Detroit's Anchor Bar will be sold to Parc restaurant owner

by

comment
Burger and fries at the Anchor Bar - PHOTO: ROB WIDDIS
  • Photo: Rob Widdis
  • Burger and fries at the Anchor Bar

Detroit's nearly 60-year-old Anchor Bar — a regular spot for Red Wings, Tigers, and Lions fans to presoak ahead of home games — will be sold.

Deadline Detroit reports owner Vaughn Derderian sold the building to Zaid Elia, who owns Parc in Campus Martius, and 220 Merrill in Birmingham. The deal is expected to close for an undisclosed seven-figure price in late September.



The Anchor is also a watering hole favored by journalists, cops, and workers in nearby federal buildings, and first opened in 1959 on Howard Street. It later moved to Fort and Fourth, Lafayette, then to its current location at 450 Fort St. Elia tells Deadline that he'll keep the Anchor intact with a few minor renovations, and keep some of the menu's popular items, but will add "some culinary twists."

“Honestly I’ve never been more excited about a project. When you see what this restaurant stands for and you hear every story Vaughn tells, it’s like sitting in a time machine," Elias told Deadline Detroit. “My goal is to keep the integrity of the bar."



So many restaurants, so little time. Find out the latest Detroit dining news with our weekly food newsletter delivered every Friday morning.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.