Acclaimed chef leaving Chicago to run new Detroit hotel’s restaurants

Thomas Lents, who earned two Michelin stars for the Trump Tower fine-dining restaurant Sixteen in Chicago, is leaving this week to run the food program for a new hotel in downtown Detroit. The move to Detroit’s forthcoming Foundation Hotel marks a bit of a homecoming for the Battle Creek native, whose parents and grandparents were raised in Detroit. He said he’ll be in charge of multiple food outlets inside the hotel, including a large ground-floor restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a fine-dining venue. Overall, however, he aims for the food to be “more approachable and kind of serves the community a bit more.”