Discover Our Story
2007 to Today… and still getting better.
On December 7th, 2007, Lindsay Palizzi, with the help of her husband, Nick, opened the restaurant she had been dreaming of for nearly ten years. They drew upon the expertise that she had gained through her years of work as a CPA with Nick’s knowledge and understanding of restaurant design from his years as a commercial architect to create an environment quite different than any other restaurant in Michigan. With assistance from many friends, family, and excellent staff, they created Downtown Main Martini Bar & Grille on the simple premise of providing great food, quality refreshments, and a stunning atmosphere… all at a reasonable price.
These original owners are still involved in the day-to-day operation of the restaurant but have added an excellent management and culinary team that believe in these these original principles. With their help, Downtown Main now has an award-winning entree and tapas menu and have combined it with more unique martinis, a world class wine list, an extensive list of beer from around the world, and over 200 different types of liquor to provide the most unique and exciting dining experience available in Livingston County. Thanks to these things and the wonderful support of staff and the Brighton community, Downtown Main has had the honor of being named Best Tapas Restaurant and Best Martini Bar by WDIV’s Click on Detroit Best Of Contest as well as Best Trendy Bar in the Detroit A List Contest.
Meet Our Team
Jennifer Pellegrini, General Manager
Jen has more than 10 years in the restaurant industry and joined Downtown Main in 2013 where her talents were immediately evident. Jen was named our lead server soon after and has since solidified herself as a leader earning her the role of General Manager. Jen is responsible for the daily operations of the restaurant and is a dedicated wife to husband Tony and mother to her three children. She is a resident of Brighton and an active member of our community.
Lonai Nations, Bar Manager
Lonai has worked in the bar and restaurant industry for over 25 years along with a background in drug and alcohol management in a HR setting. She took the job at Downtown Main as a part time job to supplement her income and decided to remain full time after realizing the excellence of our staff and the guests. She has no plans to return to a 9-to-5 job as she feels that “this is not a job but my family now and I’m thrilled to be part of it. It’s a perfect fit for me and I am excited to be a part of a team that allows me the ability to offer new drink ideas that are trending. It’s something new and fresh all the time.” Lonai has two grown children and enjoys spending time with them as much as possible.
Joe Schaffer, Executive Chef
Joe has been in the restaurant industry for 37 years and an executive chef for more than 23. He has been fortunate to have studied under many great chefs and has definitely made his way into that category as well. He knows how to cook with real food and clean ingredients and every bite of his creations are delicious. He has a great artistic insight and loves to be challenged. Joe has worked and lived in Livingston County for many years and he recently moved to Saline with his new wife and their three children.