One of the longest-running good neighborhood restaurants in this region that numerous folks who once lived nearby may fondly remember, celebrates another major anniversary, No. 44.
When it originally opened in September of 1973 on 10 Mile, east of Greenfield, the Gallery Restaurant was soon lauded by many for its utter cleanliness and favorite stylings of breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites.
And that popular reputation continued when it moved 10 years later in June of 1983 to its present location in the Bloomfield Shopping Plaza on Telegraph, just south of 15 Mile, Bloomfield Hills … Not only retaining its fine reputation … but adding even more dining selections to enjoy.
Like new menu choices prepared by Chef Alex Stamboulelis and owner Stefan Becharas’ son Bill Becharas … Breakfasts that now also include fresh fruit crepes, cinnamon raisin French toast, homemade potato pancakes, avocado omelet and Belgian waffles … Lunch and dinner specials like stuffed cabbage, lasagna, spaghetti with meatballs, Mediterranean chicken burger, etc.
And Chef Alex’ latest endeavors, two very much requested chicken cacciatore and pierogies yummies … These are together with the many Gallery signature dishes that still include home-made soups, varied tuna selections, Reuben sandwiches, Greek salads and much more.
According to Stefan, the life of his main kitchen stalwart, Chef Alex, has been centered on a rare ability to make almost whatever may be requested by customers.
Along with these delicious features, the Gallery now serves beer and wine … with its Mimosas a big favorite thirst-quencher by numerous folks on Sunday mornings.
Since its initial opening in Southfield, the Gallery’s popularity continues to include numerous more families along with the usual stalwarts … Ilitch, Forbes, Applebaum, Hermelin, etc., in a long list that could almost fill this column.
Restaurant cleanliness has always been like a sacred religion to Stefan … It was noticed in a big way on 10 Mile when his head waitress today, Aggie Kim, and the Gallery staff would clean the mirrors, floors, walls, etc., with fanatic-like regularity … So much so that the Gallery has always received very high marks from health departments … The numerous framed art gallery-like paintings on the walls are dusted regularly … as are the many inches and feet of the entire restaurant.
Stefan is originally from Tripoli, but because he was in a Jewish neighborhood, he wanted to greet his customers in their own language … Only trouble was he just learned zie gezundt (go in health) from Hy Shenkman until others taught him shalom aleichem, zol zein mit glick (live with luck) and many more appropriate greetings.
The Gallery’s excellent reputation is a most revered one.
IT’S ALWAYS A GREAT treat to see and hear him … Folks were thrilled to learn that former localite David Syme, now an internationally known pianist, will appear here … 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, for Friends of Jewish Senior Life at the Berman for the Performing Arts, West Bloomfield Jewish Community Center.
Son of the late Rabbi M. Robert Syme and brother of Rabbi Daniel Syme, David, now living in County Cork, Ireland, with wife, Suzanne, puts his flying fingers over the ivories in the best of his great repertoires … Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue,” Lizst, Chopin, Jewish melodies and standard pops like his fine rendition of Billy Joel’s “Root Beer Rag” … Usual supply of tickets for David’s concerts goes fast, so call Leslie Katz, director of Friends of Jewish Life, (248) 592-5062 or the Berman Box Office by Nov. 9.
REARVIEW MIRROR … Club Alamo on Livernois was a popular nitery owned by Max Spiegelman and Stewart “Stewie” Siegel … Max was the conversation of many by working the cash register … and blind … plus having a beautiful blond wife he many times wished he could see … “Stewie” went on to own the “Hello Dolly” night spot here and became a Las Vegas dealer and pit boss.
OLDIE QUICKIES … The restaurant owner sampling a newly hired cook’s first pot of soup, remarked, “You say you served overseas?”
“Yes, I was officer’s cook for two years and wounded three times.” “You’re a lucky man,” said the owner. “It’s a miracle they didn’t kill you!”
“I’ll have the chef’s special.” “Sorry,” said the waiter coming back, “the chef ate it all.”
The restaurant air conditioning was blowing on the back of a scantily dressed young lady, so she quietly draped a napkin over her bare back. A lad at the next table watched her with great interest and said, “Look Dad, she’s going to eat backwards!”
CONGRATS … To Kathy Morley on her birthday … To Hazel Bender on her birthday … To Melissa Litvin on her birthday … To Scott Raskin on his birthday … To Dr. Norbert Ketai on his 99th birthday … To Herb and Audrey Saperstein on their 61st anniversary.
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