Danny Raskin: Time-Honored Treasure
Brass Pointe celebrates its 37th year.
He had been searching everywhere and saw many places to show off his idea … But none appealed to him … He wanted a building with space to enlarge and offer plenty of free parking space.
Then came the area and surroundings he had hoped to find … However, there was one major problem … It eventually still proved to be too small for his future restaurant, but he suddenly and thankfully could see the vision of room enlargement that would include all the things he wanted within the surroundings … and more.
That little Pumpernickel Delicatessen was everything he wanted … including what he hoped to see … a “for sale” sign.
Bob Mihajlovski never realized it fully at the time, but his dream was to become more than just another neighborhood barbecue-plus restaurant … People began to come from all over to see this new eatery that served barbecue ribs, seafood, broasted and barbecue chicken … soups, salads … and for a stranger to his selection of food, selected Mexican specialty dishes … to name just few of the offerings.
Today, enjoying the entrance of its 37th year, Brass Pointe, Orchard Lake Road, just north of 10 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, has become a dining institution of much note … with added items like its Super Size that includes Greek salad, super slab of ribs or chicken, prime rib, shrimp, rib tips, etc. … Even a rice pudding is homemade by Bob … Within two years, Bob was seeing more people than expected coming back time and again … and, two years later, brought on his partner-to-be, Danny Nestorovic, married to his niece.
The original small interior seating had climbed to 250, including a selected party room that often serves as a second accommodation for its crowds of customers.
In the 37th year of its time-honored existence, Brass Pointe has exceeded all expectations … with the continued growing of a dedicated existence that can today count many customers also as friends.
READER MINI REVIEW … by Jerry Naftaly … “I lunched at a new Oak Park sushi restaurant called Nee How Sushi, 10116 W. Nine Mile. Open six days a week for lunch and dinner, it offers a variety of Japanese dishes, sushi and sashimi.
“Even though open only a few months, owner Jerry Guo said it is expanding the menu to include Chinese, ‘Asian-fusion cuisine.’ Mike Soave, my host, and I sampled one of the future items, a delicious Japanese noodle stir-fry with broccoli, carrot, bok choy, optional chicken and shrimp and special seasoning. We also ordered several freshly cooked rolls, including the ‘Summer Vegetable Roll,’ without rice that includes red cabbage, pickled radish, carrot, lettuce, asparagus, cucumber, avocado, kampyo, spinach, mayo and sauce wrapped in rice paper. We also enjoyed the ‘Philadelphia,’ a cooked roll of smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese. No bagel. A third item, ‘Salmon on the Beach,’ torched salmon, avocado, cucumber and mild, spicy mayo, was very good. I ordered it without the crab meat. Add the touch of soy sauce, wasabi and ginger to your liking. Mike also found tasty a crab meat with rice roll and a dumpling with chicken, called ‘Gyoza.’ All items were very delicious and took the sushi war in Oak Park to a new level.”
WHY DO I WRITE about some restaurants numerous times, some ask? … A good eatery will make little or big changes when needed along with proper adjustments … whether it is the menu, help or the place itself … Perhaps, too, it could be celebrating another year of success … which so many times tells many stories that others should know about.
REARVIEW MIRROR … When Harvey Stone sang “Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long” on the Frank Barbaro’s Bowery stage … and an embarrassed Harvey’s trousers fell down as he ended … And another time, also on the Bowery stage, after Charlie Carlisle put his cigar on a chair and forgot it was still lit when he sat on it.
OLDIE BUT GOODIE … From Dennis Green … Joe visits his veterinarian and says, “My dog has a problem.”
The veterinarian says, “So tell about the dog and the problem.”
“It’s a Jewish dog. His name is Seth, and he can talk,” says Joe.
“He can talk?” the doubting doctor asks.
“Watch this.” Joe points to the dog and commands, “Seth, fetch!”
Seth begins to walk toward the door, then turns around and says, “So, why are you talking to me when you want something? And then you make me sleep on the floor with my arthritis. You give me this food with all the salt and fat, and you tell me it’s a special diet. Maybe if I could stretch out a little, the sciatica wouldn’t kill me so much! I should roll over and play dead for real, for all you care!”
Dr. Saul is amazed. “This is remarkable! So, what’s the problem?”
Joe says, “He has a hearing problem! I said ‘fetch’ not ‘kvetch.’”
CONGRATS TO … Mary Lou Zieve on her birthday … George Samson on his birthday …
Danny’s email address is email@example.com.