Supper Club. The “Cash Only” name had a loyal following and brand recognition in the earlier version of the spot as a cash-only members’ club. The name was retained with the addition of “Supper Club”, when Sasson and Heirloom Hospitality redefined the concept of the room.

Cash only Supper Club

1145 Griswold Street
Detroit, MI 48226
(248) 636-2300
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