Danny Raskin: Steven Lelli’s Tribute
Hundreds come to enjoy Checker Bar-B-Q favorites.
He thought the big problem could be solved by having three seatings, but Mark Zarkin, owner of Steven Lelli’s Inn On The Green, 12 Mile, west of Halsted, Farmington Hills, vastly underestimated the huge popularity of the years ago former Checker Bar-B-Q favorite of his and so many other devotees.
It began with a semblance of normalcy but wound up with oodles of people lined up at the doors and lobby … Result was more than 580 people in the restaurant room’s enclosed patio … one table of 39 from Grosse Pointe … a table of 25 judges from everywhere … People galore eating from aluminum trays filled with food items from 30 cases of baby back ribs, 28 cases of regular large ribs, 525 pounds of chicken, 25 pounds of cole slaw, 490 loaves of garlic bread, six large cases of shrimp, oodles of other barbecued meat for those who didn’t eat ribs … corn-on-the-cob for everyone, etc.
Servers without the usual tuxedos … Simple white shirts and dark pants by the men and plain dress for the gals … Server Sandy Tennenbaum typified the informality by wearing suspenders over his shirt … No ties … very casual … large rolls of brown paper on the tables to casually wipe hands and fingers of diners … 100 gallons of regular barbecue sauce … 11 gallons of hot sauce … 12 cases of corn … 300 whole pizzas … etc.
“What a night!” Mark said. “All the wonderful people on an evening to remember! Thanks loads to everyone who had as much enjoyment and remembrance in joining us for this festive evening in tribute to a great Checker Bar-B-Q of yesterdays.”
LONG-AWAITED OPENING to the public of the Station Square Kitchen & Bar in Troy came this past Monday … The 250-seat restaurant plus outdoor large patio on Coolidge and Maple was a former Papa Vino.
RUMORS THAT Matt Prentice will take over former Plaza Deli, Northwestern Highway, Southfield, are not true yet … He was seen there with a contractor to discuss costs of renovating it … Plaza is one of three venues seriously being considered by Matt when he returns to the dining fold on or after Oct. 21, but would be the most expensive because it might have to be completely gutted … Nothing has been signed … He will soon choose one of the three venues.
MAIL DEPT. … From Jerry Selicchia … “We have found that one of the latest restaurant crazes is happy hour times when offering menus and lower prices on cocktails. Among the better ones is Ruth’s Chris in Troy. My wife, Doreen, and I recently joined Bob and Sandy Bean of Lake Orion, and Heather Howitt from Windsor.
“Ruth’s Chris starts with house-made potato chips, a fine complement with our drinks. Doreen had the steak sandwich with hand-cut seasoned fries and a house-made béarnaise sauce. I enjoyed a bleu cheeseburger with fries. Sandy selected spicy shrimp, lightly fried and tossed in a cream sauce. Bob savored the roasted artisan marinated chicken breast sandwich featuring cilantro, brie cheese, and served with a fresh berry and arugula salad. Heather opted for Crabs Beignets with jalapeno, cream cheese and a tangy cucumber salad. Bill enjoyed his seared ahi.
“The Howitts said that Windsor restaurants don’t have happy hours. This is a standard stop for Doreen and me.”
FEW RESTAURANT OPERATIONS have been the producer of as many close friendships as dear as that of Norm and Bonnie Lepage, and Sameer and Leila Eid … The close friendship of more than 30 years shared by Norman and Bonnie, Big Rock Chophouse, Birmingham, and Sameer and Leila Eid, Phoenicia, Birmingham, is a strong one … With both continuing to meet and eat frequently at the respective eateries owned by one another … along with taking many trips together … Mexico and Beirut, among many destinations … Their sons, Scott Lepage and Samy Eid, follow in their parents’ footsteps by also being close and spending holidays together.
OLDIE BUT GOODIE … An old country doctor went way out to the boondocks to deliver a baby. It was so far out that there was no electricity. When the doctor arrived, no one was home except for the laboring mother and her 5-year-old son.
The doctor instructed the child to hold the lantern high so he could see while he helped the woman deliver the baby. The child did so, the mother pushed and after a little while the doctor lifted the newborn baby by the feet and spanked him on the bottom to get him to take his first breath.
“Hit him again,” the child said. “He shouldn’t have crawled up there in the first place!”
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CONGRATS … To Jerry Naftaly on his birthday … To Sandy Noble on her birthday … To Jerry and Marsha Moss on their 58th anniversary …To Howard and Susan Levin on their 54th anniversary.
Danny’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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