Morrie Fenkell would be proud of his grandson’s restaurant, The Morrie in Birmingham, now with two locations.

Naming a restaurant after someone is rarely easy … especially when it is that of a relative … The Morrie, named after the late Morrie Fenkell and celebrating its third anniversary in Royal Oak and a new location in Birmingham that opened this past summer, is more than just the name of someone’s grandfather.

Morrie passed on in 2007 and is remembered as “one of the boys” … He led a life that included being a medic during World War II and chairman of the board of Liberty State Bank & Trust in Hamtramck.

Courtesy of The Morrie/Terence Warde

Located on North Woodward, north of Maple, Birmingham, The Morrie is much like a roadside-styled eatery with cuisine that includes Nashville hot chicken sandwich, roadside ribs, smoked fried chicken wings, the Morrie burger, etc. … It is also known for its décor styling that includes a bar surrounding a large, elevated stage for musical performances.
Entrees that go over in a big way include steak frites with parmesan fries, freshly caught seafood, roasted half-chicken, etc.

There is seating for 214 with a bar that includes 33 stools … It does much of its own baking … fresh bread, sandwich buns, desserts like a banana bread pudding and other dishes.
The Morrie in Birmingham is open Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight, Friday, 11 a.m.- 2 a.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Courtesy of The Morrie


Courtesy of The Morrie/Terence Warde

The Morrie also has a private dining room that accommodates 36 guests with noise control and fabric ceiling … A raised stage can be seen from anywhere in the restaurant, with five 80-inch screens … much wanted for viewing games, events, etc.

If Morrie were alive today, he’d be proud to have his name associated with grandson Aaron F. Belen’s fine eatery.

A BIG REQUEST at many restaurants, mostly delicatessens, years ago … mainly at lunchtime but also enjoyed by evening palates … was for a hot beef sandwich … And that is what the customer received … A delicious prime or top-choice beef brisket with wholesome gravy and usually potatoes …. on choices of bread, white and sometimes rye or challah … Not so today at numerous delis … many hot beef sandwiches are now distant shadows of the one-time real thing … Especially take-outs with the meat many times clinging to the paper on the bottom of a Styrofoam container, and served with thinly sliced meat instead of the better brisket grades … In some delis where the skimpy “hot beef sandwich” is served, much of the slices are thin pieces and perhaps hidden shavings from the meat slicer.

OLDIE BUT GOODIE … A few days after seeing him, the doctor saw his elderly patient walking down the street with a gorgeous young lady … The doctor bumped into him the next day and said, “You’re really doing great, aren’t you?”

The aged gent replied, “Just doing what you said, Doc, ‘Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.’”

The doctor said, “I didn’t say that. I said, ‘You’ve got a heart murmur. Be careful.’”

CONGRATS … To Karrie Slominski on her birthday… To Pamela Smith on her birthday … To Robert Soper on his 80th birthday …To Jon and Lorrie Isenberg on their 34th anniversary.

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