Oakland Universit 's
H E A T R E
A Professional Theatre
, Hamlet A Happy Marriage
For Cattleman's, Oak Farms
by /Paul Rudnick
February 9- March 5
The ghost of
returns to coach
a young star
in the role
of a lifetime!
mit-bigots tonna! for
arts and cultural ajjans
HUDSON'S, HARMONY HOUS
& BLOCKBUSTER MUSIC
Joe Muer s Restaurant
is pleased to announce a
Our package includes:
Dinner and Dessert
Tax and Gratuity
Main floor sealing and Round-trip shuttle service
Weekdays $100.00 per person
Weekends $110.00 per person
Call Deanna at
27167 Greenfield, Just North of 11 Mile
WITH DAILY DINNER SPECIALS
AND EARLY BIRD DINNERS
HOMEMADE RICE PUDDING, HOME-
MADE TAPIOCA PUDDING OR JELLO
• Daily Specials
• Early Bird Specials
• 2 For 1 Specials
• 10% Senior Citizen
Discount 3 p.m. to Closing
(Not Good On Early Bird or 2 For 1 Specials)
DANNY RASKIN LOCAL COLUMNIST
hen eating a choice tually shop for their meats and
piece of meat or enjoy- dairy in a large refrigerated area,
ing the fruits and veg- where the products, especially
etables on a plate at meat, have a huge variety with
restaurants, the thought rarely whatever not displayed able to be
occurs as to where it may have gotten.
Deboning and trimming of
And just as darkened a notion meats are done at all the five Cat-
is the fact that it may have been tleman's retail outlets ... And the
purchased where anyone, not prices are such that many restau-
only restaurants but the general rateurs have discovered buying
public itself, can go and get the at Cattleman's saves money ...
luscious edibles in their raw form Consumers are finding this out,
... at the same price ... Of course, too.
The 52,000 square foot Cattle-
for many, cooking the meat and
having the food brought to your man's Meat and Produce whole-
sale warehouse near Eastern
table has its preferences.
Dining out ranks
high on the list of pri-
orities in the United
States ... Dining in, too
... America's food pas-
sion is not only for body
sustenance ... Taste
comes into play on a
high note ... But at the
top are quality and
The recent merger
of Cattleman's Meats
and Oak Farms
Produce ... into one
name ... Cattleman's
Meat and Produce ...
brought together a
chain that both oper-
ations were seeking ...
Their quest for all-
around food provision
had finally been end-
It is now under the
ownership of Marcus Tim Collins, David and Marcus Rohtbart of Cattleman's.
and David Rohtbart,
whose successful oper-
ation serves a dual purpose for Market is the only packing oper-
consumers to enjoy its food both ation with its own retail stores ...
The addition of fruits and veg-
at restaurants and at home.
Cattleman's Meat was origi- etables makes a neat package for
nally Eastern Market Beef, shoppers who have been as-
opened by Holocaust survivor tounded by the quality and low
Marcus Rohtbart in 1970 as a prices.
Matt Martin, former president
wholesale outlet only ... He lat-
er put up a partition as a retail of Oak Farms, who started the
outlet and called it Cattleman's merger ball rolling, is chief oper-
Meat, with youthful son, David, ating officer, retail meats and pro-
on hand to learn the business of duce ... He had called Dave about
their operations getting together
boning, packaging, etc.
It wasn't long before there ... Tim Collins and Vito Capizzi,
were three retail outlets, Detroit, who ran the two Oak Farms' set-
ups, remain with Cattleman's ...
Hamtramck and Taylor.
The transformations at the Tim is vice president in charge of
Oak Park and Farmington loca- produce operations; Vito, produce
tions are amazing ... $2 million buyer; Skip Bieber, manager of
worth in Oak Park at Coolidge the retail meat operation; and
and Nine Mile ... and $1.5 mil- David Rohtbart president and
lion in Farmington on Grand Riv- chief executive officer.
Plans are in the air for the
As example, the former Oak opening of more retail outlets.
David had always wanted to
Farms is now 18,500 square feet
... and both have a totally new get into the produce end ... and
concept that carmot be found any- when Matt called, it was like
where else ... Customers can ac- someone was reading his mind
... Dave loves the fresh foods con-
cept and the value of having both
meats and produce as one.
At the expanded retail stores
now are many thousands of dif-
ferent meats and produce, a deli
service counter, dairy products,
related grocery items and neces-
sary frozen foods ... The assort-
ment of products is astounding
... as is the fact that regardless
what kind of meat is desired,
Marcus and David will get it for
customers ... You'd be surprised
at some of the requests that have
Cattleman's Meat and Produce
makes its own deli trays, nut
trays and fruit baskets ... It will
even pre-season and slice prime
rib on a tray if desired.
People have been coming to
Cattleman's for their dinner par-
ty meats for more than just qual-
ity and price ... They are all
pre-seasoned and customers are
told exactly how the meats should
David's indoctrination into
Marcus' business was in 1971
when the 15-year-old cut his
thumb instead of a piece of meat
... He attended Miami Universi-
ty but returned after two years
to devote full time with Dad.
Marcus had unforgettable teen
years ... Ones that later made
him the author of / Wanted To
Live To Tell A Story relating the
dramatic, often horrifying, but
miraculous saga of how he sur-
vived the Nazi Holocaust.
Marcus had been a prisoner in
10 different concentration camps
in three years ... The year of his