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September 01, 1995 - Image 87

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-09-01

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ENJOY GREAT DINING
ON OUR OUTDOOR PATIO

kitchen ... at Albert's Dining
Room on West Seven Mile,
owned by Albert and Betty Kast-
ner.
He was born in the ghetto of
New York City, came to Detroit
in 1918, and had been a head-
waiter at Cliff Bell's, London
Chop House and Staler Terrace
Room ... They saved up money,
went to Florida to open the Con-
tinental Club near Miami, and
were back in a couple of months.
Betty was a wonderful cook
and ran a spotless kitchen, with
everything homemade by her ...
Betty's pies were delicious ... It
used to close five or six weeks in
the summer for vacation but
didn't lose a customer ... Albert's
never had guest checks ... Just
tell him at the register what you
had and Albert trusted you.
When Emil Huck and his two
sons, Emil Jr. and Harold,
opened Huck's Redford Inn on
Grand River near Seven Mile
Road, it was one of the places
where people liked driving to on
a pleasant Sunday afternoon ...
Sort of like a roadhouse located
out in the country.
Later, as it became surround-
ed by houses, stores, etc., Emil
Jr. used to think of the place as
being downtown compared to the
old days ... When the Huck fam-
ily took over Redford Inn (for
years it had been known as the
Ackmur Club, a haven for thirsty
gamblers through the 20s and
`30s) they brought with them a
wealth of experience in the
restaurant business, having been
operators of the Westwood Inn.
The Westwood was remem-
bered as the stopping off place for
the likes of Tommy Dorsey, Jim-
Vanelli's, on Woodward north my Dorsey, Glenn Miller and
of Six Mile, was owned by three Benny Goodman back in the days
brothers, Sam, Al and Joe ... when big bands were in vogue ...
They had come to America from One of the unique things about
the north of Italy in the '20s and the Westwood was the good food
soon ran a kind of a "boarding ... Most places of that ilk were
house and club" at Mack and not noted for tasty viands.
The food at Huck's Redford Inn
Gratiot, where "a few friends
could drop around for a glass of was of the same high quality that
established it early as one of
wine."
With repeal of the Volstead northwest Detroit's most popu-
Act, they put up the window lar and profitable restaurants ...
shades and opened a bar and Of special note was the French
restaurant ... In 1935, the broth- onion soup, on the menu every
ers moved into the Book Build- day and a long standing fa-
ing garage and flourished there vorite... The call for roast prime
until erecting and moving into ribs at Huck's was so great that
their brand new building on they used to sell one-and-a-half
Woodward in 1948 ... Here, tons each week ... There were
things were even better than many other good entrees on the
menu but it was roadhouse din-
downtown.
Vanelli's was basically not an ners that built and maintained
Italian restaurant, but American the Huck reputation ... Here was
with a pretty general menu ... where it excelled.
BACK TO 1995 ... with all
For example, it served about
2,000 pounds of fish a week ... proceeds from upcoming fund-
But this was not to imply that raiser by Hair in Vogue, Orchard
Vanelli's did not list Italian dish- Mall, September 17, 10 a.m. to 5
es aplenty ... mostaccioli, spa- p.m., going to Sanford and Miri-
ghetti, ravioli, fettucine and am Newman, an MS patient ...
chicken scaloppini were also on He has been working two jobs
the menu. and was recently hospitalized for
Chicken and steaks were the a possible stroke ... Haircuts and
specialties of the house ... along manicures will be $10 ... and also
with good service and a clean include refreshments.0

al fans waiting to get a table in-
side.
The Wharf's setting was spec-
tacular, about two-and-a-half
miles north of St. Clair, Mich ...
The building, patio and docks
were up-to-date and well-
groomed, the kitchen was spot-
less and the interior was lush ...
When it came to fresh-water fish,
few restaurants in the world
could compare with those in
Michigan ... and Fisherman's
Wharf was among the top ... Stu
Cunningham used to chomp on
a cigar and tear around his
restaurant like Groucho Marx.
Siggan Sjunneson, proprietor
of the Stockholm restaurant,
was one of Detroit's prettiest
restaurateurs ... Besides running
what was considered among the
finest smorgasbords in the Unit-
ed States, Siggan was a linguist,
connoisseur of art and charming
conversationalist with a beguil-
ing Swedish accent.
Siggan and her husband,
John, a General Motors execu-
tive, opened the Stockholm in a
125-year-old home on East Jef-
ferson, close to downtown Detroit.
Their years of living on the
continent and in New York gave
them a thorough knowledge of
good food, particularly Swedish
fare ... The Stockholm was an
immediate success and recog-
nized by gourmets as one of the
country's finest.

Years later,
memories linger.

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