Sunday July 6th, 2014
Dan Maddox and George Katsuras had set their eyes on an Ouellette Avenue building in the Summer of 2013.
Plans were set into motion starting in December, and the Foundry was born on April 17th of this year.
When deciding what the men wanted for an establishment, they knew they did not want it to be anything like there is in the area.
“I think people are growing tired of the same old clubs, and now everyone wants to just relax and enjoy their evening out,” said general manager Jordan Douglas.
The entire bar and lounge was constructed by Todd Lindsay, an exclusive hand-crafted furniture designer in the Windsor area.
“Nothing gets approved until Todd gives it the green light. If there’s any sponsors, it’s incorporated into the designs. No banners around here,” says Douglas, adding that they did not want anyone to be reminded of the previous establishment. “We wanted to start from scratch.”
Decorating the place are pieces of Windsor and Detroit, keeping with the industrial feel, and its pledge to the city. Like the front-splash of the bar: it is broken-down Hiram Walker barrels, and the remaining hoops of the barrel were created into globes for lighting. Table tops were taken from a Detroit wood-working shop class — underneath you can see the students’ signatures.
As for their food, the Foundry began leaning towards Mexican pub food. With their open concept kitchen, no grill and no deep fryer, you can see everything prepared in front of you.
One special and contrasting things that makes the Foundry unlike others is that Douglas creates his own house-infused cocktails from a selection of bourbons.
Visit the Foundry at 495 Ouellette Avenue. You can reach them at 519-915-3758.
The bar is open Monday through Saturday from noon until 2am.