spaghetti and meatballs from Alfoccino

Alfoccino splits into two separate and independent restaurants.

Many restaurant chains among others in this age may have different owners but the same eatery name … So, it is not unusual, though still quite rare, today for two dining operations of the same title having two separate owners … franchise or not.

In fact, it is getting to be commonplace because of the varied selections wanted by the consumers of ethnic dining for their wide-ranging desires other than perhaps the same mundane offerings that might possibly be presented.

Italian, among other ethnic dishes, is wonderful … but today’s Italian eateries should and do include, if needed, the satisfying of others at the table … Along with customers who enjoy assorted tastes.

Sunny Palaj
Sunny Palaj

This has reared its fast-growing head as Alfoccino makes it known that is has been split into two different restaurants … with the Auburn Hills location, which opened 15 years ago on Opdyke Road, between Walton Boulevard and Pontiac Road, now owned solely by Sunny Palaj, who had purchased the Auburn Hills site after being a partner.

It maintains much of the same Italian and other dishes as before except for featured food presentations now available only at the Auburn Hills locale,

Having these additions along with the regular favorites has done wonders for places like the Auburn Hills-only site of Alfoccino … Customers can now also get the same as before … along with numerous menu additions not seen at the other location with the like name … Also, it includes the keeping of the same ingredients or getting them for whatever other dishes the consumer may desire … This might seem like a lot of bother, but more and more restaurant owners dedicated to change will feature this important asset … It is not a bother to owners faithful to the dining satisfaction of their customers!

Alfoccino at Auburn Hills only is another sign of independence when one of the owners might want to create his or her own much coveted individuality.              

WHERE THEY ARE DEPT. … Former vice president of news/news director at WJBK, Mort Meisner, has his own public relations agency, Mort Meisner Associates … Working with him is Wendy Fayne, whose mother and father, Jules and Rose Fayne, had their own very fine Jules Fayne Photography Studio.

REMBERING WHEN … I was sitting with Executive Chef Pancho Valez at the original Caucus Club. At that time, he headed the kitchen at both the Caucus and original London Chop House … As he ate his dinner, I asked why he ate there instead of “The Chop.” Pancho jokingly replied, “It’s cheaper than the place across the street!” … When folks gathered around the piano at Normandy Café on Grand Boulevard, as the pianist was asked to play one of his tunes … They didn’t know that it was the wonderful songwriter Cole Porter, appearing across the street at the Fisher Theater, who tickled the keys on “Night & Day.”

LIVE MUSIC ON Thursday evenings, 8-11 at Triple Nickel, 555 Woodward, Birmingham, has Mark Randisi tonight … Next week, March 29, will be Royce & Jenn.

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MAIL DEPT.From Jeff Kowalsky … on the closing of Plaza Deli … “I remember when Matt Prentice years ago had many restaurants. He would be there at lunch taking orders. You would get a quality sandwich there. Matt yelling out, ‘corned beef wet,’ when you ordered a corned beef with mustard. The last time I was there after he had left, the place really went downhill; meat was pre-cut and placed in a microwave to be warmed when you ordered a sandwich.”

(Matt Prentice bought Plaza Deli, Northwestern Highway, Southfield, from Rob Jackier in 1989 and had it until he sold his company in 2009.)

OLDIE BUT GOODIE … A fleeing terrorist was desperate for water and hurried toward a mirage only to find a frail little old Jewish man selling ties to whom he pleaded for water.

“I have no water. Would you like to buy a tie?”

The terrorist shouted hysterically, “I spit on your ties! I need water!”

“Sorry, no water, just pure silk ties, $5 and $10.”

“Pahh! A curse on your ties! I should wrap one around your scrawny neck, but I must conserve my energy and find water!”

“OK,” said the little old Jewish man, “if you go over that hill to the east for about two miles, you will find a restaurant. It has all the ice-cold water you need. Go in peace!”

Cursing him again, the desperate terrorist staggered away over the hill. Several hours later, he crawled back, almost dead, and gasped, “They won’t let me in without a tie!”

CONGRATS … To Dr. Scott Sircus on his 60th birthday … To Sid Newman on his birthday.

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