Danny Raskin: Talk Of Broadway Market Revival
Detroit jewel was a lunchtime favorite.
With a seeming resurrection, talk has been bantered about regarding the return of a Detroit favorite of many yesteryears … Bringing back the one-time Broadway Market would certainly tickle the memories of many … It might recall for them fond reminiscences and give young folks like Café Cortina’s Adrian Tonon, who also works in Detroit’s mayoral office, the semblance of a look at what was then among its most wonderful experiences.
Broadway Market once stood majestically on Broadway and Grand River … On almost any day during lunch, it was a crowded showplace for people from all walks of life … One could hardly get a much better sandwich, corned beef, pastrami, roast beef … and whatever would go with it … at a better price.
Mrs. Harry Lefkofsky’s Delicatessen was an almost absolute stopover where you could get one of the best corned beef sandwiches anywhere with much savored delight … And if you enjoyed having an ice-cold beer and sandwich, Buck Isrow’s little shop was available as the only one at the market selling the suds … And there were so many styles of buns from which to select at Janet Burrows’ three bakeries in the Broadway Market … then perhaps to her little deli for roast beef or selections from a bevy of cold cuts … After the usual mustard or choice of many luscious put-ons, folks would hustle down to Kreger’s with its dozens of drinks from coffee to milk to creamed blueberry and untold numbers of fruit beverages from which to choose.
The dining and drinking were done standing or wandering through the displays of appetizing-looking foods … But even if folks were not hungry, the Broadway Market was a delightful experience … and a lot of fun, too … with kids getting free balloons, etc.
MAIL DEPT. … From Maria Boulis … “Will the Chef’s Table 12 open again? My husband, Eric Boulis, and I had wonderful dinners there.”
(Sorry to say, Maria, but it doesn’t look like Chef’s Table 12 will reopen again at the former Tribute location on 12 Mile in Farmington Hills … It is a great location and the possibility is that the site could open under another name and ownership.)
REARVIEW MIRROR … When Saksey’s Restaurant-Lounge, owned by Quicken Loan’s Dan Gilbert’s dad Sam Gilbert and Irving Sachs, boasted of having two award-winning waitresses, Pauline Baron and Sarah Rogovin … When Kim Wah called his deal off and didn’t open his proposed Chinese restaurant doors on Franklin Road in Southfield because he heard the site was a danger hazard … The same location became Hugo’s, Brunetti’s, Excalibur, Caffe Milan and Il Posto restaurants.
MOVIE STAR MARK Wahlberg has his eyes set on more business ventures in the Metro Detroit areas that he has become so enamored with … Plus the four Wahlburgers restaurants the film favorite has in partnership with friends Nino and Liz Cutraro, owners of the Bella Piatti Restaurant in Birmingham, among others, Wahlberg’s sights are set on a car dealership here with localite Jay Feldman.
GRAD TIDINGS … Date of Mumford High’s reunion of the first graduating class in 1953 will be … Sunday, Oct. 14, noon brunch at Andiamo on Telegraph and 15 Mile … Call Judie Koploy at Slades in West Bloomfield’s Orchard Mall, (248) 851-0066.
WONDERING DEPT. … If executive chef/owners Mary Brady and Susan Juergens still serve that item Mary discovered years ago in a small London, England, wine bar, at hers and partner Susan’s Diamond Jim Brady’s Bistro & Bar, Novi Town Center, Novi Road … Mushrooms flamed with sherry and then folded into butter and sour cream.
A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT of reminiscence at Leo’s Coney Island, West Bloomfield, by Lou and Evelyn Grant, who told me of many years ago when her son, Mitchell Bacow, called to ask me about the girl from Germany, Ruth Werthheimer, who I had written about …It was the beginning of their dating togetherness that grew into marriage … and their having two children, Lawrence and Elaine Bacow … In July, son Lawrence Bacow became the 29th president of Harvard University.
OLDIE BUT GOODIE … A retiree was given a set of golf clubs by her co-workers. Thinking she’d try the game, the girl asked a local pro for lessons, exclaiming that she always wanted to learn to play golf but knew nothing about the game.
The pro showed her the stance and swing, then said, “Just hit the ball toward the flag on the first green.”
The novice teed up and smacked the ball straight down the fairway and onto the green, where it stopped inches from the hole.
“Now what?” the girl asked the speechless pro. “Uh, you’re supposed to hit the ball into the cup,” the astounded pro finally said, after he was able to speak again.
“Oh, great! Now you tell me!” said the beginner in a disgusted tone.
CONGRATS … To Douglas Goldberg on his birthday … To Harvey Goldsmith on his birthday … To Marion Seligson on her birthday
Danny’s email address is email@example.com.