the-whitneyLunch is back on the menu at The Whitney in Midtown, as heavy construction on the QLine winds down along Woodward Avenue (4221 Woodward). The restaurant had suspended lunch service as construction ramped up in early 2015, but the return also comes with a promise — lunch guests can be in and out in an under an hour to accommodate the balance of the workday.

There’s also a new executive chef, as Paul Jackman (formerly of D’Amato’s and Goodnight Gracie Martini Bar) joins the staff — he’s updated all the menus, introducing new entrees, salads and sides.

The restaurant’s famous Sunday brunch is now also available on Saturdays, but will be offered as sit-down service rather than buffet style.

caucus-clubMeanwhile, the planned revival of the famed Caucus Club is set to happen when it reopens in its original location in the Penobscot Building by the end of the year (150 W. Congress). It will be back to serving weekday lunch and Saturday dinner as did the once-popular haunt for lawyers, judges and politicians that closed in 2012, owing to economic pressures.

ryan-bylineNew owner George Sboukis has been busy with construction on the space and working with the Detroit Area Art Deco Society to maintain a familiar atmosphere with some modern touches throughout.

Detroit-Style Pizza

Buscemi’s is putting “Detroit-style” pizza back on the menu to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary. Always a family business, it was founded in 1956 by Paul Buscemi in what was then “East Detroit” on Gratiot between 8 and 9 Mile roads. In the ’80s, the company dropped the beloved deep dish pizza at the behest of Paul, owing to the labor and time involved in making each pizza by hand, by the hundreds.

buscemis-brings-back-legendary-detroit-style-pizza-to-celebrate-60th-anniversaryToday, the company has 45 franchise locations and continues to grow, with the family’s third and fourth generations now at the helm. The company has also partnered with Florine Mark, president and CEO of Weight Watchers, to introduce a new signature series salad to its menu, “Florine’s Garden Salad.” The salad is available at participating franchises for just $4.99.

For Basketball Fans

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the University of Detroit Mercy Titans will host the Wayne State Warriors at Calihan Hall at 7 p.m. for an exhibition men’s basketball game to help raise much-needed funds for Detroit Public Schools (4001 W. McNichols Road). The inaugural “City College Series” is the first matchup between the Motor City rivals in 14 years. Tickets are just $2, and all proceeds will directly support K-5 classrooms.

There’s a dollar-for-dollar match commitment from Michigan First Credit Union, the lead sponsor for the series. Future games between local academic institutions in the city will also help to support DPS programming. Tickets are available online at, by phone at (313) 993-1700 or at the door on game day.

Food Drive

Busch’s Fresh Food Market is kicking off its annual Season of Sharing food drive next month, supporting local families in need through area charities like Forgotten Harvest.

At checkout in any of its 15 locations, you’ll be able to purchase a pre-packed food donation bag, contribute to the purchase of produce or meat, or you can even give directly from your bottle return slip. For more information, call (248) 545-2222.

Mazel Tov…

To Samantha Feinberg and Matthew Abeles on their marriage.

Yasher koach to Kenneth and Frances Eisenberg on their generous gift to the University of Michigan Depression Center. The funds will go toward ongoing research into personalized treatment of clinical depression, bipolar disorder and similar illnesses.

Happy birthday to Ronnie Bonheim, Jaynie Craig, Dustin Sherman, Stuart Sherr and Stuart Stoller.