Fressing With Fishman: Sweet Stuff
There’s a new bakery coming to Birmingham next week, with Love & Buttercream Too preparing for a grand opening on Nov. 9 across from the Kroger complex on the southeast corner of Maple and Woodward (746 E. Maple Road).
It’s a second location for owner Brooke Wilson Vitale, who opened her first Love & Buttercream in Royal Oak in 2012 (3202 Crooks Road). The Birmingham space is considerably larger, some 6,300 square feet, which means it will also host public and private events, like birthday parties and baking classes. Those classes will allow Vitale, a former restaurant brand consultant, to share her passion with her customers — she left the industry to complete her formal training at the French Pastry School in Chicago before launching the business.
All its desserts and baked goods are original recipes, made from scratch, without shortening, preservatives, oils or any “fake stuff.”
The Birmingham location will also offer seating for 20, and Vitale is planning a breakfast menu as well as a full-scale coffee service provided by Great Lakes Coffee.
New In Ann Arbor
The Zingerman’s Community of Businesses also has a highly anticipated opening slated for later this month, introducing Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown to Miss Kim (415 N. Fifth Ave.). The restaurant was busy on Facebook in November, previewing its unique build-out, furniture and a sneak preview of some exciting dishes.
I first mentioned the concept late last year, when the restaurant brand announced the venture with Ji Hye Kim, the former deli employee turned entrepreneur, already having tremendous success with her San Street food truck. The restaurant will feature customer favorites from the food cart as well as traditional Korean dishes in a nearly 2,000-square-foot space. There will be a strict no-tipping policy, with all employees earning not only an hourly pay, but also benefits.
Dinner service will roll out this month, and it plans to add lunch to the menu by January.
New From Sasson
Restaurateur Jeremy Sasson has been busy lately. Shortly after opening Townhouse Detroit, he set his sights on an upscale steakhouse concept on the ground floor of the Capitol Park Lofts in Detroit (1145 Griswold St.). He’s finally announced a name for the concept, Prime + Proper, which is scheduled for a spring 2017 opening.
In addition to the 180-seat restaurant, Sasson is opening an underground bar called Cash Only. The space will seat only 80 customers, accessible via hidden entrance. But don’t expect this to be your next neighborhood hangout, the exclusive retreat will not be advertised and, instead, will be reserved only for regular customers and their guests. There will be no cell phones, cameras or credit cards (fully living up to the name) allowed — even the checks will be written by hand with a quill pen.