Kitchen Proper is the brainchild of a partnership between husband-and-wife team Anthony Davis and Sarah Barany. The couple has 40 plus years of restaurant experience between them. Owning a restaurant was always a goal for the two of them. Tony is Executive Chef and Sarah is the Front of House Coordinator. Their experience and perspective perfectly complement each other, which ultimately led to them starting Kitchen Proper together in downtown Battle Creek, MI.
Tony and Sarah bought the restaurant in August of 2018 and rebranded and reopened as Kitchen Proper, right after Labor Day 2018. The name Kitchen Proper is inspired by the term “city proper”. The term is often used in bigger cities, e.g., “Detroit Proper” or “Charleston Proper”. The name is intended to invoke the feeling of being a part of a city. Battle Creek is experiencing a renaissance and Kitchen Proper is excited to be a part of the growth of the downtown.
Kitchen Proper is best described a “Rustic Urban Eatery”. The focus is on fresh, scratch made to order cuisine. The menu changes seasonally with dishes such as pasta, fresh fish, hand-cut steaks, unique salads and rotating entrees. There are nightly chalkboard features that showcase seasonal ingredients and the Chef’s creativity. There is always something new to try at Kitchen Proper!
We are truly excited to bring tasty, fresh food and excellent service to Battle Creek and all of Southwest Michigan. We offer local, fresh tasty fare and smiling friendly faces. We look forward to serving all of you in our kitchen.