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and tables ... There's a bar
nother restaurant that
stools now in the carry-
Frank Stella, owner
out and waiting area, framed
of Stella Products,
art on the dining room walls,
can take pride in
more extensive menu, lots of
helping toward success is
new lighting ... and a very
Roman Village on Dix in
clean, comfortable atmos-
Dearborn ... celebrating its 40th
It is family operated ... by
It was a little pizzeria when
and wife Gail
Antonio and Enrica Rugiero
and their son
came to the United States ... and
two years later, after borrowing
Even one of the waitresses,
$2,000, bought the spot.
Alenka Reckovic, nine-year veteran at
With the help of their friend Frank,
Bone Yard of Farmington Hills ...
improvements were made and a full
restaurant was born ... to fete a wonder- whose efficient, courteous and very per-
sonable ways have made her a standout
favorite, can hardly believe the striking
The Rugiero family, headed by
Antonio and Enrica, with their four sons, new interior ... "It's so much easier to
work now," says Alenka, who looks in
Antonio junior, Patrick, Marco and
her 20s but unbelievably has a 21-year-
Robert, now operates three restaurants ...
old among five children.
Roman Village, Antonio's Cucina of
The new menu makes Bone Yard
Farmington Hills and of Dearborn
a barbecue operation and
Heights ... a highly respected trio of
more ... with added
Italian restaurants owned by the same
dishes bringing out its
family ... whose emphasis on homemade
good family restaurant
authenticity has been warmly noted.
... Included on
IT'S NOT ON the menu, but
of fare are
Executive Chef Louai Sharkas at Zinc
delicious and tender
on Orchard Lake Road in West
Bloomfield says that the great ham-
burger meat used to make its
Zincburger and the noted burgers at
Red Coat Tavern in Royal Oak, also
owned by Zinc bossmen, Matt and
political fest was the
Mark Brown, can be ordered as
hit at the recent
chopped sirloin ... Louai says he will
Chief Judge Stephen
make it on request.
Zinc has been open only a short while Cooper shindig at
Southfield Manor ...
and is already the envy of just about
every restaurant in town ... packed every
night ... both bar and dining room ...
No reservations so folks are starting to
Court as chief judge of the
come in early to get seated ... Lunch
Southfield sector, entertained around
business is booming as well.
It's what excellent food, excellent serv- 200 folks who admired beautiful pot-
tery that was silently auctioned off
ice and reasonable prices will do.
Seems that Steve, besides being a judi-
Can't say enough about the two
ciary head, is also a pottery maker ...
maitre d' hosts at Zinc ... Louie
taking lessons the past 10 years at
Weidemann and Zoran Smolic, among
Oakland Community College ... The
the best in this region.
NO MORE TIRED-looking interior beautiful works were donated for his
coffers by other pottery students at
... as Bone Yard Bar-B-Q on Orchard
Lake in Farmington Hills, unveils the
HE IS ONLY 14 years old, but
new look that has folks talking.
Keith Mandell is getting used to
Wrought-iron railing separating upper
the hospital and hating the
and lower levels of the open areas sur-
he has to have.
rounded by new padded booths, settees
"If I could have just one wish," says
Keith, "it would be to get rid of this
This may become a reality for him ...
Keith Mandell, son of Nancy and
Marshall Mandell, has cystic fibrosis ...
And it is great news that scientists have
found the CF gene and are now work-
ing on a cure.
Guys and gals can join Team Keith
for the annual CF Walk, Great Strides
... Sunday, May 16, 9 a.m. at Drake
Park in Farmington Hills ... All pro-
ceeds and donations will go to CF in
For more info, call the Mandell fami-
ly, (248) 848-9443 ... or e-mail
BIG HONOR for Mark Grant, son
of Marian and Jay Grant ... as winner of
a National Science Foundation fellow-
ship, the most esteemed award that a
first-year doctoral student can earn ...
Mark is in the organizational psycholo-
gy department at University of
CONGRATS ... To Rose and Jerry
Light ... on their 50th anniversary.
MANY FOLKS must have remem-
bered back when it celebrated 50 years
recently ... but had to be in New York
to take advantage of the true rollback
prices during lunch by
2nd Avenue Deli.
"It was a throw-
back to another
era, writes the
Agency ... "Deli
sandwiches cost 50
knishes went for a
dime and a bowl of
matzah ball soup
- cost all of 40
cents. ... Actual
rollback prices as
they were are
"At one table,
the bill for four
strangers who met
in line added up to
$4. That included soda [pop], which
cost 5 cents."
TWO CHEFS AT DIFFERENT but
sibling-like restaurants, teamed up to
win a silver medal at the Two Man
Mystery Basket" competition in
Dan Meier at Rocky's of Northville
and Jeff Evans of Steve & Rocky's in
Novi scored 35.2 out of a possible 40 ...
missing the gold by only 1.4 points.
They took a basket of raw products
and had only 30 minutes to create a
menu serving a four course meal for 12
people ... Certified judges from the
American Culinary Federation gave
points on skill, organization, presenta-
tion and taste.
INAUGURAL PRESENTATION of
its all-American Rib Roarin' Barbecue
Festival last summer was such a success
that it will again be repeated by
Frankenmuth's Bavarian Inn.
Dates this year will be April 13-June
Bavarian Inn has always been noted
for its famous Frankenmuth chicken ...
but a variety of other fine dishes are also
Make sure to leave room for a home-
made dessert by Dorothy Zehnder,
founder with hubby, Tiny ... Like her
award-winning rhubarb pie topped with
a browned streusel ... and the warm
apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream.
HUSBAND AND WIFE socialite
team, Ceci and Willie Stone, both have
roles in the upcoming Fiddler on the
Roofproduction at Farmington Players
Barn Theater ... April 30 through May
22 ... Ceci plays the part of Golde and
Willie plays the rabbi.
KORN KORNER ... A daughter
comes home from the Peace Corps in
Uganda and surprises her mother who
is in the process of lighting the Friday
night candles and serving the matzah
The mother is so thrilled she can't
stop hugging and kissing her daughter.
Finally she says, "Sit down, darling. Tell
me all about what you were doing."
Her daughter says, "Mom, I got mar-
"Oy, mazel tov," says the mother.
"But how could you do that without
telling me? What's he like? What does
he do? Where is he?"
"He's waiting outside on the porch
while I tell you."
"What are you talking about? Bring
him in. I want to meet my new son-in-
"But mom, I want to tell ..."
"STOP TALKING AND BRING
HIM IN, ALREADY."
The daughter brings him in and to
her consternation the mother sees a
smiling Ugandan man wearing animal
tooth necklace, a feathered vest, enor-
mous headdress and holding a spear.
The mother grabs her daughter, slaps
her back and forth on both cheeks and
screams, ,"Dummy! Stupid! Idiot!
"I said a RICH doctor!" E
Danny Raskin's e-mail address is