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April 29, 1983 - Image 38

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-04-29

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4. • w_ tv-*

Specializing in Authentic
Italian-American Dining
Lunches and Dinners

Open Sundays 2_to 9:30 — Closed Mondays


6 blks W of LI rernoi

Danny Raskin's

The Best of Everything

SCOTTEN built the Hotel
Cadillac many years ago on'
Washington Blvd. and
Michigan Ave., he intended
it as an enduring monu-
ment to himself . . . Over the
great fireplace in the lobby

he had inscribed "Si
Monumentum requiris cir-
cumspice" . . . the transla-
tion of which is . . . "If you
would see my monument,
look around you."
The monument disap-
peared . . . and in its place

A celebration
A meeting
A banquet
A wedding
A bar mitzvah
A party
A conference
A get-together

See our
totally new

• Magnificent new decor
completely redecorated.
• 3 Ballrooms plus
Grand Ballroom.

• Can accommodate 10 to 500.
• Imaginative menu.

• An elegant and ideal lOcation.

• 9 Meeting rooms.

another one, far more . . . Carol Channing, at the
gigantic and enduring, was Masonic Temple in "Hello
reared when taken over by Dolly," calls the Book-
the Book family . . . This
Cadillac home when in De-
was the new Book Cadillac, troit.
30 stories high.
The wonderful Grand
Monsieur Gaudencio Ballroom with its three
Garces, formerly of the huge crystal chandeliers,
Plaza and Ritz Carlton in many alcove balcony areas,
New York City, came to mirrors and wide expanse,
tickle the palates of De- is still one of the most beau-
troiters . . . The official lan- tiful anywhere.
guage of the Book Casino
There's a Silver Cadillac
kitchen became French . . . junior suite with silver foil
Garces had also plied his wallpaper, a Pink Cadillac
trade over 20 years . . . at Suite, a large Governor's
the Continental Hotel and Suite . . . and so many more
Cafe Restaurant de Paris, rooms that have been refur-
both in Paris.
bished in the elegant touch
Then came another of Bill, Fritz . . . and not to
name change ... to forget Sue Petrocy, night
Sheraton-Cadillac ... manager, soon to become,
and no more necessity for assistant resident manager.
a vest pocket "dictionary
Then there's the Motor
when dining at the Book
... Who can ever
Casino after that cafe had
opened in the revamped, forget this place where
renamed hotel . . . The the social crowd would
menu was in English ... gather to listen to
after a $1 million renova- Leonard Stanley on the
piano for so many years?
tion to the hotel.
During the Radisson
The name was changed
again . . . when New York- ownership from 1976, the
born hotelier Herbert old-fashioned brass auto
Weissberg purchased the horns and other
building from Sheraton memorabilia were replaced
Hotel Corp. . . . putting its with greenery and peanut
1,100-room property on a shells . . . and called The
new path of physical re- Haberdashery . . . Sadly,
vitalization . . Another this famous and elegant
$440,000 was spent in a watering hole has limped
crash program to paint along until the arrival of
walls, refinish floors, patch Bill Anton.
One of the first things Bill
plaster, replace frayed fur-
niture and outmoded TV did among his recent reno-
sets and room heaters, to vations was to bring back
cover garish wallpaper and the Motor Bar . .. its old
warmth, very fine menues
replace worn carpeting.
Herb moved into the hotel and tuxedoed waiters.
Yes, after all these years,
with. his Detroiter wife,
Ruth . . . and the fate of his here we were once again at
neighbor, The Heritage the Book-Cadillac Motor
Hotel that died, never hap- Bar . . . with dark woods,
.pened as people thought white drapes on half-wall
separating the dining area
would be the case.
Then it became the from its bar . . . two
Radisson Hotel . . . and now skylights with colored glass
is back again as the Book- . . . The elegant, well-
Cadillac . . . which should appointed room is gracious
bring back a nostalgic feel- with its dark green drapes
on __the windows facing
ing to many people.
They say that if you Washington Blvd.., dark
want •to get things done, green cloth on padded ta-
have Bill Anton do it . . . and bles, gaslight-type lights on
that's just what has hap- heavy beams and walls.
Biggest thing, though,
pened with this beautiful,
historic building which will about re-opening of
be 60 years old in December Motor Bar is the star-
. . . holding so many won- studded _ lineup of
derful memories . . . Bill is entertainment . . ..like the
Four Freshmen ... com-
the managing director
assisted by Fritz Spademan, ing in this Tuesday for
one week through May 7
. or George Shearing
There is no more Book-
Casino . . . The executive ' Sept 13-17 ... and others
offices have taken it over .. . in between.
Dining by candlelight at
The Standard Club that
once partied many affluent the Motor Bar of Book-
Detroiters before moving to Cadillac is a wonderful feel-
the Renaissance Center .. . ing . . . as the fine pianist
and now on Northwestern tickled ivories in very sooth-
Hwy. in Southfield . . . is ing pace . . . playing
called The Lawyer's Club, standards like, "Cocktails
but used primarily as a for Two," "Prisoner of
banquet hall . . . Of the Love," "These Foolish
1,100 rooms, 700 are opera- Things," etc.
We had a fine meal .. .
ble . . . and the hotel which
housed so many presidents lobster bisque, New York
has now become a favorite Sirloin au poivre, with
for sports and show biz whole peppercorns and
mushrooms . \. while the
While here in "Zorba," man Billy Anton introduced
Anthony Quinn made his as one of America's finest
suite into an art gallery for jazz singers, Frank D'Rone,
the star's paintings, plus gave out with songs to
donning a=-'smock -to paint
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