Regional cuisine from the Alps is coming to Corktown this winter

Cuisine from countries surrounding the Alpine mountains in Europe will be featured at Alpino in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, coming this winter. // Photo by Perry Fish

A new wine-inspired restaurant featuring regional Alpine cuisine called Alpino is set to open this winter in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood at 1426 Bagley St.

The restaurant’s location in Bagley and Trumbull is near Ford Motor’s Co.’s emerging mobility innovation campus consisting of the old Michigan Central Station, the nearby Book Depository building and The Factory. The station is scheduled to open next year with 5,000 employees, half of whom will work for Ford, with the rest made up of suppliers and mobility companies.

The 3,200-square-foot first-floor dining space is brought to life by Detroit native and New York hospitality veteran David Richter, who and his family returned to Michigan last year to start the project. The two-level building (lower level) offers 6,400 square feet of space.

“I’m thrilled to be back in Detroit, to open a restaurant in the city that my heart has never left. We were talking about the food scene in the cities where I lived, which prompted me to return home and be part of the growth,” says Richter.

The Alpino concept is rooted in heritage, tradition and simplicity. Alpino is inspired by agriculture found in and around mountainous terrain, originating from hills, rivers and streams, focusing on diversity throughout the year, whether fresh or preserved.

The restaurant menu will combine traditional dishes from countries along the Alpine mountains in Europe, including Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Alpino’s beverage program will feature a unique list of lesser-known and affordable wines from this part of the world, as well as selected cocktails and European-style beers.

Inside, the restaurant’s design will take inspiration from farmhouses and cabins in the European countryside, incorporating natural materials in a simplistic and communal way.

Originally from Detroit, Richter moved to New York in his twenties to immerse himself in the local restaurant scene. During his two-decade long career, he has worked alongside many notable restaurateurs, including City Winery’s Joe Bastianich, Cesare Casella and Michael Dorf.

His most recent role was as Vice President of Operations for City Winery, where he helped them grow the business from one location in New York City to eight locations in six states.

Alpino, slated to open this winter, will serve dinner six nights a week. Additional details regarding key cast, hiring, menus, and grand opening details will be announced at a later date.

The restaurant space was once Lady of the House, overseen by chef Kate Williams. It was closed during the pandemic. Before that it was a restaurant called Baile Corcaigh, as well as another restaurant called St. Cece’s

Elisha A. Tilghman