Weeks of training gave way to show time Tuesday for the chefs, servers and managers at Birmingham's newest restaurant, . They fed a full house of preview guests on the first of two shakeout test evenings before Thursday's public opening on Old South Woodward.
A four-course partial menu meal included oysters, shrimp, steaks and four seafood selections.
"I think it went very well," Executive Chef Allan Ayer of Novi commented as the 180-seat dining rooms cleared. "I saw some details that still need to be worked out, of course, but they shouldn't be anything patrons noticed."
He and General Manager Daniel Cosenzi stopped by tables to solicit comments several times. The Columbus-based group's two owners stayed in Ohio. "They didn't want to make us nervous," Cosenzi said.
Hyde Park puts local stars figures' name on menus at each of its 11 other steakhouses in four states, a tradition maintained at Michigan's first site. Birmingham diners can order tenderloin, filet mignon and New York Strip named for Ty Cobb, Steve Yzerman, Ernie Harwell, Henrik Zetterberg and Barry Sanders.
Those selections run from about $33 to $41, with other entrees priced at $19 to $27. Connoisseurs interested in "dry-aged reserve prime steaks" will pay $65 to $79 for 18-ounce or 26-ounce cuts.
Hyde Park will serve dinner from 5-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 5-10:30 p.m. Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 5-8 p.m. Sunday. A "small plates" bar menu, including $13 dry-aged burgeers, is available 4:30-6:30 p.m. and from 9 p.m. until closing.