A restaurant and lounge with a sleek, urban vibe and a modern, approachable menu has opened in downtown Plymouth, in the former 1999 Tavern space on Forest Avenue.
Called Panache 447, the restaurant bills itself as "a dining and social experience." With contemporary brown-black wood furniture, ivory leather upholstery and accents of apple green, the dining room offers traditional tables, high-tops and tall booths, as well as ivory leather sofas and low tables for relaxing with a drink.
The room's most striking feature is a large, curving mosaic behind the bar, depicting the head of a Greek statue rendered in hundreds of tiny white, ivory and beige ceramic tiles.
Panache is "basically dining first, but it's also a social experience," says Blake Kolo, who opened the business with his father, Robert Kolo. Debuting Jan. 5, the restaurant is still expanding its menu, he says.
First courses include dishes such as crab-cake corndogs. The sushi list has about a dozen selections. Entrées range from seared tuna with miso fingerling potatoes to the Panache burger, with 32 topping choices. Dinner entrées are priced from the mid teens to high $20s; the burger is $12.50.
Lunch offers sushi, burgers, more salads and sandwiches, and a half-dozen entrées.
Panache also has a small private event space called the White Room with a full glass garage door and an upstairs lounge and bar called Level 447. "We have a pretty good crowd there until 2 a.m. on weekends," Kolo says. (447 Forest; www.panache447.com and 734-386-8447)