Detroit Foundation Hotel, is reopening its doors Sunday, October 4 after temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The award-winning hotel located in the former Detroit Fire Department Headquarters has been credited with spurring Downtown Detroit’s revitalization and will welcome back visitors and locals with enhanced sanitation and safety protocols. The hotel’s flagship restaurant, Apparatus Room is also reopening with their beloved menu by Executive Chef Thomas Lents, encompassing new additions that celebrate the fabrics of New American cooking and Midwest classics and paying homage to some of the country’s most iconic culinary masters.

Extensive sanitation protocols have been implemented to ensure the health, safety, and comfort of all guests and staff. Temperature checks will be provided upon entering the hotel for both guests and employees, while contactless check-in will be an amenity to guests. Masks will be required in all public spaces and social distancing will be enforced per state guidelines. All rooms will remain vacant for 48 hours after being thoroughly cleaned with a state-of-the-art electrostatic sprayer. Guests can view the property’s full updates as it pertains to COVID-19 at

The heart of the hotel is Apparatus Room, helmed by Chef Lents. Having received multiple Michelin stars in some of the world’s best kitchens, Chef Lents’ enhanced menu continues to showcase culinary excellence and has become a staple of the Detroit Community.

Some of the menu highlights include homages like the Golden Carnaroli Risotto, paying tribute to acclaimed French-American Chef Jean Joho’s risotto dish at the Everest Restaurant in Chicago but with local summer squash, roast tomatoes, burrata, and calabrian chili and Farm Chicken “Judy Rodgers” Style, a take on the legendary dish from Zuni Cafe served on a mustard green bread salad with currants, pine nuts with a garlic confit. Modern takes on Midwestern classics include The Maurice, inspired by a Detroit classic made famous by Hudson’s Department Store.

The beverage menu takes classic cocktails and incorporates innovative twists from Detroit history to local lore and personal inspiration. The Luminous 75, an ode to French 75 with Tito’s vodka, St. Germain, Aperol, Lilet Blanc, sparkling wine, lemon and orange bitters references Thomas Edison who grew up in Michigan and whose Edison light bulbs hang over the bar.

The property constantly collaborates with the local community as they recently partnered with two local distilleries to offer guests complimentary hand sanitizer from Two James Distillery, the first licensed distillery in Detroit since Prohibition, and Detroit City Distillery, founded by eight friends with local roots. Travelers can also book a “Future You Will Thank You” $50 dining voucher to be used at the hotel’s Apparatus Room or any other restaurant across the Aparium Hotel Group portfolio, which consists of eight award-winning boutique hotels across the U.S (Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans, LA; Hotel Haya, Tampa, FL: Crossroads Hotel, Kansas City, MO; MC Hotel, Montclair, NJ; Hewing Hotel, Minneapolis, MN; Hu Hotel, Memphis, TN; Cyrus Hotel, Topeka, KS).

The Apparatus Room is now open Thursdays – Saturday from 5 – 10pm and Sunday 5 – 9pm. Reservations can be made here, and the new menu can be viewed here.