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  • By Dana Casadei

Traditional Japanese revival

The Ford-Peabody Mansion – located at 325 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham – is in the mist of a makeover and will soon house Adachi, a traditional and authentic Japanese restaurant. Adachi’s owner Kenny Koza partnered with chef and restaurateur Michael Schlow to fine tune the concept after seeing a need for more traditional Japanese food options. “There’s not going to be any type of twist on it as far as any type of fusion,” said general manager Conrad Eichbauer. “In (chef) Lloyd’s (Roberts) words, everything is going to be made from scratch – other than soy sauce.” With plans to open for dinner service in August, Adachi will have a 10-seat bar, six-seat sushi bar, and 64 additional seats. While the menu is still evolving, there are a few things that are already set, including their plans to offer omakase, a meal that consists of dishes selected by the chef, and the name, which was inspired by the Adachi Museum of Art in Japan, a museum dedicated to Japanese horticulture.

Metro Intelligencer is a monthly column devoted to news stories, tidbits and gossip items about what's happening on the restaurant scene in the metro Detroit area. Metro Intelligencer is reported/created each month by Dana Casadei who can be reached at with news items or tips, on or off the record.

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