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December 27, 2002 - Image 66

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-12-27

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Arts is Entertainment

The Best Of Everything

Here's The Beef

Spanga's Coney Island features all-beef hot dogs,
loose ground turkey and homemade goodness.


Party Andiamo style with the Simone Vitale Band.
Sold out every year, the New Years Eve celebration
features an evening full of delicious food and drink,
including a six course gourmet Italian dinner, open
bar, dancing and fantastic entertainment.


Gary's signature voice and hit songs like "Young
Girl" have sold out venues around the world.

Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge cover
all your favorites.


Tickets include a six-course gourmet dinner
"Andiamo Style" featuring filet mignon and
a premium open bar.


One of America's most popular performers. A star
of television (Taxi, Who's the Boss, Family Law(,
stage (The Iceman Cometh), and movies (Angels
in the Outfield) Danza wows audience and critics
with his song and dance stage show.



Tickets Et Information

(586) 268 3200






East 14 Mile Road. West of Van Dyke.
Warren, Michigan

t its former name-
that has a Greek Salad with
sake restaurant in
strictly romaine lettuce.
Beverly Hills, Calif.
Its popularity has become
among other loca-
widespread among locals ...
tions, you can get a Caesar
and business folks come from
salad for about $20.
everywhere to enjoy the vit-
And a chopped vegetable
tles put out by Tom and
salad for about $15.
The restaurant here in
One of the entrees, pepper
Royal Oak also has a Caesar
pita, is a high in
salad ... for $3.60.
demand item ... grilled mari-
Local Columnist
And probably a lot cheaper
nated chicken strips, with
than that for a chopped veg-
sauteed onions, wild mush-
etable salad.
rooms, the three peppers (green, yellow
When Spago's Coney Island opened
and red) ... and topping of Swiss cheese.
in 1988, it wasn't thought much of as
Spagna's Coney Island is open seven
competition for Spago, the upscale
days a week ... but of the seven, four
American contemporary dining chain
are 24 hours ... Wednesday, Thursday,
... whose original location on Sunset
Friday and Saturday ... Different hours
Boulevard, West Hollywood, closed
of 6 a.m.-11 p.m. are on Sunday,
permanently in March 2001.
Monday and Tuesday ... for breakfast,
But after eight years and a slew of
lunch and dinner.
lawyers from the pricey Wolfgang
With so many discovering the little
Puck original Spago operation that
gem with its all-beef hot dogs ... loose
was virtually synonymous with star-
ground turkey ... and homemade good-
watching ... attracting almost everyone ness ... maybe Spago had reason to worry.
who was anyone in Hollywood, from
Wonder if any of those $30 pizza
producers to politicians to major
concoctions Puck makes has all-beef
movie stars ... the name was changed.
hot dogs on it (he puts on everything
It became Spanga's Coney Island ...
else in the world ... why not dog-
on the west side of Woodward, south
of 14 Mile Road ... as Tom Drosis and
A PROMISE IS a promise ... and
wife, Margarita, celebrate the 14th
even though he would like to have
anniversary of their little restaurant.
It seats only 48 ... but in those 14
years ... almost 10 million hot dogs ...
plus about five million just with loose
ground hamburger ... have been sold.
An even bigger surprise is the num-
ber of large spinach pies homemade by
Margarita ... Each is almost 16 oz. ...
and over two million pieces have been
rung up in the cash register ... Quite a
number for a small 48-seater restaurant.
Margarita also makes the delicious
rice pudding, baklava and other good-
ies ... Torn is well known from the
Town Center restaurant years ... when
he was one-third of the operating trio
with brother Dino and brother-in-law
Greg Karris.
You won't find many Coney Island
restaurants now that serve all-beef hot
dogs ... And not any that I know of
with loose ground turkey also available
for its Coneys ... or sandwiches with
only the ground meat.
Can't think of another Coney Island
... or even another type of eatery ...
Spanga Coney Island's Tom Drosis



stayed another few weeks, Seifu
Lessanework returned from travel to
his native Ethiopia to be at the wed-
ding reception of Leigh Juricka and
Matthew Jacobson.
It was at his Blue Nile restaurant on
West 9 Mile Road in Ferndale ... with
150 guests enjoying the live band,
hypnotist ... and, of course, its excel-
lent authentic Ethiopian fare.
The full shot was for everyone ... all-
you-can-eat Ethiopian Feast or
Vegetable Feast ... both served on the
spongy inerja bread ... with more deli-
cious inerja brought by the efficient
and courteous waitresses.
Seifu's Ethiopian visit included the
Jewish village of Gondara where he
spent three days ... Seifu was with a
U.S. Trade delegation, touring a land
in which Americans make investments.
After his work was over, Seifu, an
Ethiopian Jew, remained to gather new
recipes now added to his menu at Blue
Nile ... but not forgetting the promise
he had made to Harriet and Mike
Jacobson, bridegroom Matt's parents.
KIDDY KORNER ... The love for
teachers by youngsters is precious ...
But usually must come second when
it's between them and home.
Not in the case of 8-year-old Max
Olive, son of Debbie Olive.
At the recent holiday party of
Hillside Elementary in Farmington
Hills, his third-grade teacher, Linda
Weh, told her students they could go
home early with their parents ... most
of whom attended the party ... rather
than back to class.
Little Maxie and his classmates love

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