Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria, 100 percent gluten-free
By Ryan Fishman

If you ask restaurant owners why they opened, they often talk about seeing a hole in the market and wanting to cater to the demand they anticipate for the product they can offer. For Gabe Hertz, Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria is about more than just a unique menu you won’t find anywhere else — it’s about offering a safe meal for his daughter and others who struggle with eating safe when not at home.

Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria, 100 percent gluten-free

Gabe’s daughter, Renee, has celiac disease and eosinophilic esophagitis. Plenty of restaurants claimed to offer gluten-free dishes, but in the back of his mind, Gabe worried about gluten cross-contamination and that limited their family’s dining options. To make sure his daughter and others with severe food allergies could still enjoy a night out for dinner, he opened his first full-service location in Troy, and the gluten-free and nut-free restaurant has since thrived (1937 W. Maple Road).

Hertz is now taking his product west, with a second, carryout-only location in Southfield (29705 Northwestern Highway). The restaurant offers a dozen specialty pizzas — everything from Margherita to Hawaiian — as well as an impressive selection of calzones, salads, soups, appetizers and desserts. For more information on carryout and delivery, visit


Booze News

In their wildest dreams, the Purple Gang could never have imagined it would be legal — but there’s a new collaboration from MGM Grand Detroit and Two James Spirits that’s bringing a whiskey operation to the heart of the casino with an original, in-house, barrel-aged whiskey.

Two James is bringing its original, in-house, barrel-aged whiskey to Wolfgang Puck Steak.

Two James is the first distillery to operate in Detroit since prohibition, and its 3rd Street Whiskey will be offered exclusively at Wolfgang Puck Steak, poured right out of the barrel from a tableside cart created by Detroit-based designer Taru Lahti. Lahti sourced local maple and steel to build the five aging barrels, and the white whiskey is made with locally grown grain and mash. The whiskey is recommended served neat for connoisseurs, but if you’re just looking for a taste, a full range of cocktails are offered and mixed tableside.

If you haven’t tried Wolfgang Puck Steak, then there’s no time like the present (1777  Third). The restaurant is an original concept developed specifically for Detroit and first opened in 2012. The menu features steaks (as you may have guessed), shellfish and a choice selection of roasted whole fresh fish. It also boasts one of the largest wine lists in Michigan. The restaurant is open daily at 5 p.m. For reservations, call (313) 465-1644.

strohsIn other booze news, Stroh’s beer is coming back to Detroit. While the brand is now owned by Milwaukee-based Pabst Brewing Co., Brew Detroit LLC just received label approval for Stroh’s Bohemian-Style Pilsner, set to brew in its 68,000-square-foot facility at 1401 Abbott St.

The label, approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, reads “Proudly Brewed in Detroit, Michigan,” but there’s been no word on when it will be available for purchase. Stroh’s brewed its last beer 31 years ago this month, in June of 1985.


Mazel Tov …

To Andrea and Brandon Yellen on your marriage last weekend. Words can’t do such a beautiful evening justice, but it was an absolute pleasure to celebrate this simchah with you and your families. Wishing you a lifetime of smiles and laughter.

Happy birthday to Josh Opperer, Daniel Kaufman, Sara Kahan, Jonathon Schultz, Laruen Kerwin, Susie Lederer, Max Newman, David Carroll, Stacy Borsen, Alan Borsen, Steven Grossman, Scott Sonenberg and Henry Abrams.