Who We Are
Holly McClain, a Michigan native honed her talent for hospitality in Chicago and Las Vegas, where she played an integral role in the development and operation of five award- winning restaurants throughout the last decade.
The hot spots include the iconic Spring Restaurant (short listed for James Beard Best New Restaurant), and the acclaimed vegetarian destination, Green Zebra, both formally located in Chicago.
As a passionate and inspired hospitality leader, Holly as always dreamed of furthering her career in Michigan, where she and her husband and partner Shawn moved to raise their family in 2010.
Holly entered Detroit’s dynamic and explosive culinary scene in 2019, opening Highlands Steakhouse and Hearth71 at the top floors of the GMRENCEN. Holly leveraged her front-of-house expertise to develop the hospitality culture and training protocol for the venue.
After growing up in downriver Michigan, and then graduating from University Liggett School, Holly moved to Chicago where she graduated from Lake Forest College. She then went on receive her culinary arts degree from Kendall College, before entering the restaurant business in Chicago. During her time in Chicago, Holly started to develop the idea to someday open an American brasserie restaurant in her hometown.
After years in the business, working side by side with Shawn on restaurant projects, Holly had the opportunity to open her restaurant in Detroit. Developing Olin has been such an exciting process, and Holly cannot wait to share this restaurant with the city of Detroit.