DETROIT - With a flick of their woks and the glow of their red lanterns, The Peterboro is bringing Chinatown back to Detroit.
"So many times I hear form people that even live here that they had no clue there was even a Chinatown in Detroit," says managing partner Chuck Inchaustegui.
He always wanted to own his own restaurant, and when he and his business partner found a building on the corner of Peterboro and Cass in old Chinatown, it was perfect for their concept.
"We definitely wanted to have a bar, we definitely wanted to have Asian food of some sort. We had looked at a few buildings up and down Cass here, but then when he ended up buying this one in Chinatown it kind of sealed the deal that we would do Chinese food for sure," Chuck explains.
They draw people in to this fairly quiet part of town with their industrial chic Chinese themed decor and with their own take on American Chinese food.
"There's a few Detroit classics with the almond boneless chicken that we do and the bacon wrapped shrimp is also a Detroit thing that was served right across the street at Chung's. So it was definitely important for us to highlight those," explains Chuck.
They also have some items of their own creation like their cheeseburger spring rolls.
"We try to have a fun play on classic Chinese food," says Chuck.
Though they offer some new dishes, they cook up the majority of their food in the traditional Chinese way- in a wok. This large black round-bottom pan heats up fast and cooks their food quickly. It is perfect for classic Chinese dishes like fried rice and lo mein as well as their shishito peppers.
If you would like to try out The Peterboro, they are located at 420 Peterboro St in Detroit. For more information visit their website here.
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