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Townsend Hotel and Rugby Grille celebrate 26 years of utmost excellence.
t usually takes a good combination to
run a successful operation ... Especially
in the hotel and restaurant field, where
so much depends on the other's quality.
Michigan is blessed to have an indepen-
dently owned hotel and restaurant of such
Celebrating its 26th anniversary this
June, the Townsend Hotel and its Rugby
Grille on Townsend Street, Birmingham,
bring much pride to this region.
From the moment they were opened in
1988 by Tony Brown and Jeff Hochman,
both entities have constantly earned a very
Because of this, Townsend Hotel and
Rugby Grille, presently owned by David
Sillman and Keith Pomeroy, are fondly
appreciated for their world-class existence ...
And each year they seem to get even better.
Townsend Hotel Managing Director
Steven Kalczynski looks on admiringly
as Rugby Grille server Jose Salinas
doles out Caesar Salad he made
Townsend Hotel with its
elegant room renovations, con-
tinuous far-above-par services,
national note, etc. ... Rugby
Grille with dining perfection,
graciously presented menu
Managing Director Steven
Kalczynski, with his more than
30 years of prestigious global
expertise experiences that
included esteemed worldwide
hotels in Shanghai, Beijing,
Mumbai, Qatar, etc. ... plus North Carolina
and Los Angeles.
Food and Beverage Director Jared
Chorney from the Renaissance Providence
Hotel, Providence, R.I., and Renaissance
Baronette in Novi, plus being a former res-
taurant owner in New Milford, Conn.
Localite Executive Chef Drew Sayres,
highly trained at Culinary Studies
Institute of Oakland Community College
in Farmington Hills, and is an American
Culinary Federation certified executive chef
... previously enjoying much note head-
ing the dining staffs at Ritz-Carlton Hotel
locales in Dearborn, Los Angeles, New
Orleans and Georgia, with dining prepara-
tion stints also in Chicago and Atlanta.
Along with other managerial, service,
server, etc., are persons who make up a list
of carefully picked staff members at both
Townsend Hotel and its Rugby Grille.
Numerous personalities and celebrities
from show business, sports, etc., who have
stayed at the award-winning Townsend
Hotel, have made it their "home" whenever
appearing in this locale ... Its luxuriously
appointed 150 rooms receive many plaudits
... Others who come to this area and ask
where to stay are many times given the
Townsend Hotel as a preference by those
who can't say enough also about its Rugby
Grille, Corner Bar, etc.
The prize-winning Rugby Grille, seating
only 46 in the dining room, with nine-
stool bar and 26 at the window
looking-out the Gallery outside
Rugby Grille is without ques-
tion among the finest culinary
presentations in the Michigan
region ... A patio graciously
seats another 20 more.
When Townsend Hotel
opened 26 years ago, one of
the first things to be had might
have been the taking of a page
from the building of Las Vegas'
elegant hotels ... Having a
first-class restaurant was no doubt a must
... And so, when Townsend Hotel opened,
so did the wonderful Rugby Grille.
Dramatic decor changes have been
recently made at Rugby Grille, such as an
even cozier look and feel with the addi-
tion of four padded booths, two separating
the dining and bar areas, and two in the
Gallery sector ... A soft, sophisticated grace
of refined cherry wood paneling is still
The menu continues along its road of
choice selection ... with varieties that meld
into tasty fascination ... Little things, too,
that are so important ... Like our recent
12-year Rugby Grille waitperson, Jose
Salinas, removing the used coffee cup and,
without being asked, bringing a fresh cup
for a refill of the Townsend Hotel's own
blend of coffee ... serving food from the
rear and when possible, not reaching across
the table ... the appearance of comfort-
able casualness with servers immaculately
wearing dark suits and long ties instead of
The food and service stand out brilliantly
at Rugby Grille ... From chicken soup (with
little salt), to bagels, lox and cream cheese
to high-quality steaks, select seafood, short
ribs, chops, chicken, salads, etc. ... innova-
tive dishes with tasty results ... a world-
class wine list and cordial and efficient serv-
ers ... and an accomplished kitchen staff
significantly headed by a chef who cares.
Townsend Hotel and Rugby Grille honor
their 26th anniversaries with the continu-
ance of high-ranking notoriety ... and lofty
THE FORMERLY NAMED Beau Jack's
restaurant on 15 Mile and Telegraph,
Bloomfield Township, is closed during the
present remodeling construction ... Slated
reopening under the name "Beau's" and dif-
ferent ownership is expected to be in July.
One of the new co-owners, Zack Sklar, is
the son of West Bloomfield-ites Larry and
DANDY DINING DEAL ... Tenth
Anniversary Thank-You Special ...
14-ounce Black Angus rib-eye steak ...
$7.95 ... Includes soup or salad, choice
of potato and green beans or grilled
vegetables ... One week only, Thursday,
April 10, through Thursday, April 17 ...
Georges Family Restaurant, Northwestern
Highway east of Orchard Lake Road, West
RECENT EIGHTH ANNUAL JCC-
Michigan/Florida Golf Reunion and Dinner
at Boynton Beach's Indian Spring Country
Club, was a large success, with more than
$52,000 raised for Jewish Community
Center Day Camp here by snowbirds and
former localites now living in Florida.
Men's foursome winners were ... Dennis
Chaikin, Bruce Gusky, Randy King and
Larry Miller ... Top women's group vic-
tors were... Susan Kahn, Joan Kelly, Elaine
Perlmutter and Michelle Tauster.
CONGRATS ... To Morris "Bud"
Sherbow on his 89th birthday ... To Sue
Maniloff on her birthday ... To Betty Ellias
on her birthday ... To Elizabeth Applebaum
on her birthday ... To Judy Grossman on
her birthday ... To Donald "Don" Cohen
on his birthday ... To Jay Grant on his
92nd birthday ... To Margo Boykin on her
birthday ... To David "Dave" and Gertrude
"Gert" Matz on their 63rd anniversary.
Danny's email is dannyraskin@sbcglobalmet.
We invite you to join us and
feast for the holidays!
Pre-Passover Buffet at JCC
2nd Night Seder at Adat Shalom
Sunday, April 13
Tuesday, April 15
Jewish Community Center
Adults - $19.95* Children - $12.95* Children 3 and Under - Free
Passover Buffet at Adat Shalom
For reservations or additional information,
please call 248.851.5100
A DIVISION OF
MILK & HONEY
Call 248.432.5509 for more
information or check out our menus at
Thursday, April 17
Adults - $30.95* Children -$15.95* Children 3 and Under- Free
April 10 • 2014
PARTIES OF 6 OR MORE RECEIVE ONE COMPLIMENTARY MEAL
AT OUR BUFFETS
*Prices do not include 6% sales tax or 20% gratuity.
HAVE A SAFE AND WARM
HOLIDAY FROM ALL OF US!