DBusiness-The Townsend Hotel Names New Managers

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The Townsend Hotel Names New Managers
DBusiness Daily News


Published: January 20, 2016


The Townsend Hotel, a luxury hotel in Birmingham, has added three new managers to its operating team. They are: Daniel Colangelo as food and beverage manager, Ana-Lisa Cervantez as banquet manager, and Kori Reeves as assistant front office manager.

Colangelo, who has more than 10-year working in restaurants, is responsible for the daily operations of the Rugby Grille, The Townsend’s award-winning fine dining restaurant. Previously, Colangelo served as operations manager at Eddie Merlot’s in Bloomfield Hills. Before that, he worked as assistant general manager of Buca Di Beppo in Utica, and was assistant manager at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Southfield. He is a member of the National Restaurant Association.

Colangelo, of Waterford, earned dual associate degrees from Oakland Community College in liberal arts and criminal justice.

As banquet manager, Cervantez brings more than 10 years of hospitality experience and is responsible for executing […]

Detroit News: Burger Decadence at Rugby Grille

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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

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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

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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 […]

Steven Kalczynski – Managing Director

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Executive Portrait

Steven Kalczynski, now a hospitality industry veteran, didn’t know a single soul in all of Asia when he hopped a flight to spend a month there looking for work to bolster his burgeoning resume with international experience.  He ultimately landed in Shanghai, serving as resident manager of the Portman Shangri-La.  Since then, Kalczynski, who has called The Townsend Hotel home since September 2012, added professional pins to Xian, Beijing, Mumbai, Grenada, W.I., Toronto and Doha, Qatar on his world map of global experience.  Stateside, Kalczynski’s more than 30-year-career also has included property management roles in Boston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Charlotte, NC and Los Angeles.

Kalczynski’s on-the-job globetrotting taught him a valuable career lesson that he carries with him throughout his daily work at The Townsend Hotel, whether hosting a neighborhood couple for a little luxury staycation, or a foreign diplomat visiting on official business.  “After years of working in many different […]