Uncategorized / 10.28.2011
Roaring 20s Return to Fabulous Ferndale
There’s a new watering hole in town called the Oakland. One might actually call it “old-new,” considering it’s modeled after a 1920s-style speakeasy.
If you’re not one of those people “in the know,” you could easily walk past the joint and be none the wiser. The exterior of the building is a plain slate-blue/lavender hue that has no frills, sparkle or pizzazz. The glass door has a simple emblem that reads, the “Oakland Art Novelty Company.”
The exterior of the Oakland has the feeling of a phony business front. In the 1920s, the Purple Gang, Detroit’s Jewish version of La Cosa Nostra, used phony businesses named the Art Novelty Company and the Oakland Sugarhouse to sell bootleg spirits. This, says owner Sandy Levine, is what the name of the bar was drawn from.