The fusion fare of Xiao Asian Bistro lives on under a new flag.
With a soft opening in mid-August, and a grand opening slated for Sept. 13, Cask and Co. will introduce a completely redesigned establishment with a new granite bar, reclaimed wooden tables, upcycled light fixtures and 16 beer taps in the old Xiao space. Modern American stone fired flatbread pizzas, handmade burgers and wings will be served alongside Xiao classics.
“Xiao closed July 1 and we started the construction for Cask and Co. that very night — just to change it up a little bit, and make it have a more modern feel,” said Kurt Weaver, general manager of Cask and Co. and Front 43. “There were definitely some people that were sad to see Xiao go. It became their go-to place for Saturday night dinner.”
Weaver said that those worried about their favorite dishes should fear not.
“We will still have sushi, sashimi and specialty rolls. We will still have the lunch buffet that Xiao had, but it won't be all Chinese food,” said Weaver.
“We are going to be expanding the menu, so it won't be strictly Chinese anymore. It will fresh modern American cuisine with Asian-Pacific and global influences.”
This versatility will make Cask and Co. the go-to spot for those that want a little bit of everything, Weaver said.
“It provides that niche — fusing Asian and American cuisines. People are excited to see the renovations and the new feel. They’re excited about having an expanded menu, and having a fresh cocktail menu with homemade simple syrups and fresh pressed juices.”
The redesign sharpens the bistro's focus on environmentalism and and sustainability.
“We've used a lot of recycled materials," Weaver said, "This chandelier we put together was reclaimed electrical spools, which are used by electricians that do nothing but throw them away. We were able to get them, sand them and put a little clear coat on them. Some of the materials we are using for to go containers are earth friendly.”
Don’t forget about the beer taps, six of which are exclusive to Cask and Co., Weaver said, bringing the total of beer taps to 40, including the adjoined Front 43’s selection.
Weaver said Cask and Co.’s diverse fare will be essential to a group watching the big game and looking to share their dish.
“We’re creating a more social vibe," he said. "A lot of the food will be great for sharing with your friends.”
Cask and Co.
3415 E. Saginaw St.
Kitchen opens Mid-August Tentative hours: Sunday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. See www.caskand company.com for more information and updates (517) 580-3720