With renovations nearly complete, Ferndale’s Public House and Garden set the week of Dec. 21 for its reopening.
The restaurant has a new 1,000-square-foot garden patio, an updated menu, and two kitchens, with one dedicated to cooking and preparing the restaurant’s new vegan offerings.
Along with gluten-free menu items, vegan makes up a good much of its menu, according to a news release.
Vegan options include hot n’ sweet crispy cauliflower, barbecued carrots, beet salad, and crispy housemade tempeh bacon.
While the menu extended to offering vegan dishes, it will also focus on gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and sharable plates. The burger is a blend of ground short rib, chuck and brisket and served as a single with two patties with American cheese, house-made pickles and dijonnaise. It’s topped with a sunny-side-up egg.
The vegan burger is housemade with a blend of barley, carrots, beets and potatoes served with vegan American cheese and vegan dijonnaise. There are vegan and on-vegan salads and appetizers. About a dozen shareable plates, including ratatouille and crispy seitan chicken and waffles, are on the menu.
Chef Anthony Schmitz will run the kitchens and said “utilizing separate kitchen prevents cross-contamination between vegan and non-vegan items.”
In 2020 Public House temporarily closed because of the pandemic. Hometown Restaurant Group – formerly the Kramer Restaurant Group owned and operated by Brian Kramer bought Public House and nearby Antihero. Working Class Outlaw Group previously, owner of Imperial in Ferndale, owned both restaurants. Antihero is undergoing renovations.
Kramer also owned and opened Rosie O’Grady’s in Ferndale in 1990, it shuttered in late June. Hometown Restaurant Group also owns and operates Ferndale’s One-Eyed Betty’s and Pop’s for Italian.
“Ferndale just feels like home,” Kramer said in a news release. “It’s a community, and Public House is a staple in the community, and I didn’t want to see it closed.”
Public House and Garden, 241 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale, will open for dinner service 4 p.m.-midnight Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 10 a.m-10 p.m. Sunday. Brunch service will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun.
The Hometown Restaurant Group is also offering a promotion handing out envelopes 50,000 envelopes with gifts and prizes during December to use in Jan. 1-Feb. 13.
Its “No-Peeking” gift-card giveaway includes thousands of dollars to use at local Ferndale businesses. When you visit One-Eyed Betty’s, Pop’s for Italian or Public House in December you will receive a sealed envelope.
Envelopes are to remain sealed until customers return to one of the three restaurants where they will open the envelopes and reveal the gifts or prizes.
Top prizes include 70-inch smart TVs and a family membership to the Detroit Zoo. Other prices include gift cards to use at Hometown restaurants, items and gift certificates from Ferndale businesses.
A full list of prizes, questions, and official rules on the “No Peeking” promotion is available at dinehometown.com/nopeeking.
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