Posts by Danny Raskin

Year No. 5 for Bistro 82

The French-influenced Bistro 82 is still drawing new customers. By Danny Raskin When a restaurant is still drawing new faces going into its fifth year, you know that it must have been doing something right … Five years in the dining business is considered by many as the coveted amount of time agreed upon and…

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It’s a Family Affair at Steven Lelli’s

Sons join their dad at Steven Lelli’s Inn On the Green. By Danny Raskin, Senior Columnist Photos Courtesy of Mark Zarkin A chip off the ol’ block, or two of them, it might be said as Mark Zarkin celebrates the ninth anniversary of his Steven Lelli’s Inn On the Green, 12 Mile, between Halsted and…

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Uptown Parthenon Celebrates 20 Years

We say ‘opa!’ to former Greektown namesake on its 20th anniversary. By Danny Raskin Photos courtesy of Uptown Parthenon   Forty-two years ago, New Parthenon Greek restaurant opened its doors in Greektown Detroit … It had been doing a booming business even when gambling casinos came … But not as much as before the coming…

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Diamond Jim Brady’s: A Sparkling Establishment

Creative chefs keep Diamond Jim Brady’s Bistro in Novi shining bright. By Danny Raskin Photos courtesy Diamond Jim Brady’s The ability to offer varied innovations in food has many times saved numerous restaurants from an unwanted dread … the sudden lack of customers … Among the reasons could be an inability to change or add…

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Nonna Maria’s Offers Big Italian Delights

Danny Raskin shares how the former Maria’s has expanded to Nonna Maria’s in West Bloomfield, featuring Italian dishes like never before. By Danny Raskin Photos courtesy Nonna Maria’s The saying, “What goes around comes around,” is almost apropos in this case … Although it does have much to do with the re-opening of a closed…

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Stack of bluberry-topped pancakes from 5th Tavern

The Best of Brunch at 5th Tavern

Don’t miss the weekend spreads at 5th Tavern. By Danny Raskin Photos courtesy of 5th Tavern Back in 1895 “merry ol’ England,” writer Guy Beringer came up with his thought of there being something for folks who drank heavily on Saturday evening having a light repast to eat on Sunday like tea and pastries ……

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Bagels on wood

Jersey Bagel Deli & Grill Comes to W.B.

Bagel operation is going strong in West Bloomfield. By Danny Raskin It was not well known when first coming to Michigan about three or more years ago at another location, but since opening a second operation in West Bloomfield, Jersey Bagel Deli & Grill has become somewhat of a two-store local chain, so to speak,…

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Joe Vicari Announces Andiamo in Fenton

Restaurant empire strikes again. By Danny Raskin Rather than pull in his horns and be satisfied with his various empire of restaurants, Joe Vicari, as if in answer to an item a short while back in a local Detroit newspaper that he is considering retirement, opens still another eatery to go with his much-diversified chain.…

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Grand Tavern Celebrates a Decade of Dining

Grand Tavern celebrates 10th anniversary. By Danny Raskin, Senior Columnist Photos courtesy of Grand Tavern As the site of a former Chili’s restaurant, many reasons may crop up as to why it lasted less than a year at the location … But the present tenant, Grand Tavern, is among the winning eateries that many customers…

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Danny Raskin — The Coney Hot Dog Debate

Variations abound, but they’re all delicious. By Danny Raskin, Senior Columnist And the beat continues to go on and on … Into another year … Still a hang-up as to where the good ol’ Coney Island hot dog came from as it is today … and how it got started. Contrary to popular belief, it…

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