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

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