Ferndale’s Public House reopens with new vegan menu and new patio


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  • A hamburger from Public House & Garden.

Ferndale’s Public House reopens under new owner as Public House & Garden, with a new vegan menu and a lush patio garden.

The restaurant is now owned by the Ferndale-based Hometown Restaurant group, according to a press release. The restaurant is scheduled to open the week of December 21.

The new owners say they have revamped the place’s upscale comfort food menu to include expanded vegan offerings, with a second kitchen built to accommodate them. The second kitchen was needed to prevent “cross-contamination between vegan and non-vegan items, with all staff receiving special training to prevent cross-contamination,” Public House chef Anthony Schmitz said, according to a press release.

The company says much of the new menu is dedicated to vegan offerings, including vegan burgers, made with a homemade blend of barley, carrots, beets and potatoes served with vegan American cheese. , vegan dijonnaise and an option to add house-made bacon tempeh.

Other vegan dishes include the hot and sweet crispy cauliflower, grilled carrots, beet salad, and homemade crispy tempeh bacon.

Renovations include a four-season patio designed by Birmingham Architects Ron & Roman, which features two blooming wisteria and a floral wall backdrop, with a ‘kaleidoscopic lighting array’ that ‘lights up a new onyx counter bar’ . The outdoor space adds 82 additional seats.

New signage has also been added to the front facade of the building.

Public House opened in 2013 as part of the Working Class Outlaws restaurant group, which also had an Imperial taco restaurant nearby and a Japanese-style Antihero izakaya. Public House and Antihero were closed in 2020 due to the pandemic, and the popular Imperial briefly closed while Working Class Outlaws was undergoing a restructuring following allegations of sexual harassment against a former partner.

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Public House and Antihero were then sold to Hometown Restaurant Group, formerly known as Kramer Restaurant Group, whose owner-operator Brian Kramer also owns Pop’s for Italian, One-Eyed Betty’s and former Rosie O’Grady’s nearby. .

“Ferndale feels right at home,” Kramer said in a statement. “It’s a community, and Public House is a staple of the community, and I didn’t want to see it closed.”

Antihero remains closed for the moment.

Public House & Garden will open with limited hours, with service from 4:00 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Public House & Garden is located at 241 W. Nine Mile Rd. More information, including employment opportunities, is available at dinehometown.com.

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