Union Street’s building dates back to the early 1900’s when a hardware store/auto parts store were part of a thriving Woodward Avenue.
In the 30’s, the famous Italian restaurant Arturo's opened, thus the long running history of restaurants at 4145 Woodward Ave. Arturo’s was owned by relatives of other Detroit eateries, namely, Mario’s and Lelli’s! Arturo’s was also a social club for the Italian community in Detroit. Down the street was the magnificent Greystone Ballroom where the Big Bands played and people danced all night long. The Greystone bar had a gym above it where Mohammed Ali worked out as a young boxer.
In the 60’s, Arturo’s closed down and Mad Anthony Wayne’s opened. The name was appropriate for this “wild” neighborhood hangout. Entertainment of all sorts, along with a "Let's Celebrate!" atmosphere certainly added to its reputation. The neighborhood continued to decline and Mad Anthony Wayne’s closed. The entire block sat empty before Tom Brandel saw its potential and opened up Union Street in the mid 70’s. Union Street is a famous street in San Francisco with several bars and restaurants. Tom reopened the kitchen and started a Jazz & Blues tradition at Union Street.
Greg Gedda and Tony Balsys bought Union Street from Tom in 1986. Two inexperienced hometown boys were in for the journey of their life. They not only dealt with a costly business, but the Cultural Center had all the major problems of Detroit at that time.
Tony left the business; finally Greg became the “Boss” who totally designed Union Street famous restaurant! We became the first “hot spot” for Detroit in years. The cool place to be and be seen. Our Art Gallery featured artists like Jerome Ferreti and Hashim Al-Tawil, coupled with poetry readings by John Sinclair, and an eclectic bar crowd. Our reputation soared propelling us into the Big Time.
In the mid 90’s, Union Street became a full-fledged restaurant. We built a brand new kitchen in order to grow into our expanding market. We totally remodeled the Michigan Room in the exact replica of our art deco look in the main dining room.
Union Street continues to grow and expand into new areas. Our catering and in-house parties have grown along with our theatre crowd. Union Street is the neighborhood “hub” for community activities. We are committed to the community at-large, always working to improve the neighborhood we proudly represent!