Posts by Danny Raskin

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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Danny Raskin — La Dolce Vita

Hidden Detroit gem provides authentic Italian dining. There was a time when folks would be told about this restaurant but had difficulty finding it … However, most of the people were persistent enough to continue looking … And are happy they did … With the choice result being their making it a regular must ……

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The Village Palace Gets an Upgrade

New executive chef brings much more to the menu. It originally opened back in 1974 as another restaurant that served a purpose for fast breakfasts and lunches. Then restauranteur George Lukaj bought the little eatery about 10 years ago, changed the name from Village Place to Village Palace, added more breakfast and lunch items plus…

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Danny Raskin: Rising Like a Phoenix

Pepino’s recovers from fire better than ever. Danny Raskin Senior Columnist A never-to-be-forgotten tragedy may still linger in the devastating remembrance of some … But thankfully in the hearts of those who experienced the almost-forgotten-by-now catastrophic fire, it is today only a yesteryear’s glimmer although too devastating to quickly forget. However, life must go on…

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the inside of The Whitney showing a grand piano and fireplace with chandeliers

Danny Raskin: Stately Sophistication

The Whitney celebrates 32 years. Danny Raskin Senior Columnist There are two words that would aptly apply to this legend … True elegance … But there are so many more that can also relate to this legendary restaurant … Sophisticated class indeed! This is the 32nd anniversary of The Whitney, Woodward and Canfield, Detroit, for…

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Danny Raskin: Heart of the Sea

Fresh is king at O’Brien’s Crabhouse. Danny Raskin Senior Columnist He has had many tempting offers to move his fine seafood restaurant to other sectors, but owner Dan Dunsky’s O’Brien’s Crabhouse continues to be among Michigan’s finest fresh seafood restaurants on his 28th anniversary at the same location … And proof again that a restaurant…

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filet of steak with mushrooms on top and a sauce or gravy being poured from a spoon above all resting on a plane oval plate.

Danny Raskin: Turning 21

Andiamo West demonstrates restaurant togetherness. Danny Raskin An eatery celebrating a 21st birthday is talked about so much it has become old hat to many … This is called restaurant togetherness … Few restaurants realize if they have this. Such as one like Andiamo West on 15 Mile and Telegraph, Bloomfield Township … It has…

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Hot supreme thin crust pizza cooking in oven with steam and smoke

Danny Raskin: Same Name, New Owners

A new and different Como’s from Peas & Carrots Hospitality Group. It might have seemed strange that the Peas & Carrots Hospitality Group would want to continue using the Como’s name unless it were to retain the recently closed restaurant as it once was with much glory on Woodward, Ferndale … and almost completely refurbish…

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