Le Chef was an excellent Lebanese restaurant, but its location in a Home Depot plaza in Farmington Hills gave it no street presence. It closed in 2013, but fans of the fare served elegantly by the mother/daughter team of Malake and Melissa Bitar may now find it in a much more appropriate setting: the former Shiraz space at 30100 Telegraph Rd. inbBingham Farms. This time, the Bitars named their restaurant Mandaloun Bistro, and it specializes in the cuisine of northern Lebanon. It’s serving house-made sausage, chicken kafta, lamb tongue, and some of the best hummus in town.
Return to His Roots
Veteran restaurateur Matt Prentice has gone back to his roots. He’s opened Matt’s Bagel Deli on Mound Road south of 14 Mile Road in Warren, where he serves breakfast and lunch daily from a sandwich/soup menu and also continues his catering business.
A Chair at the Table
Ken Miller, the CEO of Millennium Restaurant Group of Kalamazoo, has been elected chairman of the Michigan Restaurant Association. Miller’s restaurants include Martell’s, Central City Tap House, the Idler Riverboat, and several more.
One more reason to go to Corktown. The Detroit Institute of Bagels is teaming up with ACRE and Brother Nature to open the Corktown Farmers Market on a strip of land on Michigan Avenue between the Lodge service drive and the DIB. It opens mid-May, 3-7 p.m. on Thursdays through October.
Guests who arrived for dinner at Bistro 82 one cold Wednesday night in February got a pleasant surprise when they discovered that as a celebration of the Royal Oak restaurant’s one-year anniversary, dinner was on the house. Furthermore, a matching amount of the dinner total ($5,182.19) was given to the Boys and Girls Club of Royal Oak by proprietor Aaron F. Belen.
The Townsend Hotel has upheld the standards once again. The Birmingham hostelry has received the Forbes Travel Guide’s four-star rating for the third year in a row. And it’s no surprise that Rugby Grille, its clubby restaurant, gets the Forbes recommendation too.