The Epicurean Group, the corporate force behind familiar names such as the Novi Chophouse, the Plaza Deli, Soul Café and Epic Kosher Catering, has recently opened the Nomad Grill in Southfield adjacent to the newly renovated Premier Best Western Hotel on Telegraph (formerly the Holiday Inn of Southfield).
“Stan Dixon purchased the company to save everyone’s job. At the time, the Epicurean Group had just over 500 employees and he saw the opportunity,” explains Regina Peters, director of sales and marketing for the Epicurean Group. “Stan hijacked Eric Djordjevic from the Detroit Athletic Club to be the president of the company.”
Classically trained by the Ritz Carlton, both Regina and Eric bring a substantial depth of industry knowledge and experience to the Nomad Grill. They have taken everything that they know about food and beverage, fine dining, service and hospitality and put it all in a very comfortable setting.
“Eric and I are both Ritz Carlton alums, so we have a similar philosophy with the beverage, hospitality and the overall guest experience,” Regina says. “We want people to come in and have great food and great options, but we don’t want them to be intimidated by the food, beverage or the venue.”
A full-service restaurant, the Nomad Grill is located inside an enormous event center with more than 20,000 square feet of event space. The restaurant has three private dining rooms that seat 30 to 40 people — perfect for small gatherings and training sessions. They also have three major ballrooms.
“We are very excited to be Southfield’s event center hub, especially considering our location at the crossroads of Telegraph, I-696 and Northwestern Highways — all the major arteries in Southfield,” Regina says.
The restaurant is a welcoming place for travelers.
“We wanted people to feel like they are coming home, hence the fireplace and the soft seating,” Eric says. “This might be their fourth continent in seven days; we want them to come in and decompress. We have all the elements of fine dining in quality and service, but not a stuffy pretentiousness.”
The hotel embedded in this event center used to be the Holiday Inn years ago. It sat vacant for 10 years, and two-and-a-half years ago Epicurean Group entered the project with their hotel partners, Kiwi Hospitality out of New Zealand and spent more than two years building out the hotel, which was taken down to the studs.
“There is new plumbing, electrical, HVAC,” Regina says. There are new walls, ceilings, floors, fixtures, doors and windows, too.
“Kiwi Hospitality came in with the capital to do the project correctly, and they are a true hospitality company. They didn’t want to just come in and flip the space. They wanted to grow the brand and the facility.”
The menu rotates and evolves with seasonal offerings to keep things interesting and fresh. The name Nomad Grill is derived from the idea that travelers will be stopping in. “A nomad is someone who wanders and needs food and shelter. We have food, and we have shelter,” Eric explains.
Travelers here on long-term assignments can look forward to extended stay condominium complex associated with the Nomad Grill and the Premier Best Western Hotel that will be available by approximately the end of the year, making lengthy stays more comfortable.
In its former life, the hotel bar and restaurant were located on the top floor of the hotel tower. The Nomad Grill was moved to ground level where it is accessible and visible to everybody, and the top floor of the hotel has now been made into eight penthouse suites.
The menu has certain items with the Epicurean stamp next to it indicating that it is a guest favorite or an Epicurean standard, including the Plaza Deli Reuben on the lunch menu, an Open Face Meatloaf Sandwich on the lunch menu and the Root Beer Braised Short Ribs (made famous on the Food Network), which appears on both lunch and dinner menus. A popular small bites menu item is the Lobster Corn Dog with red cabbage slaw and Dijon hollandaise.
Happy hour starts early at the Nomad Grill, kicking off at 3 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m. seven days a week and highlighting many draft beers, red and white wines, mixed drinks and specialty cocktails. A separate happy hour menu offers about a half-dozen dishes from the kitchen that are a departure from the other menus, including Charred Cauliflower and a Petite Wagyu Burger.
Surrounded by no fewer than 50 large companies with more than 200 employees each, Nomad Grill has healthy lunch and happy hour crowds. Sitting at the crossroads of I-696, Northwestern Highway, the Lodge Freeway on Telegraph Road just south of 11 Mile road, the Nomad Grill is only about 10 minutes from anywhere in Southfield. It is all about location, location, location. If you are anywhere in the area for business or pleasure, be sure to stop in to the Nomad Grill.
The Nomad Grill
26555 Telegraph Road, Southfield