Parkside: A Modern American Bistro … Opens Next Week

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We are soooo excited!  This new place is going to be really good.

General Manger Rhett Baugh and his staff are working very hard to get everything in order for the anticipated grand opening of Parkside: A Modern American Bistro set for next Wednesday, September 23rd.  Executive Chef Adam Hightower is eager to bring his signature “scratch cooking” method to Downtown Auburn Hills.

Parkside's Executive Chef Adam Hightower will be bringing his culinary talents to Auburn Hills

Parkside’s Executive Chef Adam Hightower will be bringing his culinary talents to Auburn Hills

Chef Hightower is quick to tell you that this restaurant, located at 3315 Auburn Road, will not be a tavern as originally envisioned about one year ago.  The owner plans to remove that reference from the signs currently on the building in the months ahead.  Parkside will be a modern bistro with a menu that celebrates the diversity of America and will offer unique foods that highlight regions of the country as specials.  The eatery will serve both lunch and dinner.  It will be causal and welcoming with several outside seating areas.  Simply said, General Manager Baugh believes Parkside will have something that everyone in the family will like.

Enjoying the outdoor fireplace on the patio at the corner of Squirrel and Auburn Roads ... (left to right) owner Nick Lucaj, Executive Chef Adam Hightower, Assistant GM Matt Duff, and GM Rhett Baugh

Enjoying the outdoor fireplace on the patio at the corner of Squirrel and Auburn Roads … (left to right) owner Nick Lucaj, Executive Chef Adam Hightower, Assistant GM Matt Duff, and GM Rhett Baugh

All the food will be made from scratch on-site or obtained from local bakeries or vendors.  For example, their sandwiches ($8-12) and hamburgers ($8-$13) will be served on artisan bread and buns from the Give Thanks Bakery based in Downtown Rochester.  They will also have a wide variety of appetizers, soups, and salads.  Some items on the main menu include entrees like rib eye, filet mignon, free range chicken, cider glazed wild salmon, bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, and old school meatloaf ($14-$32).

Hightower believes people are craving fresh, scratch cooking in this area.

Hightower believes people are craving fresh, scratch cooking in this area

Parkside will have 24 beers on tap with roughly half made in Michigan, along with numerous bottled beers.  A variety of wines will also be offered including One Hope, which donates a portion of its profits to causes like autism therapy for children, tree planting, breast cancer research, and hunger prevention.

Lastly, their desserts sound absolutely delicious.  Their house special “mason jar dessert” is expected to be a big hit.  Chef Hightower will also be offering a specialty sundae, cookie crumble shake, and bread pudding ($4-$8).

Example of a mason jar dessert

Example of a mason jar dessert

So, check this place out when they open.  They have hired about 50 people with the vast majority of them residing in Auburn Hills.  We’re rooting for their success.