Sarah and James Schneider are no strangers to entertaining at home, but they always had the desire to take their talents a step further. After years of dreaming up their own hosting venue, they now throw a daily dinner party for hundreds of guests at their own restaurant, The Fed.

Over the course of two-and-a-half years, the Schneiders completely revamped the 100-year-old Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Clarkston. They named the restaurant The Fed, in honor of the bank’s former title and, of course, its new identity.

While James is more business-minded, Sarah is the creative guru. With a natural eye for design, she crafted the restaurant’s ambiance.

Eager to create an eye-catching look for The Fed, she spent countless hours mixing and matching pieces, incorporating a tasteful blend of vintage and modern styles.

High ceilings and warm lighting are featured on the main level, along with light wood tables and a crisp, ivory-toned bar. The basement area is more intimate, yet spacious, featuring a dimly lit bar and plush sofas.

Several elements of the bank remain fully intact, with stacks of safety deposit boxes lining the walls of the downstairs restroom. People can reserve one of two former vaults, which have been transformed into exclusive dining areas.

“At The Fed, there is no dress code
or exclusive guest list
— everyone’s invited to the party. ”

Like the restaurant’s atmosphere, the “New American”-style menu encompasses an exciting blend of cuisines and Schneider family staples. Executive chefs Travis Holewinski and Jakobi Voorheis are helping bring the couple’s vision to life with an enticing range of small plates and substantial entrees.

The Fed offers a global hodgepodge of cuisines with Japanese, Mexican, Middle Eastern and French influences, to name just a few. Guests can snack on both tacos and sushi or opt for a steadfast steak or seafood entree, all prepared with locally sourced ingredients.

Sharing is strongly encouraged, yet diners may reconsider handing over a wedge of Alsatian flatbread, one of Sarah and James’ favorite dishes. This thin-crust delight has sweet, savory and smoky notes, with crumbled goat cheese, bacon, thinly sliced onion and a sprinkle of thyme.

Equally tempting is the charcuterie board, which pairs exceptionally well with a glass of wine or a fizzy cocktail. Grilled slices of bread pose as the vehicle for both creamy and solid cheeses, cured meats, sweet jam and olives.

The wood-grilled lamb chops are served atop a colorful ratatouille and studded with creamy goat cheese. The pan-seared scallops, alongside a leek and mushroom risotto, are rich, yet easy to devour.

Any day of the week, guests can expect a genuine greeting from Sarah or James or even one of their three adorable children.

“The Fed is meant to be an extension of our own home,” says Sarah, who encourages diners to simply come as they are. At The Fed, there is no dress code or exclusive guest list — everyone’s invited to the party.

The Fed
15 S. Main St.,
Downtown Clarkston
(248) 297-5833 for reservations
Monday-Wednesday: 4-10 p.m.;
Thursday: 4-11 p.m.;
Friday: 4 p.m.-midnight; Saturday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Brunch), 4 p.m.-midnight (Dinner); Sunday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Brunch), 4-9 p.m. (Dinner)

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