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Let Them Eat Steak

By Kathy Gibbons

A filet served with bacon and bleu cheese is on the menu at Sullivan’s Steakhouse. CREDIT Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Sullivan’s Steakhouse joins Starbucks Reserve among other first-floor tenants of the newly renovated Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit. Originally built in 1924, the hotel grew to become an iconic venue in the city, says Scott Stinebaugh, Book Cadillac Hotel director of sales and marketing.

“It operated as one of the finest luxury hotels in North America for the first 30 to 40 years of its existence,” Stinebaugh says. “Then it closed in 1984 and sat vacant until it was resurrected in 2006.”

That’s when the Ferchill Group out of Cleveland, Ohio, bought it and launched a $200 million renovation before reopening the hotel in 2008. In 2021, Oxford Capital Group of Chicago became its new owners and are behind the $20 million renovation that began in January and touches every space in the building. All 453 guest rooms and suites will receive a refreshed, contemporary look, as will 36,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, and all public areas.

Renovations are expected to be completed this summer, when Sullivan’s Steakhouse is projected to open as well. Aside from the renovation of the 8,500-square-foot restaurant interior, an outdoor patio will also be added.

“Along with the hotel’s comprehensive strategic renovation and repositioning, the addition of Sullivan’s Steakhouse to The Westin Book Cadillac will further improve the overall guest experience and provide an exciting new venue in the growing downtown neighborhood,” says John W. Rutledge, Oxford Capital Group and Oxford Hotels & Resorts founder, chair, and CEO.