About Us

About Us

C.A.Y.A. SMOKEHOUSE GRILL is a casual smokehouse bistro co-owned by Executive Chef, Jeff Rose and Rachel Mandell who both have 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Chef Rose brings his flair for unique great tasting food and Mandell, an upbeat positive outlook with a passion for great food and design.

Located in the former Nifty Normans building, C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere is like no other. Its rustic industrial look comes from the blend of modern metals and old style wood. Rusted copper, barn wood, and iron are some main design components. All of the barn wood used at the restaurant is from the 1916 Fred Irwin Farm, located in northern Michigan. Each board was hand cut and matched by size and color. Exposed cement-brick walls, an exposed ceiling, a black onyx bar, and industrial lighting add to the restaurant’s unique ambiance. C.A.Y.A. SMOKEHOUSE GRILL’S signature dining room seats 100 guests and its outdoor covered patio offers seating for an additional 60 guests and/or private parties.

Chef Rose, the opening chef at Michael Symon’s Roast in Detroit and executive chef for Toast restaurant in Birmingham, is the mastermind behind the mouthwatering menu items. His resume includes stints at other great restaurants such as Tribute, Big Rock Chophouse, and Iridescence. He’s received many accolades over the years for his mastery the kitchen.

C.A.Y.A. SMOKEHOUSE GRILL’s philosophy is to use as much farm to table as possible in Michigan. All of its produce is locally grown and its meats, duck, chicken, beef, pork, and ice cream are all from farms within 100 miles, most of it closer. They work closely with local farmers to ensure quality fresh ingredients in all its dishes. The bistro’s all natural products are not treated, chemically washed, or rinsed.