Posts by Mary Meldrum

Ann Stevenson and Curt Catallo Open New Restaurant in Troy

Gran Castor is colorful new addition to the restaurant scene. By Mary Meldrum Photos courtesy of Gran Castor I came in through the coffeehouse door in the back to meet up with owners Ann Stevenson and Curt Catallo. A party of 20 young ladies accompanied me through the door, and we were met with smooth…

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Wine glasses and a bottle of wine with a plate of filet at the Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

Cooper’s Hawk Winery

Handcrafted Wine and Modern Casual Dining Located on Hall Road in Clinton Township, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opened this past June. General Manager Kyle Houlahan says business has been brisk and steady ever since. The first Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opened in October 2005 in Illinois. To date, there is now a total…

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Great Lakes HPP

Food Industry Game Changer

High-pressure processing leads to fewer preservatives and a longer shelf life. Jack and Annette Aronson have been making news for the past several years with their many business and charitable ventures. As founders of Garden Fresh Gourmet in Ferndale, the Aronsons sold this business and continue to work for the new owners, the Campbell Soup…

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a bar with different tequila and margaritas on it.

Traditional Mexican Flavor

Find it at Mojito Rio Grande. There is a new full-bar Mexican restaurant that opened on Northwestern Highway near Inkster in a small strip mall area. Situated at 29852 Northwestern Highway, where Farmington Hills and Southfield converge, Mojito Rio Grande opened last November. This 92-seat bar and restaurant is attracting Mexican food enthusiasts for lunch and…

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Madhouse Bar & Grill sports bar

Madhouse Bar & Grill – Upscale Sports Bar In Oakland County

Madhouse Bar & Grill great for March Madness. Opened only since mid-January, Madhouse Bar & Grill on Stephenson Highway in Madison Heights is a new family-friendly sports bar and restaurant featuring a menu with sandwiches, salads, pizza and entrees, plus a full bar. Described by General Manager Jason McMurrian: “Madhouse is a bar for the…

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Painting of a large man and a large woman drinking wine together.

A Taste Of Warsaw, Poland In Troy, Michigan

A true Polish experience in Troy. The long-anticipated Polka Restaurant in Troy on Maple Road is off to a roaring start. Open only since Jan. 23, Polka started off with a lineup of about 50 people outside the door for its first dinner. Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner only, it has been busy ever…

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The Royal Oak Taphouse

The old Jimi’s Family Restaurant of Royal Oak recently changed up its game, becoming the Royal Oak Taphouse (ROTH). A family of entrepreneurs in the Royal Oak area since 1928, Sam Pallis and his siblings are third-generation restaurateurs who are transforming their family’s business to dovetail with the changing downtown business environment in Royal Oak.…

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House updates Troy location

Ruth’s Chris Steak House is the largest upscale steakhouse company in the world with locations around the globe. Founded in New Orleans, La., by Ruth Fertel in 1965, Ruth’s Chris specializes in USDA prime grade steaks broiled at 1,800 degrees, served on a 500-degree plate with salt, pepper and a pat of butter to give it that Ruth’s…

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The Nomad Grill

The Epicurean Group, the corporate force behind familiar names such as the Novi Chophouse, the Plaza Deli, Soul Café and Epic Kosher Catering, has recently opened the Nomad Grill in Southfield adjacent to the newly renovated Premier Best Western Hotel on Telegraph (formerly the Holiday Inn of Southfield). “Stan Dixon purchased the company to save…

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Slow’s Bar BQ in Pontiac

While the M-1 Concourse is probably the best known new resident of Pontiac, another new neighbor has moved in, adding to the ranks of the city, which is experiencing a quiet renaissance — Slow’s Bar BQ of Corktown fame. I sat down with General Manager Rob Stone and Head Chef Ryan Esker to discuss the…

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