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January 31, 2008 - Image 55

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-01-31

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Arts & Entertainment


Time For A Taverna?

Classic Greek restaurant expected to open on Northwestern.


Looks like in this case, smoke
really meant fire as the heavy
rumor looks to be true ... A classic Greek
restaurant is expected to open this April
or before, on Northwestern Highway in
Farmington Hills ... Only change in the
story would be that it would open at
the former Macaroni Grill location, not
Chili's, although the owner may purchase
this property as well, but for other rea-
The new restaurant may be called
Mykonos (Mick-an-ohs) Greek Taverna,
a great name from some wonderful
Greektown glory yesteryears ... It would
itself take up 8,000 square feet with about
350 seating, including a banquet section
for both regular daily accommodation and
private parties ... A large parking area
would provide spaces for around 280 cars,
and complimentary valet convenience
would be available ... Access to Mykonos
would be available by either Orchard Lake
Road or Northwestern, a big plus.
The biggest thing, however, is that this
would be a true authentic Greek restaurant
with a Greek executive chef and Greek
persons running the operation.
TWO EMPLOYEES now have someone
to discuss mutual memories with at Carl's
Chop House, Grand River, off the John
C. Lodge Expressway, Detroit, as former
Carl Rosenfeld waitress, 30-year-veteran
Rosalie Rose, returns to dish up for owner
Frank Passalaqua ... Back in 1983, she
took first place in the fastest gal servers
statewide contest by Michigan's Hotel
and Restaurant Employees Union #24,
headed by Myra Wolfgang, and the next
year, 1984, placed second in the finals in

ing server ... His courteous
Rosalie's memories include
ways, efficiency, help dedica-
waiting on Tony Curtis, who was
tion and customer devotion
appearing at the Fisher Theatre,
are important facets of a
his wife, actress Janet Leigh,
good manager.
their daughter, super acting star
NEW MENU dishes by
Jamie Lee Curtis, then 14-years-
Chef Hamad Kouka, owner
old, and comic Larry Storch
with wife, Janine, at Pasta
... Also serving Red Skelton,
Fagioli, Square Lake Road
Danny Raskin
who was playing the Masonic
east of Telegraph,
Senior Columnist
Temple, and telling him that
Bloomfield Township, are
Carl would like to buy Skelton
already going over in a big
a drink ... "Hey," Red beamed, "I like this
way ... One of them, tri-colored pasta
place already!"
with smoked salmon and cream sauce, is
The other longtime employee still there
among its best sellers ... And the others
is Carl Rosenfeld's former kitchen stalwart, are also getting a lot of calls ... Filet of
Chef George Bolas.
chicken grilled with rosemary and herbs,
WHO SAYS A penny won't buy much
chicken breast topped with fresh sun-
these days? ... Back in the 1930s, the late
dried tomatoes and arugula, and fettuccini
wonderful local cateress Lil Bloom, sold
pasta with a creamy mushroom sauce.
matzah balls for one cent each ... Now
MAKING ROUNDS ... To Bentley's,
her daughter, Shirlee, has Bloom's Kitchen
Drake, West Bloomfield, for duck l'orange
at Vineyards, Northwestern, between
with cognac and Grand Marnier
Middlebelt and 14 Mile, Farmington Hills, To Beans & Cornbread, Northwestern,
and will do her mom better ... Shirlee's
Southfield, for salmon croquettes with
matzah balls are almost twice the size and
roasted pepper sauce.
through February she'll sell her biggies for
MAIL DEPT. ... "Jay and I recently
the same one cent each, maximum two,
celebrated our 65th anniversary. We are
with every quart of Shirlee's homemade
so lucky. Just the two of us together spent
chicken soup, fresh or frozen.
New Year's Eve watching Fred Astaire and
AMONG THE BEST kinds of restaurant Ginger Rogers movies from 1934 through
managers are those who can relate to and
1937. At midnight, we toasted each other
assist other employees because he or she
with a glass of champagne and thanked
has done or still does the things they do
God that we are together and so much in
... Steve Goldberg, owner of Stage Deli,
Orchard Lake Road south of 15 Mile, West
"Our wonderful five children were the
Bloomfield, just may have found the right
beginning of a beautiful family that Jay
one ... He's the Stage's new night man-
and I share. Thirteen grandchildren, nine
ager, Misha Medvedev, whose 12 years at
great-grandchildren and two more on
the popular deli include jobs as busboy,
the way. We are two people who fell in
evening waiter and presently also a morn- love so very young and were told many

times that this relationship just wouldn't
last. Everyone should be so lucky to
share a love like ours. Every evening, Jay
makes salad, and I cook the main course.
We enjoy the dinner by candlelight and
romantic music. How wonderfully lucky
we are!" ... Marion Grant.
WHILE DOING work at the Pebble
Creek Condominiums, West Bloomfield,
brothers Steve and Jeff Poteet, of Village
Electric in Royal Oak with Dad, Everett
Poteet, went to the Greek Island restaurant
on Farmington Road, West Bloomfield, "To
have the salad named after our company",
jokingly said Steve, the "Village Salad" ...
It's one of the few places around with the
authentic Greek salad, he notes.
a book sent our way from sister-in-law
Jeanette Epstein in Ft. Meyers, Fla., is
titled "How to Raise a Jewish Dog" ... The
book's only intention is to make readers
laugh, not raise or train a dog to be Jewish,
and the objective by authors Ellis Weiner
and Barbara Davilman of Los Angeles,
is reached ... According to the book's
forward by Weiner and Davilman, "The
Rabbis of the Boca Raton Theological
Seminary have developed a technique that
works, and they've finally decided to share
it with the world" ... All names except
those of the authors, are fictitious, includ-
ing the rabbinical seminary.
CONGRATS ... To Barbara Marilyn
Cohen on her 60th birthday ... To Marion
and Jay Grant on their 65th anniversary
... To Doralee and Ron Le Vine on their
50th anniversary. ❑

Danny's e-mail address is

dannyraskin@sbcglobal.net .

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