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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-01-09

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ENTERTAINMENT

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One of Metropolitan Detroit's Most Beautiful
and Exciting Restaurant-Lounges

available for your
favorite occasion every Sunday (all day)
and Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m.

• Bar Mitzvah
• Shower
• Birthday

• Bat Mitzvah
• Banquet
• Sweet 16

• Wedding
• Anniversary
• Reunion

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call your host
PAT ARCHER: 358-3355

28875 Franklin Rd. at Northwestern & 12 Mile
Southfield, MI

Advertising in The Jewish News Gets Results
Place Your Ad Today. Call 354 6060

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AMERICAN GRILLE

A RESTAURANT AND MUCH MORE!

Lunch Served Monday Through Friday
11:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.

Dinner Served Until 12:00 Midnight
Monday Through Saturday

Nibbles and Dancing Till 2:00 a.m.

IN THE AMERICAN CENTER BUILDING
27777 FRANKLIN ROAD
Southfield
350-8450

PRIVATE BANQUET FACILITIES UP TO
175 PEOPLE FOR ALL OCCASIONS

VISIT OUR OTHER LOCATIONS ... PANACHE IN BIRMINGHAM
AND MAVERICK'S IN ROYAL OAK

54

Friday, January 9, 1987

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

BEST OF EVERYTHING

DANNY RASKIN

BACK IN 1965, Fran and
John Kales opened their little
22-seater Biff's operation at
575 South Hunter Blvd. in
Birmingham . . . Nine years
later in 1974, it was still a 22-
seater, but the Buffs name had
been dropped . . . and in it's
place went Lemon Peel.
This is when things began to
happen . . . Next door was
Carl's Car Wash. . . . and the
Kales, together with Fran's
dad, Leo Dimitrios, bought the
operation in 1975 . . . not for
expansion . . . but to continue
running it as a Carl's Car
Wash.
However, they must have
had something in mind . . . be-
cause in 1976, that little 22-
seater suddenly sat 100 . .
serving a general Greek menu
and a couple of sandwiches .. .
They had no liquor license .. .
Birmingham is tough . . . and
folks who wanted wine or beer
with their dinners looked
elsewhere for the spirits.
The Kales continued to hang
in there . . . surmounting the
odds . . . and got a license in
1978 . . . It brought some
people back, but wasn't the
prime reason why many re-
turned . . . The atmosphere
was homey and intimate .. .
the food good . . . and Fran and
John so very likeable.
In 1979, the menu was
changed . . . and daughter Elly
composed a "menu book" for
everyone . . . that included
omelettes and hamburgers ga-
lore . . . ribs, Greek specialties,
pizza . . . open breakfast, lunch
and dinner.
As the changes developed, so
did The Lemon Peel . . . and
today it is considered among
the finest places to dine . . . at
reasonable prices . . . in a won-
derful atmosphere of complete
comfortable relaxation.
It now seats 148 . . . with an
unbelievable different look .. .
The Lemon Peel always was an
attraction . . . with lounge that
showed movies, small dining
area where the family usually
sat with friends . . . and the
main dining room whose walls
were covered with show busi-
ness posters and theater maga-
zines . . . while a long Charlie
Chaplin drape hovered above
hanging from the ceiling.
But now all three have been
combined into one for a very
attractive area of intimacy and
spaciousness . . . seating 148.
Where once people entered
from a door into the dining
room is now an open foyer ex-
panse sided by etched glass .. .
with folks going either right or
left . . . to the lounge or dining
regions . . . into a complete new
experience.
A large settee booth has been
removed from the dining room
to make way for the foyer .. .
and situated by a corner fire-
place and large TV screen in
the lounge.
The dining area still has
those showbusiness posters .. .
wouldn't be Lemon Peel with-
out them . . . and the now
famous Charlie Chaplin drape
. . . But brass railings are all

around . . . and the stucco walls
are enhanced by soft pink
lighting peering from the ceil-
ing . . . There are no more cur-
tains between the dining room
booths . . . brass railings now.
The wall separating lounge
and dining room is still there
. . . but you can now see the
lounge . . . Plus the opening in
front, cut out completely by
John . . . he also cut away a
large window in the wall .. .
and put in an etched glass to
see through.
Fran and John don't have to
work hard anymore . . . It was
daughter Elly's idea . . . and a
very good one .. . to completely
remodel the place . . . She is
their general manager .. .
while other daughter, Kathie,
is assistant manager . . . Leo
opens up in the morning and
overseas the kitchen goings-
on.
Even the menu has been
changed . . . and how! . . . So
very colorful now, with lemons
and lemon peels on the four-
color cover . . . and four-color
inside listing 15 appetizers .. .
five soups . . . nine salads .. .
eight omelettes (Elly's book
menu had many more but
these are the favorites that
have been retained) . . . nine
sandwiches . . . five croissants
(roast beef, breast of chicken,
tuna, turkey, ham and cheese)
. . . seven burgers made with
100 percent fresh ground
round (these were also the
favorites taken from Elly's
previous menu) . . . five side
orders . . . five frozen specialty
drinks . . . three coffee drinks
. . . eight house wines served by
the glass, half carafe or full
carafe, two Greek wines (a
selected wine list is also avail-
able) . . . 15 beers (four on tap,
11 by the bottle.)
All the hot drinks except hot
chocolate (coffee, decaf, tea)
are served in handled glass
mugs . . . a distinctly tasteful
way of service that psychologi-
cally seems to make them taste
better . . . At least it does for
me . . . and I'm not alone.
Just about everything at
Lemon Peel is made on the
premises . . . It even has its
own bakery, serving all those
delicious breads and dessert
goodies.
The lounge area and dining
room have two different decors
. . . Lemon Peel's lounge is
more contemporary, with
framed pictures Elly ordered
from New York.
When John bought the wood
to do his masterful remodeling
chores, he selected choice oak
. . . which is elegant and beau-
tiful . . . But one thing for sure
John never counted on . . . it
being so hard that he would
have to drill in every nail.
The omelettes and burgers
are still great at Lemon Peel
. . . and you won't find too
many places with better lamb
chops . . . or baby back ribs . . . I
had roast chicken on a recent
visit there and couldn't get
over the natural flavor that is
preserved . . . Many folks go for

the teriyaki chicken, too.

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