Fressing With Fishman: Beverly Hills Grill Redo
Did you notice the unexpected construction on Southfield Road last month? No, they weren’t filling potholes (what a surprise) — Bill Roberts was giving his 28-year-old Beverly Hills Grill a major facelift.
The restaurant closed over Labor Day weekend, and workers have been busy installing a new floor, bar and windows, repainting throughout, upgrading the sound system and handling some minor roof repairs.
Fortunately, Roberts and his team moved fast, reopening the spot last week.
For me, Beverly Hills Grill is a perennial favorite for breakfast meetings, in part thanks to how diverse the morning menu is. I love the Jumbo Lump Crab Omelette, made with fresh mushrooms and gouda. The Vegetable Scramble is also a classic, blending shitake mushrooms, leeks, tomatoes, spinach and a delicious garlic-herb goat cheese.
For a classic take on a California-style omelette, check out what Bill can do with his always-amazing chicken apple sausage, a little avocado and sharp cheddar.
Palladium Now Opened
Speaking of renovations, the new Emagine Palladium in downtown Birmingham has been a long time coming, but the doors are now open to reveal the end-result of a multi-million dollar project that brings not just a new look, but also a totally new way to see movies.
The Palladium’s second coming made way for a full-service cocktail bar that will also offer wine and craft beers delivered right to your seat. There’s also the new Ironwood Grill, a family-friendly restaurant promising plenty of comfort food — think pizza, burgers and even ribs.
Also taking advantage of the Palladium building’s overhaul is Zack Sklar, who opened the doors last week on his fifth restaurant, Au Cochon. This local French restaurant comes on the heels of his first foray into the Chicago restaurant scene with Bernie’s Lunch & Supper, which opened in August.
The menu is Sklar’s take on upscale French cafe fare, though the 29-year-old restaurateur says the food will be “funky, not snooty,” thanks to an American twist on the major entrees.
The new space is about 1,500 square feet, with seating for 100 inside and room for 12 on the patio. You’ll be able to watch chefs work in Au Cochon’s open-air kitchen, itself an impressive 2,500 square feet that will be shared with a sixth Sklar restaurant, Arthur Avenue, set to open later this year. That menu will feature Italian classics, inspired by its namesake street in the Bronx.
You’ll have a chance next week to explore the talents of some of Metro Detroit’s best chefs during a special five-night event at the Great Lakes Culinary Center on Nine Mile in Southfield to benefit the Heidelberg Project, Oct. 5-9.
Savor Detroit will feature four-course custom menus prepared by a team of two chefs alongside some carefully cultivated wine pairings.
For tickets and more information, visit savordetroit.com.
To Brittany Wasserman of West Bloomfield and David Sand of Toronto on their marriage.
To the Jewish Studies program at Michigan State University, which will expand its Holocaust studies and Jewish history offerings thanks to a major endowment funded by William and Audrey Farber and Michael and Elaine Serling.
To Michelle Sherman, the new CFO of Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.
And to every foodie who survived the fast — wishing you and your family health, happiness and success in the year to come.