Mary (left) and Buddy (right) Meyerson, the inspiration for Trio.
Mary (left) and Buddy (right) Meyerson, the inspiration for Trio. (

The three-purpose restaurant offered a wide variety of food and atmosphere.

The three sons of their late parents Buddy and Mary Meyerson, whose Buddy’s Bar-B-Q was a Detroit landmark for 30 years before closing, was the impetus to honor them with the building of a three-purpose restaurant.

And so the Trio at Franklin was designed from the ground up with this basic premise in mind … The creation of a dining institution by sons Arlyn, Jerry and Aubrey, that would build them a unique reputation … all three restaurants under the same roof.

Brown Bear for complete dinners in a warm, intimate and comfortable dining room … Buddy’s Barbecue with all the favorite barbecue delights the older Meyersons had served for almost four decades … The Great Oyster, an upbeat bar and lounge with entertainment and light seafood entrees.

Its menu featured entrées which the elder Meyersons had mastered … As a unique dining institution, the Brown Bear offered items produced right here, like seafood from the Great Lakes, and Michigan cherries, mushrooms, fruit and vegetables in season … The dinner menu changed each week and the lunch menu daily.

Buddy’s Barbecue had the same barbecuing techniques, secret family recipes and sauces prepared in a glass-enclosed, red-tiled barbecuing area.

The Great Oyster was a place to enjoy seafood delights and snacks … fresh oysters and clams, sautéed seafood, stuffed mushrooms, clam chowder, a soup selection and other favorites … without ordering a full meal.

It was perfect for a light lunch and ideal for after theater or for stopping in after a tough day and beating the rush-hour blues … The bandstand came alive each night and there was dancing.

The Meyerson brothers decided that they had always wanted to be a part of the area they chose to build in a region that centered near the borders of Southfield, Franklin Village, Farmington Hills and West Bloomfield … In the early 1970s, the search was under way for the right location … Six acres were purchased at the corner of Northwestern and Franklin Road.

Each of the brothers had his own ideas about what form the new restaurant should take … They agreed, however, that they wanted to create something which would become a landmark … a dining facility unique to Michigan …They wanted their new restaurant to become as the French Quarter was in New Orleans.

The Trio offered a wide variety of food and atmosphere … Set at different levels which could be viewed from the massive lobby, the three rooms each presenting something different for varied moods … A brightly lit entrance canopy was their way of saying, “Here is where the action and great food is!”

Today, the Jewish News’ offices are where Trio once stood.

OLDIE BUT GOODIE … Moishe is looking for a parking place as he turns toward heaven and says, “Lord, if you find me a parking place, I promise I will eat only kosher and respect Shabbos and all holidays.”

Miraculously, a place opens up just in front of him … He turns his face up to heaven and says, “Never mind, I just found one!”

CONGRATS … To Dennis Frank on his 80th birthday … To Yetta and Danny Weintraub on their 66th anniversary … To Ron and Sheila Schechter on their 65th anniversary.

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