Friday, February 15, 1985
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27822 ORCHARD LAKE RD.
AT 12 MILE OFF 696 8514094
WHEN ONLY ITALIAN DINING WILL DO
BEST OF EVERYTHING
MANY PEOPLE CALL it one
of the best kept secrets in family
dining . . . This is probably be-
cause Blakeney's has always been
thought of with steak and beans
. . . or such as would correlate
with the name Ranch House.
But this is today a very mislead-
ing impression . . . as Bob and
Dick Blakeney attempt to remove
this impression by making con-
centrations on the family restau-
It is located on Grand River be-
tween Eight Mile and Middlebelt
(V4 mile west of Eight Mile in
Farmington, almost across from
Botsford Hospital) . . . There are
two interesting rooms . . . one
seats 44, all in leather padded
booths . . . the other 100 all at ta-
We sat in the 44-seater with its
frosted glass and draped parti-
tions, solid beams on slanted
cedar roofs, brick wall and lamps
over booths from demolished
This is where we had lunch .. .
served by smiling; personable and
efficient Cathy Burger . .. It was a
good lunch, too . . . boneless breast
of chicken lightly brushed with
teriyaki sauce and mesquite-
grilled with its very delightful
taste . . . Also included was a most
interesting rice pilaf.
There were some artifacts
abdut . . . but we had heard much
of the other room and had to see
what so many people are talking
Separating the two rooms is a
seven-stool counter . . . and on the
walls are old menus and old pic-
_ Entering the other room is an
experienced . . . never saw so
many antiques and bric-a-brac .. .
Everything imaginable hants
from the 'ceiling . . . Even the
knickers and Wayne State frosh
cap worn by Bob and Dick's dad,
Bill Blakeney . . . This is where
the salad bar is also . . . for lunch
or dinner . : . with over 20 items in
an 1850s copper bathtub framed
with wood . . . Hanging by the
Salad Bowl is a sign, "Towels
The Blakeney's Restaurant of
today is very much different than
yesteryears . . . Back in 1931,
grandfather of Bob and Dick,
Harvey Blakeney, who passed on
in 1959, opened Blakeney's Juicy
Hamburger, W. Six Mile, across
from University of Detroit, where
the Detroit Lions football team of
those days used to play their
games . . . Grandpa Blakeney in-
troduced a juicy steak hamburger
as his specialty item, served with
a dish of family-recipe country-
style baked beans . . . The sand-
wich was unique, served on a long
bun and simmered in beef juice,
not fried and put on a round bun
. . . Generation after generation
. . . and that same sandwich still
remains . . . called the "Lon-
ghorn" . . . As for the baked beans,
over eight tons of dried beans are
bought each year now.
Harvey's son, Bill, opened his
own restaurant on Cass Ave.
across from what is now Wayne
State U. . . . Three years later, in
1938, he built the first Blakeney's
Ranch House on W. Davison near
Dexter . . . A locale considered
then to be on the outskirts of town
. . . but now far enough to keep
people away from those yummy
burgers and beans . . . For a
couple of years it was also a drive-
in . . . Fred and Louis Elias used to
come in asking Bill for sugges-
tions since they were soon intend-
ing to go into the restaurant busi-
Bill opened the present
Blakeney's Ranch House in 1968
with sons Bob and Dick . . . Bill
retired in 1976 . . . and his sons
That Longhorn sandwich with
baked beans served by Granddad
Harvey is still on the menu at
Blakeney's . . . but along with it is
a much more extensive selection
. . . About 13 sandwiches, six
soups, mesquite char-grilled or
regular . . . fresh fish, chicken,
steaks, ribs . . . Also three salads,
including a Chicken and Almond
Salad, six soups and seven des-
serts . . . There's a separate chil-
dren's menu . . . mixed drinks,
beer, wine . . . Spanish, Irish,
Jamaican, Keoki coffees and
English Java (Bailey's Irish
Cream, Tia Maria and coffee.)
Tom McKinnon, now with his
own gourmet restaurant - in
Northville, -was a busboy at
Blakeney's on Grand River .. .
then prep cook . . . After going to
Danny's Gin -MIll (now Diggers),
Tom married one of Blakeney's
waitresses, Jannine Ouelette.
The Blakeney employees have-a -
togetherness involvement . . . and
this very fine trait rubs off on
their treatment of customers .. .
Last Christmas, they took it upon
themselves to amass a collection
which was matched by Bob and
Dick . . . Children's Hospital -re-
ceived 600 stuffed animals as a
result of their kind thoughtful-
ness . . . and you can be sure a lot
of kiddies were made very happy.
Outside catering has also gone
over big for the Blakeneys .. .
with everything on the menu plus
prime rib , - etc., available.
The restaurant is open Sundays
for breakfast buffet ($4.95) from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. . . . Only Saturdays
and Sundays are breakfast hours
during the seven-day week . . .
Monday-Thursday, 11-11; Friday,
11-12 Midnight; Saturday, 9-12
midnight; Sunday, 9-11.
Blakeney's on Grand River
west of Eight Mile in Farmington
won't be a secret too much longer
. . . Grandpa Harvey would have
been proud of Bob and Dick . . . We
know dad Bill sure is.
IT BEGAN AS A muttering
rumor . . . then wildfired into
- much talk . . . But the final deal
wasn't closed until last week .. .
which is why you hadn't seen any-
thing written yet.
Now it is fact . . . and can finally
be revealed ... Original Irving's,
Greenfield, north of 11 Mile Road,
is no longer a Guttman operation
. . . It has been sold to Chutzpah
Enterprises . . . owned by Larry
Krohn, Allen Cohen and Steve
Weston, who have known each
other many years.
Larry is the working partner
. . . and assumes managerial re-
sponsibility at Original Irving's.
OPERA LOVERS WILL
enjoy Mario's, Second Blvd. on
Friday evenings . . . That's when