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April 14, 1989 - Image 90

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-04-14

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!BEST OF EVERYTHING I

Harriet & Jack Goldberg and Family

of

STAGE
&Co.

Top Hat In Windsor
Continues Tradition

On The Boardwalk, Orchard Lake Rd., S. of Maple

DANNY RASKIN

855-6622

Local Columnist

W

very warmly extends

to our Customers, Friends and Relatives

We will close Wednesday, April 19 at 3 p.m.
And reopen Thursday, April 27 at 10 a.m.

COUPON

COUPON

COUPON

FULL SLAB
RIB DINNER
FOR 2

HALF SLAB
HALF' CHICKEN
DINNER FOR 2

CHICKEN DINNER
FOR 2
(2 HALF CHICKENS)

Roasted $795

$795
Reg. $11.95
• PICKUP. ONLY

• Expires 4-30-89

or Bar-B-Q

Chicken

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Reg. $11.95
• PICKUP ONLY

• Expires 4-30-89

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SARVONTE'S

PIZZA SPECIALTIES•SALADS & MORE

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join the mob

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Roasted $7
or
Bar-B-Q

Reg. $11.00
• PICKUP ONLY

ALL DINNERS INCLUDE:
• OUR OWN COLE SLAW
• CRISP FRENCH FRIES
HOMEMADE SOFT ROLLS

HAPPY & HEALTHY PASSOVER

— HOURS

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
MON.-SAT 10:30 o.m.-10 p.m.

Across From Diamond Market

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Detroit's Premier
Supper Club

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SUN. 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

357 6500



HOA KOW
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Al

13715 W. 9 MILE, it of Coolidge
Oak Park • 547.4663

ON JEFFERSON
Wishing Our Customers and Friends

Wishes It's Friends
and Customers

411". Air

A Very Happy & Healthy Passover

7909 East Jefferson at Van Dyke 331-5450

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• Expires 4-30-89

26093 W. 12 MILE, JUST EAST OF NORTHWESTERN • SOUTHFIELD

Fine Italian Cuisine

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FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 1989

A HEALTHY &
HAPPY PASSOVER

- hen talking or writ-
ing about existing
legends, there are
few to match that of the Top
Hat Steak & Lobster House
in Windsor.
It is the only surviving
nitery in this area which has
consistently brought top-
name entertainment.
April 20 will be another
milestone in the exalted
history of owner Mike
Drakich's highly-touted Top
Hat which entertainers the
world over know and revere.
This will also be a special
day in another way . . .
Singer-actor Al Martino is
one of the few if any enter-
tainers whose contractual
rights allow him to go into
the kitchen wherever he plays
. . . He's an excellent cook .. .
and on April 20 will personal-
ly prepare the authentic
Italian gourmet dinners serv-
ed that evening.
Every time Al plays the Top
Hat he goes to the market to
buy (from his own pocket) for
Mike and 'the meals he'll
prepare to the delight of other
entertainers and employees
there . . . This time, on the oc-
casion of Mike's 30th anniver-
sary, his widely-noted prowess
as a fine cook will also be for
the April 20 customers.
Al Martino's appearance is
a three-nighter, April 20-22
. . . and many folks are look-
ing forward to his singing
talents with mouth-watering
anticipation . . . especially
those who'll be able to get in
the evening of April 20 and
partake of Al's personally
prepared dinners.
Mike took over the former
Rowson's Tavern back on
April 1, 1959 . . . and after
many renovations opened his
doors for business on April 20,
1959,as Top Hat Supper Club,
which was changed in 1972 to
Top Hat Steak & Lobster
House.
Many show business per-
sonalities look to Windsor's
Top Hat as their "starting
ground" . . . Rich Little, for
example, got his start at the
Top Hat back during the mid-
'60s . . . A relatively unknown
at the time, Little returned
for six consecutive years at
the Top Hat . . . with
engagements that ran as long
as 16 weeks of the year . . . He
has never forgotten this.
Back in 1963, Mike started
bringing in the stars and it
was during the '60s that
onstage glamour left its im-

print on the entertainment
annals of that decade . . . It
was a period when supper
clubs were at their high spot
and the Ibp Hat was gaining
nationwide recognition for
the quality talent being
featured.
It all started with Georgia
Gibbs ("Kiss of Fire") . . . then
Julius LaRossa, Theresa
Brewer, Sarah Vaughn . . .
followed by Charlie Callas,
Norm Crosby, Rich Little,
Bobby Vinton, Roy Clark,
Frankie Avalon, Giselle
MacKenzie, Dick Gregory,
Jack E. Leonard, Phil Foster,
Jose Greco, Buddy Greco, the
very clean George Carlin, the
very young Richard Pryor,
and the very dirty Redd Foxx.
Buddy Rich, Irish Rovers,
Ricky. Nelson, Jerry Van
Dyke, Bette Midler, Dick

Al Martino will
perform April
20-22 and cook for
the patrons April
20.

Shawn, John Gary, Jackie
Kahane, Four Lads, George
Goebel, Della Reese, Brenda
Lee, Al Martino . . . and so
many more.
Who was the biggest draw?
. . . Lily Tomlin had them lin-
ed around the block twice pro-
bably because of a lot of
publicity she had received in
the Detroit papers . . . Jack
Madden of the Windsor Star,
as can be recalled, didn't give
her a very good review at the
time.

Who was the highest . paid
entertainer? . . . Mike says it
could have been Ed Ames
whose latest record was a big
hit . . . Back in 1967, Mike
shelled out $8,500 a week, big
money in those days, for the
Irish Rovers.
As the years rolled by Mike
survived them all . . . brother
Nick's Metropole, Killarney
Castle, Gay Haven, Act IV,
Moon Supper Club, Michigan
Palace, Roostertail, etc. .. .
Even the Elmwood Casino in
Windsor, Mike's main com-
petition, owned by Al Siegel
with its 1,000 seats while Top
Hat never sat- more than 300
as Mike caught the stars on
the way up -and Elmwood
Casino had them at their
peak . . . In other words, Mike
watched the talent develop
followings at the Top Hat .. .
getting them for "a song" so
to speak, because of his rap-
port with talent agents and a
keen eye for show biz attrac-

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