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A Bright Spot: Bistro Allegro
Heralds Pontiac's Comeback
DANNY RASKIN LOCAL COLUMNIST
Street Restaurant while attend- soups, sauces, pastries and
ing college ... Folks also remember desserts ... and butchers whole
him from days at Panache in sides of beef.
Birmingham and Rikki's in the
Our waitress, Janet Sonaglia,
American Center Building.
sets an example of how you like to
He is a newlywed ... married to order your food and have it pre-
the gal who took his place as sented ... always smiling, with the
evening server at Pike Street wanted efficiency and gracious-
So, the next time you're at Pike
Bistro Allegro is open for lunch
Street Restaurant, sit in
Monday through Fri-
Cynthia's station, and tell
day, 11 a.m. to 4
her that Theo sends his
p.m.; dinner Tuesday,
love ... You won't be
Wednesday and Thurs-
day, 5 p.m to 10 p.m.;
It has always been
Friday and Saturday, 5
Theo's wish to operate a
p.m. to 11 p.m.
restaurant that is built on
There is no charge for
confidence ... This is what
parking in the big lot
customers receive when DANNY RASKIN
across the street at both
ordering at Bistro Allegro.
lunch and dinner, with
Executive Chef Kirk
Robinson was night chef
at Pike Street Restaurant six are prepared on order or by chefs
years and is a graduate from the suggestion.
Culinary Institute of America in
The colorful Bistro Allegro with
Hyde Park, N.Y.
its European accent decor of blue
He is a presence in the kitchen tones, red and blue covered chairs,
... winner of two gold medals and brick wall, linen tablecloths and
two bronze medals in Chefs de linen napkins, blue ceiling, red silk
Cuisine Salon competitions.
skirting around the ceiling light
A signature item ordered by fixtures, etc., has seemingly ar-
many is the mushroom toast ap- rived at the right time.
petizer ... grilled bread topped with
Plans for a better Pontiac are in
creamed wild mushrooms and cut the works ... More art galleries are
with sherry wine.
opening ... and hopes are that one
Customers also enjoy the grilled day, the closed Strand Theater will
eggplant appetizer with roasted also reopen.
pepper, chevre terrine and a basil
Bistro Allegro might be in the
right spot at the right time ... and
Biggest entree sellers at Alle- part of the good things happening.
gro are the charbroiled salmon and
IF YOU WONDER where the
broiled whitefish ... the latter Vintage Players get all their en-
served with artichoke hearts, ergy, chalk up a big reason being
tomatoes and capers.
The restaurant makes its own
She brings the candy for them
to munch on during rehearsals for
their seventh annual musical, 1
p.m. Aug. 1 and 2, at the Oak Park
Senior Center, 14300 Oak Park
The talented senior adults from
Southfield and Oak Park, who
comprise the peppy, enthusiastic
crew of over 20, range in age from
60 to 86.
They'll romp through the pro-
duction, Where Has The Love
Gone?, written by Jackie Klein and
Fran Aaron ... Fran also is direct-
ing the musical, which focuses on
the ups and downs of relation-
ships, with the play's lovelorn
seeking answers through thera-
The Vintage Players started the
group in 1990 with the goal of re-
viving the golden age of Yiddish
Theater in the Detroit metropoli-
tan area ... Since then, the cast has
expanded and performances ap-
Theo Oresky, general manager at Bistro Allegro.
two living legends of
jazz, Clarence Baker,
the jazz musician of musi-
cians, Earl Klugh, looked
to open their Baker's Keyboard
Lounge North, they chose Ponti-
ac to do so.
Clarence recently sold his
renowned Baker's Keyboard
Lounge on Livernois in Detroit ...
and discovered six years ago that
the timing had been wrong in
opening a second place at the Pon-
tiac location, so had to close.
Now what could eventually be
one of the hottest areas in the met-
ropolitan area, Pontiac is becom-
ing a mecca of art galleries and
On the site of the former Bak-
er's Keyboard Lounge North is
now Bistro Allegro, formerly Chi-
mayo, at the northwest corner of
Saginaw and Pike Street.
It became Bistro Allegro in
March 1995, after an extensive re-
modeling of major proportions that
included moving its long bar from
the center to an extreme end.
Seating in the dining room, all
at tables, is for 166, plus 30 stools
at the bar.
The eclectic styling with art
deco decorations includes wrought
iron around poles ... and beautiful
art that can be obtained in the art
gallery next door ... one of about
16 in the immediate area.
Owners are Jim and Jan Fitz-
patrick, who also own nearby Pike
Street Restaurant and Coyote
Club downstairs from Allegro.
Their general manager at
Bistro Allegro and Coyote Club ca-
sual bar and grill, Theo Oresky,
used to wait on tables at Pike