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High-energy Scintas coming to Andiamo C elebrity Showroom.

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OTPOURRI
If you've never seen them, or
even if you have, you won't want
to miss the Scintas, appearing 8 p.m.
Friday, June 6, at the Andiamo Celebrity
Showroom, next to Andiamo Italia restau-
rant, 14 Mile, between Mound and Van
Dyke, Warren.
They're terrific with their singing, jok-
ing, celebrity impressions, etc., and fast-
moving musical comedy fun entertainment
... I have seen them numerous times and
always walk away saying how wonderful
they are in their fast-moving variety show.
In fact, it sounds uncanny, but I don't
recall ever seeing them perform the same
show twice ... The last time I saw Frankie
and Joe Scinta, Peter O'Donnell and Janien
Valentine were at the D Hotel in Las Vegas,
where they are huge
favorites, and as I was
leaving, the audience
was still standing and
applauding.
The Scintas usually
play to sell-out crowds,
so call in your reserva-
tion as soon as possible
... (586) 268-3200.
RECENTLY
HITTING his 100th
birthday, Herman
Frankie Scinta
Weber, founder of
Weber's restaurant,
Jackson Street, Ann Arbor, probably still
remembers when, back in 1937, he opened
his Hi-Speed Inn on the outskirts of Ann
Arbor.
Herman wore a white apron, cooking,
busing tables for only 40 people ... and
sometimes even pumping gas from the two
Hi-Speed pumps outside.
As the years rolled by, he opened in 1969
what became one of the few independent
family-owned hotel and restaurant proper-
ties in the United States.
It was a full-service restaurant, originally

called Weber's, then Weber's
Supper Club and, in the middle
'50s, just plain Weber's ... Even
before then, I think it was
named Weber's Good Food
Restaurant.
Weber's today is run by his
son Ken ... What started out
just selling hamburgers and
beer, etc., is now serving its
excellent prime rib specialty
since 1950, about 15 fish variet-
ies, steaks, pastas, etc.
BEING ONE OF the restaurants in a
chain, small or large, would ordinarily be
considered the same as the others.
However, there is a difference ... quite
a bit so ... with the Greek Islands Bar &
Grill that overlooks the Farmington Hills
Golf Course on 11 Mile
Road and Halsted,
Farmington Hills.
For one, it is the only
one in the four Greek
Islands chain that also
has liquor, wine and
beer.
In addition to the
regular, large Greek
Islands menu selec-
tions, it serves steaks,
more choices of fish,
pasta, etc.
Greek Islands Bar &
Grill, run by popular operating partners
Nick Moutafis and Kathy Zervos, is a big
favorite with golfers, local residents and
those from elsewhere who enjoy the food
in a comfortable and amiable atmosphere.
THE HUGE CARVING of two men at
the bar of an English pub that so many
people have seen above the restaurant's
entrance has caused much conversation
among those who never noticed it there
before ... It might look so familiar.
Perhaps they had seen it on the cover of
a book of matches or in family pictures or

were told about it by fathers,
grandfathers and great-grand-
fathers, etc.
The wooden pictorial carved
mural that welcomes visitors
to Kruse and Muer on Main in
Rochester, was on the building
when Bill Kruse and the late
Chuck Muer took over the site.
It had been stored in a ware-
house for years by Sanford
Freedman, whose father, Joe
Freedman, and Bill Boesky
owned the Brass Rail on Adams, across
from Grand Circus Park in Detroit ... and
sold it to a former tenant of the Rochester
locale.
There were two signs alike ... above the
Brass Rail on Adams and on the Brass Rail
at Michigan and Griswold, next to Kinsel's
Drugs.
The original was made of sheet metal,
but the gloss was wearing off, so it was
covered with wood ... Those who might
have seen the Brass Rail ones may recall
that one English gentleman has his foot on
a brass rail and the other fellow is carving a
roast ... The one at Kruse & Muer has him
cutting a piece of fish.
MAIL DEPT. ... "Do you remember a
restaurant called Archibald's, maybe in
Birmingham in the late '70s? It had good
onion soup" ... Judy Rosenthal.
[I sure do. It was then owned by Ben
Kasle, who also owned Berman's Chop
House, Fox & Hounds and Uncle John's
Pancake Houses. That French onion
soup at Archibald's on Woodward in
Birmingham when Benny had it was a
pride and joy made the authentic French
way ... Croutons from French bread, cara-
melized onions, white wine and a thick
layer of what I think was Gruyere cheese
covering the bowl and overlapping at the
sides. The onion soup sure was delicious!]
"Thank you for remembering the anni-
versary of Darbys restaurant. Do I ever

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QUESTION & ANSWER DEPT ...
"Where did the name Darbys come from?
My wife, Lil, says it is a place in England"
... Jack Sedgeman.
[According to owner Sam Boesky's step-
son and general manager, Bernie Kerner,
five names were put into a hat and this is
the one picked. Other stories said it was
taken from the Darbys in England or the
Darbys in Florida.]
OLDIE BUT GOODIE DEPT. ... Jake
was on his last legs and told Sadie what she
should do when he passes on.
"Give my Cadillac to Joey:'
"Why Joey?" she asks. "You know how
fast he drives. Give it to Shirley:'
"OK, Sadie. Give my Rolex president
watch to Sidney"
"Why Sidney? Give it to Sam. You know
how he likes to change watches:'
"OK, Sadie he gasps. "Give my diamond
ring to Solly."
"Why Solly? Better you should give it to
Lillian for her Michael. He always admired
it:'
"OK, Sadie Jake wheezed. "By the way,
Sadie, who's dying, me or you?"
CONGRATS ... To Alvin "Al" Frommer
on his birthday ... To Bernard "Bernie"
Moray on his birthday ... To Gerald "Jerry"
Chudler on his birthday ... To Robert
Zieve on his 59th birthday ... To Suzanne
Himelhoch on her birthday ... To Renee
Fine on her birthday ... To Gerald "Jerry"
Gurwin on his 80th birthday ...To William
"Bill" and Carolyn Nosanchuk on their 61st
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