Change of plan: the Common Grill will remain open

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Phew! He was close!

Peas & Carrots Hospitality, owned by Chef Zack Sklar, Jim Bellinson and Josh Humphrey, has purchased The Common Grill from owner and executive chef Craig Common. Peas & Carrots Hospitality plans to preserve the legacy of the Common Grill by retaining the menu, ambiance and, most importantly, the loyal team that the community has come to know and love.

“I am thrilled to entrust my business to a capable team, a team that I know will uphold the legacy that my wife Donna and I have built in the community we call home,” said Chef Common. “I will be staying to oversee the transition and look forward to sharing my lifelong vision with the new team. If you stop by over the next few months, you’ll see me in my chef’s smock walking through the dining room, enjoying the familiar faces I’ve come to know so well over the years.

Common’s original plan was to sell the space, hopefully to another fine dining restaurant, but not the household name.

Peas & Carrots Hospitality has a solid reputation for maintaining the beloved attributes of the catering institutions they acquire, which was demonstrated when they purchased Beau Jack’s in 2014, now known as Beau’s Grillery, in Bloomfield Hills and Como’s in Ferndale in 2019.

“The Common Grill has been a mainstay of Chelsea for over 30 years, and we intend for it to remain so, continuing to focus on fresh ingredients, imaginative dishes and exceptional service,” said Josh Humphrey , head of Peas & Carrots Hospitality. Head of Operations. “The menu will remain the same, with customer favorites including miso-glazed Atlantic salmon, parmesan-crusted Lake Superior whitefish and burger from the grill.”

Peas & Carrots Hospitality Culinary Director José Colín will work closely with Chef Common to ensure a smooth transition. Colín joined Peas & Carrots Hospitality after working for Chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry for six years. Prior to that, Colín spent time in New York, working with chef Aarón Sánchez at Centrico and with world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to be an integral part of the Chelsea community, a community that is near and dear to the hearts of my family,” said Colín. “My wife Anna Foley grew up in Chelsea and has fond memories of enjoying meals and special occasions at the restaurant with her family and friends. We look forward to carrying on these age-old traditions for everyone as we create new memories together.

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