Déjà Food: Recalling a Family Restaurant 'Empire'


In this photo taken around 1900, my great-grandfather stands behind his bar with bartender Koenig, at the Hund Saloon on Gratiot and Chene. When Alexander Hund died in 1913, my grandfather Arthur ran it until Prohibition. Alexander had “GOOD FOR 5 CENT DRINK” coins made to pass out to farmers at the market. “Hund” (German for hound) became the logo, later used by my father, Robert Hund’s public relations firm.

Longtime Detroiters may remember other Hund restaurants. Hund’s Grill on Grand River near Bagley was a great place to dine after a show at the Michigan Theatre (it’s now under new ownership). My grandmother prepared salads. When asked for recipes, she’d say, “Start with a gallon of olive oil …” The Club Berkley on Woodward boasted a more sophisticated menu. Northwood Inn in Royal Oak was a roadhouse with a dance floor and food. My father, Robert (“The Baritone”), often entertained there. —Kathie Hund Nuttle

>> GOT A ‘DÉJÀ FOOD’ TALE? Share your story and we’ll give a $100 gift certificate to a “modern” restaurant to the author of items we publish. Email us at editorial@hourdetroit.com or snail mail us at 117 W. Third St., Royal Oak, MI 48067.

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

Designer Taste

A quaint Ferndale shop sells exotic cheese, chocolate, and charcuterie

A Lebanese Take on Classic American Favorites

Mission BBQ Opens in Troy

A new restaurant serves summer favorites with a side of patriotism year-round

A New Noodle Shop on the Block

Midtown Detroit welcomes Urban Ramen

Woah, Deli!

Rocco’s Italian Deli offers classic sandwiches with a fresh, Detroit twist
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Top Docs List 2018
  2. Memories of Miya
    Citizen Yoga founder, Kacee Must Leeb reflects on her sister’s suicide, its impact on her...
  3. Introducing the Piekie
    These cookie-shaped pies win big on-screen and off
  4. The Sixth Man
    A youth basketball coach teaches lessons on and off the court
  5. Seeking Support
    Like many metro areas across the U.S., finding a therapist in and around Detroit can prove to be...
  6. Therapy in the Digital Age
    New innovations that revolutionize traditional approaches to counseling
  7. Food Recipe: Chili
    Michael Keys, of Red Crown in Grosse Pointe Park, shares his favorite chili recipe
  8. Author's Cuisine
    At M Cantina in Dearborn, Junior Merino is creating a new kind of Mexican cuisine that is...
  9. Seeing Clearly
    The co-founders behind Genusee on making eyewear with a mission
  10. Mending Migraines
    Nausea, excruciating head pain, sensitivity to light and noise: The oppressiveness of the list of...