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November 13, 1992 - Image 82

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-11-13

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Thursday, November 26th
\_ 11:00 am to 3:30 pm

Enjoy your Thanksgiving in our Grand Atrium
and Jacques Demers Restaurant
Our holiday table includes:
carved turkey, ham and roast beef, an array of salads
and delectable entrees as well as
a sumptuous dessert table.
Bring the entire family and enjoy a holiday tradition
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$17.95 per person
$8.95 Children under 12

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29269 Southfield Road north of 12 Mile
In The Southfield Commons

569-1400

A Popular Delicatessen
Celebrates 30th Anniversary

DANNY RASKIN LOCAL COLUMNIST

A

dd another living
legend to the list of
dining out greats that
have survived the
years with local consumer
appreciation.
Today, Stage & Co. on West
Bloomfield's Boardwalk, Or-
chard Lake Road south of
Maple, is celebrating a much
coveted 30th anniversary as
one of metropolitan Detroit's
premier delicatessen- restau-
rants.
"This tastes like Mom's
soup," exclaimed Abe
Goldberg as he downed a bowl
of cabbage borscht . . . "Who
do you think I've got in the
kitchen?" said brother Jack
Goldberg . . . He and wife
Harriet had in November
1962 bought Liberman's Deli
on Nine Mile in Oak Park
and renamed it Stage Deli.
They surrounded them-
selves with a complete
theater motif that for 20
years made the Stage a place
where people from all walks
of life . . . men and women of
the streets to celebrities
galore . . . basked within the
confines of movie and show
biz posters, most supplied for
them by theatrical giant Joe
Nederlander . . . The in-
teresting wall surroundings,
delicious homemade food and
good service had vaulted
Stage Deli into much local
prominence.
It was a big favorite of the
stars who performed at the
nearby Northland Playhouse
with its well-known movie
and footlights personalities
. . . and had earned a certain
niche that seemed to give
Stage a magnetic draw.
After 20 years in Oak Park,
Jack and Harriet opened
Stage and Co. in West Bloom-
field, also in November, where
they have held court for the
last 10 years.
The move to open a second
place was a scary trip for
them . . . Their original in-
tent had been to own
delicatessens, with daughter
Sheila running Oak Park as
Jack and Harriet operated
West Bloomfield . . . However,
an offer given them for the
Oak Park locale was too good
to refuse and so they sold.
As things turned out, it was
a move for the better . . . Com-
plete concentration could now
be given to Stage and Co.,
which was a far cry from the
Stage in Oak Park.

The original 2,000-square-
foot location sat 90 people in
an atmosphere that was
beginning to show its age .. .
It still stands today but is a
very faint semblance of the
one Jack and Harriet owned
and had certainly won a ma-
jor share of deserved praise.
Stage and Co. on Orchard
Lake Road today seats 150
with a delicatessen dining
room that is among the na-
tion's most beautiful . . . and
a kitchen of shimmering
stainless steel from where its
excellent traditional Jewish
homemade cooking is born
daily.
The West Bloomfield site
takes up an entire 5,000
square feet that was to have
been two stores on Board-
walk's northern corner.
As large as Stage & Co. is,
that's how much beauty is
packed into this anniversary-
celebrating delicatessen-res-
taurant with its theatrical
lights everywhere, olive-
colored padded booths and
chairs, blond woods, brass
railings, very important at-
tention paid to the acoustics
as carpeting covers the walls
(a lesson no doubt learned
from their Stage in Oak
Park), roomy area for carry-
out, recessed lighting, smok-
ed glass, frosted glass
dividers, etc.
And what would Stage &
Co. be without its classic
posters and framed
photographs? . . . They are
graciously displayed amid an
accentuation of intimate
beauty.
Six months after opening,
Stage & Co. was given a li-
quor license by West Bloom-
field . . . The first use was for
a service bar, but the past
three years have seen it as a
sitdown bar with 10 seats.
Things of primary concern
30 years ago are still highly
significant with Jack, Harriet
and daughter Sheila Levine,
Stage's very competent
general manager married to
Barry Levine, manufacturers
representative for a plumbing
supply company but still com-
ing by to kiss Sheila and help
out . . . Factors like quality
food and service, so very
essential in the makeup of a
good restaurant, remain of
uppermost importance.
The authentic Jewish
delicatessen food at Stage &
Co. has become a for-granted

. . . and its personnel take a
back seat to very few.
One of the waitresses, plea-
sant and fast Roz Son-
nenstrahl, came into the
world riding on a corned beef
sandwich so to speak . . . Her
father was the late Ben Eps-
tein, former owner with
George Fink of Ben &
George's on Dexter Boulevard
. . . Roz has been with Jack,
Harriet and Sheila since the
Oak Park deli days . . .
Another waitperson, Rochelle
Raben, smiling and so effi-
cient, came to Stage & Co.
two years ago also with a
delicatessen family back-
ground . . . Father David
Raben is a long-time deli gent
hereabouts.
The employees are all
dedicated workers . . . with
the prime intent in mind to
provide full satisfaction for
Stage & Co. customers .. .
This has been a fervent credo

The West
Bloomfield site
was to have been
two stores on
Boardwalk's
northern corner.

fulfillment by which Harriet,
Jack and Sheila continue to
live.
Itta Melman, head cook
since the opening; Christine
Feasel, night manager; Early
Milliner, kitchen manager,
also at the West Bloomfield
location from its beginning;
Sandi Henra, bartender; Mr.
Everything Rommel McDou-
gal, baking, hosting, tending
bar, cooking, waiting on
tables, etc., who came to
Stage & Co. eight years ago as
a dishwasher; Jack and Har-
riet's niece, Sharon Balamut,
office manager; and so many
more.
At the large, curve-shaped
carry-out counter and its
fresh display of delicatessen
goodies are two veterans of
the deli world . . . Dave
Shpargel, who with dad Sol
Shpargel used to own Sol's
Delicatessen; and Jack and
Harriet's nephew, Stanley

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