Two James owner's new restaurant Supergeil is open in Corktown with doner, gin and tinned fish

A polished new addition to the Detroit food and drink scene, Supergeil, made its debut Thursday in Corktown. 

The restaurant specializes in Berlin-style döner kebab sandwiches, tinned seafood (think sardines, but also tuna, mackerel and mussels, all served with bread and other accoutrement) and, naturally, a focus on cocktails. Supergeil is owned by David Landrum of Two James Spirits, which has a distillery and tasting room across the street. Restaurant Reception Counter

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The two-page drink menu highlights some ciders, wine and beer along with a list of gin and tonics and a selection of classic cocktails with a global spin, like the Mediterranean Mule or the Saskatoon Sour. Those who don't imbibe can still experience the bartenders' skills with the nonalcoholic drinks, like the N.A. Groni Parma with botanicals, verjus (a juice) and Alta amaro soda. 

Supergeil's décor is sleek and contemporary with a lot of exposed brick and wicker light fixtures. There is banquette seating along the west wall with the bar on the other side, stocked with bitters, syrups and other potions (and a perfect photo of actor Jeff Goldblum holding a baby T-rex like a lamb). In the middle there are large, u-shaped booths for larger groups. There's also outdoor seating on a patio.

The booths are brown leather, but there are also a lot of colorful elements to Supergeil, like the artful menus, patterns in the lower portion of the bar, bright yellow bar stools and the building's façade, which is  painted light blue with gold touches. 

Supergeil, 2442 Michigan in Detroit, is planning to be open 4-11 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 4-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. and 4-8 p.m. Sun. Walk-in customers only; no reservations taken. Visit or follow on Instagram @supergeildetroit for more information. 

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