Danny Raskin: This And That
RUMORS ARE MANY on why Blue Danube restaurant in Windsor closed … And none of them are true … After 42 years, owners Sam and Zora Popadic have gone into a very deserved retirement … Former customers will always remember their fine Hungarian dishes.
Here, there and everywhere
AMONG THE CITATIONS that contributed to the closing of Como’s in Ferndale by the Oakland County Health Department was a woman washing dishes without wearing a cap over her hair … This may not sound like much, but it is an important reason … Restaurant employees who do not comply should not be retained.
LOOK’S LIKE THIS year’s 28th Annual Hank Greenberg Memorial Golf Invitational by Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation will again get the sold-out sign … Baseball Hall of Fame former Detroit Tiger catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez honoree is always a lot of fun on and off the field … It’s Monday, June 11, at Franklin Hills Country Club … The favorite sports panel moderator is usually ESPN’s Jeremy Schapp, but since he, too, is being honored this year, Jeremy might not do the moderating on answering questions … Dinner will be the popular yearly barbecue … Money raised will go to the Lawrence and Idell Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center … Call Foundation head David Blatt, (248) 592-9323 for tickets.
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FORMER DETROITER Sheryll Bellman is among the many who remembered one of her favorite entrees at Darbys in Sheryll’s book, America’s Great Delis: Recipes and Traditions from Coast to Coast … “It’s the wonderful Darbys recipe for Chicken Poulet,” wrote Sheryll. “No place has reached the status this deli had and sadly will never see again.”
REARVIEW MIRROR … Movie star Robert Cummings was guest speaker at the Helen Rosenberg Chapter, City of Hope, and brought his usual briefcase filled with vitamins … It opened by mistake in the lobby of Northwood Inn and the pills flew all over the lobby … The girls, Bob and myself were on our knees picking them up … Onlookers thought we were crazy!
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Q & A DEPT. … From Rosalie Gorman … “In your article of Dec. 21, 2017, there was mention by Bill Ruskin of a deli in Detroit that he thought started with a ‘B.’ My grandfather Joe Bolotin had a deli on 12th called Bolotin & Levine. I wondered if, perhaps, that is one Mr. Ruskin was talking about.”
[You could be right … I lived on Pingree just across 12th Street in the Dover Court Apartments.]
EATERY GENTS MAKING sure that nobody put a new car in their pocket or purse at the recent North American Auto Show included Wayne County Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark Zarkin, owner of Steven Lelli’s Inn On the Green, 12 Mile … Deputy Sheriff Mike Parashos, boss man of Sunrise Café, Orchard Lake Road … and Steve Katz, owner of Bake Station Kosher Bakery, Orchard Lake Road.
MAIL DEPT. … From Gary Cochran, former owner of Beau Jack’s … “I miss the restaurant business and my customers, who I really consider to be like my family. If the right location and deal came about, I would take a hard look at getting back into it. I don’t know when that will be, and I have nothing set in concrete.”
“LOOKS LIKE THE ones I get at Tony’s Deli on Orchard Lake Road, Sylvan Lake,” says Allan Mann upon recently seeing an overloaded corned beef sandwich on his computer.
PEOPLE DINING AT restaurants who clean their fingernails with a fork would be amazed at how many other folks see them do this.
BIG DOINGS ON TAP at Mon Jin Lau, Stephenson Highway, Troy, 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 … Celebration of Chinese New Year includes top-rated musical group, traditional lion dance, firecracker show, tableside magicians … Multi-course pri-fixe dinner, $69.
OLDIE BUT GOODIE … (Requests for repeats are honored) … The elderly couple had trouble remembering things so they went to the doctor for a checkup. He told them they were both fine but suggested they write things down to remember.
That evening, the man got up to go to the kitchen for a snack and asked his wife if she wanted anything.
“Could you bring me a bowl of ice cream?” she asked.
“Sure,” he replied.
“Do you think you should write that down to remember?” she asked.
“I can remember,” he said.
“I’d like some strawberries on it, too. Do you need to write that down?” she asked. “The doctor said you should write things down.”
“For goodness sakes, I can remember that!” he said very irritated.
Off he went and returned with a plate of bacon and eggs. The wife stared at him for a moment and said, “Where’s my toast!”
CONGRATS … To Jackie Headapohl on her birthday … To David Sachs on his birthday … To Rhonda Ginsberg on her birthday … (Errata … It’s anniversary 69, not 68 for Ed and Suzi Radner). •
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