Potential Birmingham Bistros & Cider Mill Season



ryan-bylineThree timely proposals for 2017 bistro licenses were submitted to the Birmingham City Commission this month, though only two are up for grabs.

Kenny Koza of Group 10 Management in Farmington Hills (a rapidly growing hospitality and real estate company) wants to open Adachi on the main floor of the historic 1878 Ford-Peabody Mansion on South Old Woodward. The “high-end casual restaurant” would be an Asian-style bistro, catering to families but offering prime meats and produce.

Also, Curt Catallo has had plenty of success with Clarkston’s Union Woodshop and Berkley’s Vinsetta Garage, and now the restaurateur wants to refurbish a former bus garage in the rail district and build a family-style restaurant offering traditional American cuisine (2159 Lincoln). He envisions Lincoln Yard as having both rooftop and outdoor seating space.

It’s the season for the Franklin Cider Mill.
It’s the season for the Franklin Cider Mill.

Catallo remains locked in a battle with the city of Berkley over a lack of parking at the popular auto-themed restaurant on Woodward.

The final application came from Whole Foods, hoping to build a bistro space in its location currently under construction at the corner of Maple and Eton Roads (2100 E. Maple). Construction won’t wrap for another year at the site, with the high-end grocer relocating from its current space just a few blocks east in Troy, at the corner of Maple and Coolidge. There’s a $15 million carve out in their budget for the bistro, which would offer beer, wine and casual fare.

The City Commission, for good reason, can be picky — there were no 2016 bistro licenses granted despite a handful of applicants who had submitted proposals. If any of the 2017 licenses are awarded, the owners can then apply for a Class C liquor license from the state. The proposals will now head to the Birmingham planning board for vetting. Public hearings will follow, before a final vote on which applications to grant, if any.

Quick Takes

This month we say goodbye to Cosi¸ the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late September and has since closed its three remaining Michigan restaurant locations in Southfield, Farmington Hills and East Lansing.

But, we say hello to a new Starbucks location in Bloomfield Hills at the northwest corner of Maple and Telegraph roads. The new location is now open with a drive-through — not to be confused with the Starbucks at the southwest corner of the same intersection (adjacent to Steve’s Deli and Trader Joe’s).

There’s been no official comment on the fate of that location, though the Seattle-based company has plenty to say about Michigan’s first Starbucks Reserve location opening (by sheer coincidence alone) in the former Cosi space at Maple and Old Woodward in Birmingham (101 N. Old Woodward). Oh, and did I mention that’s also directly across the street from another Starbucks?

The erratic weather might have you confused, but it’s definitely fall, and that means the Franklin Cider Mill is open for the season (7450 Franklin Road). Its storefront and mill operations run weekdays from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays it’s open at 8 a.m. It will also be open Thanksgiving Day, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., but that doesn’t mean you should wait. Hot donuts and fresh cider are only around through Nov. 27.

Mazel Tov …

  • To Brett Barash and Dakota Sherman on their marriage.
  • To Mallorie Gordon and Joshua Felsenfeld on their marriage.
  • To Aric and Jon Klar, on the opening of their fourth Toyology location in Rochester Hills (208 N. Adams Road).
  • To Jonathan Schwartz, on joining the litigation practice group of law firm Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC.
  • And happy birthday to Ethan Davidson, Ron Elkus, Wendy Fields, Danielle Kroll, Lisa Lis and Gabe Scharg.


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