Who We Are.

Michael Luther – Executive Chef & Owner

Chef Mike took what was once a rabid hobby of culinary creations, and honed his skills in the commercial kitchen after 20 years of finance. First, it was with Red Cedar Grill. Luther delivered again with a masterfully dynamic + playful menu at Bridge Street Social, drawing from influences and loves from Italy, Greece, Spain, Morocco, and the Southwest U.S.

Always seeking new flavors, Chef Mike is redrawing the menu, often as quickly as every 6 weeks.

 

Justin King – Owner

Justin has logged an exciting 15 years in the wine industry, as a retailer, in sales, and now in restaurants. He is an Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. He has previously worked as sommelier at The Stand Gastro Bistro in Birmingham, and as Wine Director at Red Haven.
 
Justin was also named Best New Sommelier in Wine & Spirits Magazine’s October 2017 issue.
 

PRESS

 
09.22.17 – WKAR – Dewitt Restaurant Owner Named One Of Country’s ‘Best New Sommeliers’
 
09.06.17 – Wine & Spirits Magazine – Best New Sommelier – Justin King
 
08.31.17 – Lansing State Journal – Bridge Street Social owner named top sommelier
 
08.31.17 – Lansing City Pulse – Local somm makes national splash
 
08.30.17 – Detroit News – Restaurateur named one of nation’s best new sommeliers
 
01.26.17 – Guild of Sommeliers – Spotlight: Detroit – State of the Industry
 
04.14.16 – Lansing State Journal – DeWitt restaurant Bridge Street Social to open April 25
 
04.06.16 – Detroit News – Cheers: Sommelier squad leans on each other for support
 
01.19.16 – Lansing State Journal – Wine is the thing at Bridge Street Social

 

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At Bridge Street Social, we firmly believe in mentorship and education for our staff. It’s a matter of striving to be the best hospitality persons we can be. Education is never a weapon, and we have no interest in treating it as such.

We believe that the discipline of education is what helps our employees build their career trajectory in a manner that they see fit, that can help them achieve their goals, far beyond when they stop working for us and Bottleneck Hospitality.

Bottleneck Hospitality pays for all employee exams through the Court of Master Sommeliers, should the employee pass, and stay with us for a year afterward. 

So far, the results have been exciting.

Devin Hekkema – Introductory Sommelier Exam – 2017

Christian Gray – Introductory Sommelier Exam – 2017

Justin King – Advanced Sommelier Exam – 2017

Rob Klaver – Introductory Sommelier Exam – 2018 

Joe Todd – Introductory Sommelier Exam – 2018 

Christian Gray – Certified Sommelier Exam – 2018

Devin Hekkema – Certified Sommelier Exam – 2018

John Madigan – Introductory Sommelier Exam – 2019