Hedge's Wigwam used to be on Woodward and 10 Mile in Pleasant Ridge.
Hedge's Wigwam used to be on Woodward and 10 Mile in Pleasant Ridge. (Pinterest)

Native American-themed Hedge’s Wigwam featured a cafeteria-style buffet.

It seemed like their first visit to the famous old landmark on Woodward and 10 Mile, Pleasant Ridge … And for certain, if youngsters were with the customers who came to Hedge’s Wigwam.

On the roof was a simulated giant wigwam … From 1927 until 1967, this wigwam meant two things to the people of Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills.

Old postcard from Hedge's Wigwam
Old postcard from Hedge’s Wigwam. Pinter

To the residents, it meant they were home … To others, it certainly indicated to them some very good food for dinner.

Chief Pontiac is now at the Paint Creek Cider Mill.
Chief Pontiac is now at the Paint Creek Cider Mill. Wikimedia Commons

The entrance to Hedge’s Wigwam was guarded by some of the sternest looking wooden Native Americans, similar to what you would see outside of a cigar store of yesteryear.

Many eyes were opened further … Especially those of youngsters there for the first time at the long, gleaming counter laden with food.

There were the famous chicken pies, roast prime ribs, a big pan of spaghetti, a pile of fish fillets, etc., plus a pot of mashed potatoes, crispy green salads, fruity salads and a lot of vegetables… Many youngsters would rush to the lavish section filled with pies, cakes, tarts and ice cream.

No fieldhand after hours of hard work in the fresh air possibly could have devoured the food many guys and gals would possibly gulp down … Everything was so tasty and wholesome.

A statue now graces the Clarkston Union.
A statue now graces the Clarkston Union. Wikimedia Commons

The inside of Hedges was pretty much the same all year.

While attacking the heaping plate of food, there were lots of interesting things at which folks could look … The inside was finished in a rough-hewn log cabin type décor … The walls were hung with interesting Native American regalia and paraphernalia.

Few will forget its tables … They had scenes from early Indian life depicted right under the glass … There were leaves, moss and birchbark, and brightly colored moths and butterflies … The chairs were hand-carved, just like in a pioneer’s cabin.

There was a gift shop … and you can be sure that if any of the kids were along, many parents bought him or her a birchbark canoe with “Hedge’s Wigwam” stamped on the side.

MARKOS GOULAS, new owner of Uptown Parthenon, is the nephew of Tom Goulas, who was erroneously named as owner in a previous column … Markos’ father, Athanasios Goulas, is Tom’s brother.

RESTAURANT PROSPECTIVE owners and managers need employees to run their businesses… It makes sense to treat them well so they’ll satisfy the customer … Good waitpersons often tell customers their names for a special, friendly touch … They take orders as soon as possible after giving diners time to study the menu … Some waitpersons have a sixth sense about proper timing and don’t keep asking for dining orders when customers are relaxing over a cocktail.

OLDIE BUT GOODIE … The beautiful waitress asked what he would like … She slaps him in the face and walks away boiling … A gent seated nearby starts laughing while telling him, “It’s quiche … not quickie!”

CONGRATS … To Leon Spitz on his 75th birthday. 

Danny’s email address is dannyraskin2132@gmail.com.