Dining and Catering at the Townsend Hotel Fast Facts


The Townsend Hotel offers a variety of dining options for guests and visitors – whether looking for a quick and casual bite, a formal, gourmet dining experience or perhaps something in between, diners can find it all under one roof at the luxury property.

Under the direction and execution of Executive Chef Drew Sayes and Chef de Cuisine Andrew Alcid, The Townsend Hotel’s culinary fare consistently garners rave reviews among critics and guests alike.  Whether you’re enjoying a craft cocktail or dining at The Townsend’s award-winning Rugby Grille or sampling sweets from The Townsend Bakery, the hotel’s team of culinary experts is sure to please any palate.

Rugby Grille

Considered one of metro Detroit’s premier restaurants, the award-winning (Zagat’s, Forbes Travel Guide, Wine Spectator magazine) Rugby Grille offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience in a classically elegant setting.  With a commitment to uncompromising service, the Rugby Grille offers a variety of unmatched dining options.  From casual appetizers or tapas and cocktails on the seasonal outdoor deck, to a relaxing Sunday brunch, to the impeccable and refined Chef’s Tasting Menu, diners will delight in the variety of food and drink offered at the four-diamond restaurant.

Each week, award-winning Executive Chef Drew Sayes offers a new prix fixe menu option with wine pairings; and all of Chef Sayes’ menus utilize a variety of seasonal products from local farmers, ranchers and artisans.

The Rugby Grille is open both to guests of The Townsend Hotel and the general public seven days-a-week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  For more information or to make a reservation, click here or visit OpenTable.com.

The Corner


Located adjacent to The Townsend Hotel, The Corner has long been a favorite bar/lounge and nightlife hot spot on the Birmingham scene. 

Guests at The Corner will enjoy an impressive selection of first-class wines and champagnes from around the world, and an eclectic collection of premium spirits like top-shelf tequilas and vodkas, small batch bourbons and single malt scotches.  Additionally, The Corner features a large variety of local craft beers, as well as hundreds of unique and seasonal craft cocktails, many made from liquors and drinking vinegars cultivated locally in SE Michigan.

In addition to delicious drink, The Corner also offers guests a new, specially-selected light fare cocktail menu designed and executed by The Townsend Hotel’s award-winning Executive Chef Drew Sayes and Chef de Cuisine Andrew Alcid.

The Corner is one of Birmingham’s premier event spaces and can host parties up to 120 guests in style.  Additionally, The Corner is conveniently located directly across the street from a two-hour complimentary parking garage (Pierce Street Garage).

An intimate but contemporary locale, The Corner is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.  The Corner offers live entertainment from the area’s best DJs on Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 10 p.m.

The Townsend Bakery

Offering a wide variety of delectable, handmade, custom treats, including: cookies, cakes, muffins, scones, pies, cupcakes, tortes and freshly-baked breads, The Townsend Bakery is the perfect spot for a relaxing morning coffee, or a quick something sweet any time of day! 

Renowned also for its elaborate and elegant pastries and special occasion cakes, The Townsend Bakery is home to an Executive Pastry Chef and on-site chocolatier who are available to design the ultimate custom-made creations for any celebration.

The Townsend Bakery is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


The Townsend Hotel offers full-service, on-site catering for events of every size, from two to 500 guests.  Whether for a wedding, engagement party, bridal or baby shower, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 16, milestone anniversary, graduation party or any of life’s celebrations in between, The Townsend Hotel’s catering team guarantees delectable food and impeccable service.  The Townsend Hotel also expertly caters any corporate, community and athletic special events hosted at the property.  Private homes and businesses may also receive catering service by special request.  For more information, please contact Joanie Sams at 248.642.5191 or jsams@townsendhotel.com.  

Afternoon Tea

In the English tradition, Afternoon Tea at The Townsend is served as a relaxing break from the day, complete with a fine selection of Harney & Sons loose leaf teas and delicious and satisfying fare.  At Afternoon Tea – served in the Hotel’s intimate lobby areas complete with warm and inviting fireplace-side seating – guests will enjoy scrumptious finger sandwiches, orange cranberry scones with mascarpone cheese and homemade lemon curd and a delectable selection of miniature pastries.

Laura Klein, The Townsend’s Afternoon Tea Director, is available to create and orchestrate an afternoon of customized elegance and time-honored tradition for groups large and small, whether for a special occasion or just because!

Reservations are required and offered daily.  Contact Laura at 248.647.2196 or lklein@townsendhotel.com for more information.   Additionally, gift certificates for an Afternoon Tea experience are available, as is a carry-out option.

In-room Dining

While The Rugby Grille, The Townsend Bakery and Afternoon Tea offer a wide variety of enticing dining choices, guests of The Townsend Hotel need not leave the comfort of their rooms to enjoy the flawless service and delectable cuisine available at the property.  An In-Room Dining menu is offered daily and includes a variety of enticing specials from The Rugby Grille.

Beyond mouthwatering meals, The Townsend Hotel’s in-room dining program also features desserts, wine and cheese trays and champagne with chocolate-covered strawberries, as just a few of the specialties available for delivery.  Upon request, staff may provide personal in-room tableside service and wine by the glass.


The Townsend Hotel is a proud recipient of numerous dining, wine and pastry awards from some of the hospitality industry’s most respected authorities, including Zagat’s, OpenTable.com, Forbes Travel Guide, Wine Spectator, TripAdvisor.com and AAA, as well as local publications such as the Detroit Free Press, HOUR Detroit, Detroit Jewish News and Corp! magazine.  In 2014, The Townsend’s Executive Chef, Drew Sayes, was named Chef of the Year by the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association.