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helped Jimmy Schmidt open the
Rattlesnake Club in Detroit and was
general manager at Intermezzo and Big
Daddy's Parthenon ... He also cooked at
and managed Stage Deli in Oak Park,
owned then by his uncle, Stan Snitz.
Small Plates is among the few restau-
rant operations that home cuts its
Freedom Fries from whole potatoes ...
that night ... Like Teriyaki
he only stretch"lim-
it also makes its own pizza dough.
salmon or pan-seared duck or
ousine in sight was
cooking traits are a family tradi-
broiled red snapper with a
parked at the
learning from grandmother
coconut curry sauce or grilled
86, and mother, Roz
scallops served over a lemon-
House across the street.
Cookies sold at
herbed couscous, etc. ... The
The Fox Theatre marquee
Small Plates are from her recipe.
across Woodward, a few
Small Plates is open seven days ...
evening are usually sellouts.
blocks north, was heralding
11-8; Tuesday-Thursday, 11-
Regular lunch or dinner
its own offering.
favorites include a bevy of
No Fiddler on the Roof
food items that fill plates
Oklahoma, Carousel, etc ...
Local Co lumnist with small offerings.
Presentation plays a large role with
but a biggie Broadway open-
In fact, menu selections like offerings brought with colorful
arrangement on each plate ... The
That is, Broadway in Detroit ... for
restaurant is intimate and New Yorky,
wraps (its own version), barbecued ribs,
the appearance last Nov. 3 of Small
the entire restaurant rolled up
chicken skewers, gourmet pizzas, porta-
Plates restaurant that opened on
2,100 square feet ... includ-
bello mushroom with zip sauce and so
Broadway Street, between Witherell
oven surrounded by
much more are filling standouts.
and John R.
Executive Chef Aaron True is a culi-
A new concept that has since been
and dinner are quite
nary graduate from the fine
receiving much acclaim.
reasonable ... And a wine list is available.
Small Plates is not a large place ...
Offers for franchises have come from
but much bigger than the outside look and was executive chef at a local
of town ... but Todd and Todd are
Japanese restaurant that included
would have you believe ... Seating is
interested presently in the local
French touches ..: The Small Plates
for 65 in the dining room ... and
Plans may soon be under way
concept allows him much room for
another 10 or so in an area facing an
expansion into the suburbs.
creativity ... a main forte with Aaron.
open kitchen with its brick oven in
Small Plates is a bustling place ...
with many satisfied diners ... joining
pastries, along with Todd Stern.
The old Eureka Vacuum Co. build-
the raves in a very highly accepted
Reason for using the last name each
ing sector was almost completely gut-
ted ... and the 4,000-pound brick oven time I mention Todd is because his
YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT much
partner is also named Todd ... Todd
brought in with a crane ... for Small
when he is at the helm ... And because
Stowell, is its marketing director.
Plates to be built around it ... Some of
Cantor Stephen Dubov might have
Todd Stern is no stranger to the
the original architecture is still there
introduced another way to pray.
with walls and ceiling showing much
His main forte, of course, is singing
longer than can be remembered ... Todd
age ... Light fixtures are from the
Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor ... and
neatness is an integral feature.
The Small Plates concept that
revolves around appetizers is the inspi-
ration brainchild of founder, co-part-
ner and general manager Todd Stern
... While working at a Mediterranean
Sea resort in Spain, he enjoyed watch-
ing and eating the noted Spanish tapas
appetizers ... and thought ... why can't
they also include other ethnic delights?
And so he adapted into his own
conceptual style to include American
and Pan Asian along with the Spanish.
You may think this has been done
before ... but if so, not in this sector of -
the country ... And if it has elsewhere,
certainly not on such a full scale.
The term "appetizers" may be a mis-
nomer at Small Plates ... although they
are the feature ... and not little bite-
size portions either.
In the evening, plus its menu, a
Todd Stern of Small Plates
server tells of Small Plates specials for
Big On Broadway
For theater-district dining, Small Plates features
a deligh tful cast of delicacies.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, living
Motown legend Gladys Knight performs all her
Grammy winning hits including "Midnight T1817
to Georgia - and 'Neither One of Us (Wants to
be the Fist to Say Goodbye)': Come see Gladys
Knight in a rare Detroit appearance.
A star everywhere you look: television, film
and the stage. comedian Howie Mandel has
been entertaining audiences for years. Come
laugh the night away with Howie. one of
today's most successful comedians.
Grammy Winner and one of country music's
brightest stars, Lee Greenwood captivates
audiences with a variety_ of musical styles
from movies themes to his patriotic anthem
God Bless the USA -.
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BAR/BAT MITZVAH, WEDDING,
ENGAGEMENT PARTY, REHEARSAL
DINNER OR ANY SPECIAL OCCASION.
East 14 Mile Road. West of Van Dyke.