Danny Raskin: For The Dogs!
Pet owners speak out and Beverly Hills Grill turns 30.
I knew there were a lot of pet owners that read the Jewish News … but not as many as I’ve heard from who are hoping from my recent column that pets have bowls of water while customers are enjoying outside dining at area restaurants.
It brings to mind the years-ago article in the New York Times about some restaurants not only having water and biscuits for the pets, but also places like Café Giardinetto with dog menus featuring minced turkey breast, chopped beef and an antipasti platter … At Verbena, employees were trained to be as hospitable to pets as they were to their owners … Regulars included a French bulldog and a Jack Russell, who dined on hamburger steak, rare, served cut into bite-size pieces.
In some places, bus boys filled water bowls as routinely as water glasses.
The result was a doggie café society that rivaled that of Paris, France, where city regulations had never excluded pets from joining mistresses and masters at the table, inside or outside.
Pets remember restaurants where they’ve been spoiled, the article said, and more than one had led its owner to lunch or dinner.
ONE OF THE NICEST GENTS in the restaurant business, Bill Roberts, is deservedly receiving many kudos on the 30th anniversary of his Beverly Hills Grill, Southfield Road, South of 13 Mile, Beverly Hills.
“It is amazing how quickly three decades go by in the restaurant business,” Bill says.
When it opened in March 1988, Bill had only one other restaurant, Richard and Reiss in Downtown Birmingham … He gutted it in 1995 and created today’s Streetside Seafood.
Bill has added four more privately owned restaurants since then … and today his fine Roberts Restaurant Group, in addition to Beverly Hills Grill, includes Town Tavern in Royal Oak, B&G Café in Bloomfield Township, Streetside Seafood and Bill’s, Bloomfield Hills.
“The world and our industry have changed in so many ways that it feels like we’re now working in a totally different era,” reminisces the highly respected Bill.
SHE GREW UP a swimmer and diver and spent five years running a lacrosse recruiting service to assist college students in the popular sport … So, being a fine public relations and marketing pro, Sari Cicurel is certainly capable of taking over as executive director of the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation from David Blatt … Dave needed to retire and devote all his time to his mortgage and title consulting work of more than 25 years … He’ll still consult with MJSF through June to ensure a smooth transition.
READER MINI REVIEW … By Jerry Silecchia … “My wife, Doreen, and I went to the former Roma Café at Detroit’s Eastern Market with friends Walt and Amyre Makupson. Although the name has been changed to Amore da Roma, the quality and quantity of food remain the same. The restaurant was taken over by its former chef, and a lot of work has been done to the interior; but we mainly went for the food.
“Rather than the all-you-can-eat buffet, we all shared its wonderful Roma Salad, mixed and served tableside. Doreen and I split a Chicken Parmigiana dish that came with a choice of sides. We got the green beans plus a side order of spaghetti with meat sauce. Even though there is an up-charge of $5 for sharing, we went that route and were glad we did when we saw the abundance of food. Walt and Amyre chose the Veal Parmigiana that they also split with a side of spaghetti. The Roma minestrone soup that Walt and I had was hot and tasty. All of us were extremely satisfied that the food has remained as good. Prices are a bit higher but worth it.”
REARVIEW MIRROR … When a sign above the bar at the original London Chop House in Detroit said, “The Pause That Refreshes” … When Chinese restaurant Rikshaw Inn in West Bloomfield also served a great true Caesar salad mixed tableside, French onion soup, flaming Steak Diane or Flaming Shrimp Saigon with cheese sauce and other flamed tableside dishes … among its titled Chinese dishes.
OLDIE BUT GOODIE … As soon as the Sabbath services had ended, the little boy walked up to the rabbi and said, “When I grow up, rabbi, I’m going to give you lots of money.”
The rabbi laughed and asked, “That’s really good to know, little man, but why do you want to do this?”
“Because,” replied the youngster, “my dad says that you are the poorest rabbi we have ever had.”
CONGRATS … To Sidney Meyers on his 15th birthday … To Reva “Revy” Strohl on her 78th birthday … To Al and Marilyn Frommer on their 67th anniversary.
Danny’s email address is email@example.com.