The Townsend Hotel Receives AAA’s Four Diamond Rating

Posted by & filed under Press Releases.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        

 

The Townsend Hotel Receives AAA’s Four Diamond Rating

Less than Six Percent of Nearly 28,000 AAA-Approved Hotels Receive Designation

 

BIRMINGHAM, MICH. – Jan. 20, 2016 – The Townsend Hotel, a luxury property known for its exceptional service and amenities, has again received the coveted AAA Four Diamond designation. The Townsend has maintained this prestigious rating every year consecutively since it opened its doors in 1988.

 

According to AAA, hotels at this level are committed to providing every guest with a personalized experience and attentive service in comfortable, high-quality surroundings. They typically offer an extensive array of amenities and guest services.

 

The Townsend Hotel is part of a select group of establishments within North America.  Currently, just 1,587 hotels hold the AAA Four Diamond Rating.

 

“AAA is pleased to recognize The Townsend Hotel as a Four Diamond hotel,” said Michael Petrone, director of AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings. “To maintain the exceptional […]

2016 “FOUR DIAMOND” RATING AWARDS UNVEILED

Posted by & filed under Press Releases.

2016 “FOUR DIAMOND” RATING AWARDS UNVEILED

15 Michigan Hotels Make the Diamond “Cut”

 

Dearborn, Michigan (January 15, 2016) — AAA Michigan has officially announced the  15 Michigan hotels that have earned the coveted Four Diamond designation. The Four and Five Diamond Ratings are AAA’s highest designations for hotels. Less than 6 percent of nearly 28,000 approved hotels receive this rating.  These hotels are part of a select group of establishments within North America. Currently, only 1,587 hotels hold the Four Diamond Rating.

 

Hotels at the Four Diamond level are committed to providing every guest with a personalized experience, attentive service in comfortable, high-quality surroundings and typically offer an extensive array of amenities and guest services. This is the first time that Firekeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek has attained this prestigious rating.

 

 

BATTLE CREEK

Firekeepers Casino Hotel (2015)*

 

BIRMINGHAM

The Townsend Hotel (1988)

 

DEARBORN

The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel (2003)

The Henry, Autograph […]

Detroit News: Burger Decadence at Rugby Grille

Posted by & filed under News.

Last week, local food news was buzzing about a news release detailing a decadent burger at Birmingham’s Rugby Grille. Besides being topped with seared foie gras, the menu item was causing chatter because of its price tag: $55.

I decided to take a trip to the Rugby Grille, to see what a $55 burger tastes like.

Located in the Townsend Hotel, the Grille is definitely a special occasion restaurant known for old school style and top-notch service. Entrees, which average around $40, include roasted lamb loin, salmon matelote, duck a l’orange and a variety of steaks. The server’s description of the Dover sole prepared table side was almost enticing enough to make me forget the mission at hand, which was to order the foie burger.

The burger has a rich taste not only because of the seared foie gras (duck or goose liver from a bird that has been specially fattened; a controversial […]

Crains Detroit: Foie Burger debuts at The Rugby Grille

Posted by & filed under News.

Foie Burger debuts at The Rugby Grille

The Foie Burger is available now at The Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grill in Birmingham.

The Rugby Grille introduced a new item to their menu: the Foie Burger, priced at $55.

Sold exclusively on the dinner menu at the restaurant inside Birmingham’s The Townsend Hotel, the burger is composed of waygu beef, sweet onion jam, seared foie gras, braised short rib, parmesan aioli, burgundy truffles, Thomasville tomme cheese and is served with a side of burgundy truffle fries.

The Rugby Grille is located at 100 Townsend, Birmingham.

New restaurant in Eastern Market

Stache International, a 2,000-square-foot, 60-seat restaurant, opened Thursday. Starting with lunch, it add hours on the weekends and delivery to local bars to serve the late-night crowd.

The sandwich shop squeezed between Thomas Magee’s Sporting House Whiskey Bar and the Pure Shea Store, will serve bar-friendly food items such as sandwiches inspired by international flavors, charcuterie and appetizers like the Firecracker bites (cheese bites […]

Birmingham Eccentric: Birmingham restaurant introduces the $55 hamburger

Posted by & filed under News.

Foie Burger

If you’re tired of steak or lobster, there’s always the $55 hamburger at the Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grille in Birmingham.

Chef Damian Yopek is the creator behind the Rugby Grille Foie Burger. Sold exclusively at dinner, the burger is composed of waygu beef, sweet onion jam, seared foie gras, arugula, braised short rib, parmesan aioli, burgundy truffles and Thomasville tomme cheese. It’s served with a side of burgundy truffle fries.

“The $55 hamburger is pretty much an opulent hamburger,” Yopek said. “We know hamburgers aren’t supposed to cost that much, but we wanted to offer something unique with great flavor. It’s gratifying and satisfying and a good conversation piece.”

Yopek said the eight-ounce burger has been on the menu for three weeks and took off right away. The first one to purchase one was a food blogger by the name of Grace D, who gave it a great review on Yelp.

“First time dining […]