Friday, January 4, 1985
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THE BEST KNOWN restau-
rant to many New Yorkers and
Californians who visit Detroit is
the London Chop House.
While we hope we have pretty
well proved to the regular readers
of this column that Detroit has
plenty of good restaurants, we can
find little quarrel with visitors
who go to the London Chop House
. . . Unquestionably, it is among
America's better restaurants.
Now owned by Max and Lainie
Pincus, original proprietors were
Les and Sam Gruber; along with
their partner, Al Woolf . . . Max
and Lainie also run the Caucus
Club in the Penobscot Building.
Les and Sam opened the Chop
House at its present location, 155
W. Congress, in 1938 . . . Before
opening the Chop House, Les op-
erated the Den of Forty Thieves at
Broadway and John R. during the
late '20s and early '30s . . . Spe-
cialty at the Den, in addition to
good food, were some 14 readers
given to forecasting the future
from tea leaves in the bottom of a
cup . . . This was immensely popu-
lar with the customers of that era.
The Chop House is a very New
Yorky restaurant . . . It is located
in the basement of the Murphy
Building . . . The walls are dark
wood paneling covered with cari-
catures of celebrities . . . Seating
is 184 . . . and about 150 or so with
As might be expected, the Chop
House menu is a la carte and
enjoys a reputation of being one of
the most extensive and expensive
Back before present Executive
Chef Jimmy Schmidt, Milos
Cihelka, master chef now at the
Golden Mushroom, and others in
the Chop House kitchen, regard-
less of the eatery's national repu-
tation and superb cuisine under
direction of Chef de Cuisine Panco
Valez, the specialties of the house
were two very simple entrees .. .
The hamburger in this case was
ground prime sirloin beef .. .
available in either a steak or an
equally superb sandwich.
The perch was a carryover from
the days when former Chop House
chef Eddie Dobler ran the kitchen
at Breitmeyer's . . . This was a
blind pig where Detroit Athletic
Club members used to go on Fri-
day night and eat a mess of
sauteed perch off of card tables
while seated on empty wooden
cases that once contained "stuff
right off the boat" . . . Danish tur-
bot, a form of sole, also was one of
Other contributions of the Lon-
don Chop House to the gas-
tronomic culture of Detroit in-
cluded the Caesar Salad, which it
introduced here . . . and a wine
cellar that the late Gruber used to
modestly describe as the `5best in
the Midwest, maybe from New
York to California."
PROHIBITION WAS A disas-
ter for many prior to the early
'30s, but owners of night clubs in
Manhattan never had it so good
either before or after . . . Consider
the attractions they could afford
to book — all in New York, and all
flourishing at the same time .. .
Heigh Ho Club featured the danc-
ing of Fred and Adele Astaire plus
warbling of Rudy Vallee . . . Libby
Holman starred at the Lido and
Beatrice Lilly at the Sutton Club
. . . At the Fifty-Fourth Street
Place, Helen Morgan held forth,
and Sid Silvers and Phil Baker
starred at the Little Club ... Joe
Frisco was the stuttering host at
Back Stage while Clayton,
Jackson and Durante were
smashing furniture at the Club
Durante . . . Add to all these
celebrities Paul Whiteman at the
Frolic and Clifton Webb at Ciro's
. . . Even Las Vegas never has or
had a lineup comparable to that.
Did mobsters participate in the
ownership of these glorified
speakeasies? . . . Well, one New
York assistant district attorney
was all but laughed out of the
state when he cautiously testified
in court about discovering that
"gunmen were reputed to have a
small interest in one of the clubs."
SINCE HUNGARIAN VIL-
LAGE on Springwells and 1-75
has changed back its hands to
Dave Ganus, things have been
perking along at a merry clip.
ED SULLIVAN, most suc-
cessful and durable m.c. in the
history of television, took a grea
deal of kidding for his. deadpa
expression . . . "In Africa," sai
Henny Youngman, "the cannibal
in particular adore Sullivan
They're convinced he's some kin
of frozen food."
MUCH HAS BEEN writte
about the places owned by Chuc
Muer . . . but little about this fin
gentleman . . . a credit to the re
JACK BENNY, who raise
millions of dollars at benefits fo
musicians and musical schol
arships, played the violin faith
fully, but with frequent wander
ings from correct pitch ... Afte
one of his more venturesom
solos, an anguished lad
exclaimed, "My God, he's lost hi
ear!" . . . Ever since, Benny like
to refer to himself as "the Va
Gogh of the Violin."
WHAT'S THIS? . . . Can it b
true that second owner of Foo
By Julie locale, 10 Mile an
Greenfield, wants to sell? .. .
just bought it . . . number eig
starting with Dubbs Countr
FAVORITE STORIES . . . b
Simone Vitale, of Sound Ideas . .
about the impossible-to-pleas
booking agent who patronized •
certain local restaurant re •
ularly, and was loathed by eve
waiter and waitress in the plat
—with reason . . . One day a head
line revealed that the agent ha
been. caught in a crooked stoc
promotion and clamped into jai
. . . "Hey, hey," rejoiced one of the
waiters." I'd like to see him sen
the pot roast back now!'
By Barrister Henry Baskin . .
about the little old lady bein
examined for jury duty in a smal
town courthouse . . . She wa
asked if she knew the defens
lawyer . . . "I do," she snappe
"He's a crook" . . . "And the plai
tiff's lawyer?" . . . "Yes, and he's
crook, too" . . . At this junctur
the judge called both lawyers an
told them in no uncertain to
"If either of you birds ask if sh
knows me, too, ru fine you for con
tempt of court."