Fast-paced gastropub, craft beer and cocktail bar celebrates grand opening in Troy

Though they've been operating under a soft opening for a few weeks now, gastropub and craft beer and cocktail bar Eats and Crafts is preparing for its grand opening celebration in Troy. The celebration will occur this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9, with beer pairings and appetizer samples.

Eats and Crafts is a fast-paced gastropub and casual dining spot, complete with a scratch kitchen, circle bar, and garage doors, says the restaurant's general manager Ryan Pino. There are 24 beers on tap, the majority of which are craft beers and 13 of which are from Michigan breweries. Craft cocktails and martinis are hand-crafted and made with fresh fruit and garnishes. Michigan wine, too, is on the menu.

The food menu offers a wide variety of options and features something for everyone, says Pino. There are traditional appetizers like calamari, boneless chicken wings, and nachos. Entrees range from Angus steak burgers to pasta dishes to fresh Norwegian salmon. Fresh ingredients are a focus.

The restaurant also offers brunch on the weekends.

"It's a concept that is very different than anything else in the area," says Pino. "It's something that's going to draw people from the surrounding area."

Jeff Forman, the managing partner of the restaurant ownership group, agrees.

"It's in a location that doesn't have a lot of sit-down restaurants in its vicinity," Forman says. "There's a lot of residential area around the restaurant with people that want a healthy place to eat."

Despite having hired more than 30 employees, Eats and Crafts is still actively searching to fill out its staff. For more information regarding hiring, the gastro pub can be found online.

Eats and Crafts is located at 1950 E Square Lake Rd. in Troy.

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