New Restaurant in Downtown Northville Almost Ready to Open! 160 Main

northville night-13Walking by last night and located beside the Town Square, it looks like work at  160 Main is nearly complete and opening appears set for December 6th! The exterior facade looks great and so does the interior from what we can see.  We are looking forward to trying this restaurant!

Park Place Gastro Pub Nearly Ready to Open in Downtown Plymouth


The Place Place Gastro Pub at 336 Main St in downtown Plymouth is getting ready to open.  The old 336 Main has been with us for some time and now it’s being revitalized into the the Park Place Gastro Pub. Walking by today, here’s their new look… and here’s a link to their facebook page.

Pakwaan Fine Indian Cuisine Opening Soon in Downtown Plymouth

Opening next week in downtown Plymouth, Pakwaan Fine Indian Cuisine at 447 Forest Avenue! Patrick and I stopped by today and saw the menu, met the owner, Sunny, a nice man who hails from Shalimar, a very successful Indian restaurant in Ann Arbor.  The place is looking good and it will seat a lot of people comfortably.  They will open next week and we will be there!
Does anybody remember when there was a purple building on Forest which housed a Chinese Restaurant named “Dinersty”?  Rewind even further…who remembers Cloverdale?  That’s where my grandpa took me to get “Nutty Buddies”, my parents and I would go to the drive through to get Chocolate Almond ice cream and milk and I would hang out with my tween friends (shout out to Juliet Scott) in the 70’s and 80’s and have ice cream floats and play Centipede and Pac Man before visiting various shops in town (shout out to Fred Hill). If you never visited Cloverdale or just want to revisit the memories, you can see the soda fountain which is now located inside of the Plymouth Historical Museum!
To date, the location on Forest has been most successful as Cloverdale’s.  I really doubt anything can top Cloverdale’s.  There have been several unsuccessful restaurant attempts in the post Cloverdale space, including Panache, Bamboo, 1999 Tavern and I’m not sure if that’s everything.  Let’s hope the location is going to work for it’s new occupant. Plymouth has become an entertainment and dining destination – with Forest Ave. showing a lot of activity with Barrio, Little Bangkok, Extreme Pizza, and EG Nicks.
I cannot remember in my lifetime an Indian restaurant in Plymouth – this will be a first.  We are looking forward to Pakwaan’s opening in Downtown Plymouth!
447 Forest Ave, Plymouth MI 48170

Center Street Grille in Northville Now Open!


Now open in Downtown Northville where the old Starting Gate Saloon used to be at 135 N. Center Street, the Center Street Grille (248-924-3135) is the latest offering from the people that brought us the Ironwood Grille and Barrio in Plymouth.  A family-friendly restaurant, the Center Street Grille menu  features pizzas, pastas, burgers, salads, seafood, steak, and sandwiches. Next time you are in town looking for a new casual option, this one could be worth a try. We’ll stop in soon to give it a try ourselves and report back!


Bento 39 in Novi

Before our careers in real estate, Patrick and I were expatriates living in Hiroshima, Japan for 3 years. That’s even where I gave birth to our son. We loved living there, absorbing a culture that is so foreign, yet technologically advanced. One of my favorite aspects of living there was the food. I love seafood and interesting dishes – Japan has lots of both. The food is overall very healthy. One of the traditional everyday meals in Japan is the Bento Box meal. It is a meal prepared either at home or for takeout that comes in a box with compartments, each holding a different food item, so you get a balanced meal all within the box. The food in a bento is typically minimally processed and items such as rice, pickled vegetables and a protein are standard.

This leads me to Bento 39, a small restaurant in a strip mall on Novi Road in Novi, Michigan. It is called Bento 39 because in Japanese, the numbers 3 and 9 sound like “Thank You” so the owners named it Bento Thank You. Japanese like to take English words and incorporate them into Japanese so this time they are doing the opposite.

Anyway, I was so excited when I found this shop a few months ago. They have a relatively small menu of about 12 bento dishes and every day there is a daily special. Sometimes I can read the special in Japanese if it has enough of the words I still remember…but you can ask them. You can either dine in or take out.

I am so happy I can get a healthy bento box now of traditional Japanese food at Bento 39.

22200 Novi Road, Novi 48375, Telephone: (248) 344-0896.

Simply Fresh Meditterrean Grill on Penniman in Downtown Plymouth Now Open!

The BAKE Team Trying out Simply Fresh in Downtown Plymouth

It’s been a long time since Plaka closed and left us all hungry for a good chicken shawarma! But now Simply Fresh Grill has opened on Penniman providing downtown Plymouth with another lunch spot. We tried it today and for an opening day it was pretty good! We will be going back again soon.

Plymouth is Missing Plaka


A frequent lunch spot for so many locals including us – we all hope it re-opens soon!


BARRIO COCINA Y TEQUILERIA Now Open on Downtown Plymouth’s Forest Avenue

barrio plymouth

Update: Finally had a chance to try Barrio for dinner and it didn’t disappoint.  The atmosphere, food, drinks, and service were all very good so we will definitely be returning soon!

BARRIO COCINA Y TEQUILERIA just opened in what used to be Zin and before that Grape Expectations.

According to their website, the new restaurant “combines fresh, made-to-order Mexican specialties, custom craft cocktails, Mexican and Michigan made craft beers, and a wide selection of tequilas and wine in a comfortable and social atmosphere for locals and out-of-towners to enjoy. Our authentic menu and fun atmosphere  allow couples, singles, families and friends to enjoy lunch or dinner right on Forest Avenue in the heart of Downtown Plymouth.”

We haven’t tried it yet but it sure looks tempting – especially if you enjoy your Tequila! You can see their menu by clicking here.

East meets West: Plymouth’s Iconic Cozy Cafe now has Sushi

Cozy Cafe Sushi
Cozy Cafe Sushi

Plymouth’s downtown Cozy Cafe is well known to locals and walking by today, you’ll notice a pretty significant name and menu change. So if you are in the mood for some Beef Bulgogi, look no further than the Cozy Cafe!  Of course, other restaurants in the area also offer sushi, sashimi and other Asian inspired menu items. But I believe this is the only Korean menu in the downtown Plymouth Area. We’ll let them get settled and then stop by and give the Kimchi a try.


San Francisco’s Extreme Pizza Opening Soon in Downtown Plymouth

20140403_132958The rapidly evolving Plymouth restaurant landscape changes once again with Extreme Pizza taking over the premises of Simple Sandwich on Forest Ave. Founded in San Francisco and spreading across the country, Extreme Pizza is known for convenience and ‘cool’, a sophisticated online and mobile ordering system, exotic ingredients, and a freestyle extreme sports theme. We’ll miss Simple Sandwich with its Northern Michigan theme, quality ingredients, and friendly atmosphere. From simple to extreme…



Enjoy Some Local History at Plymouth Crossing Restaurant

423669_10151375824385510_1524375894_nPlymouth’s city center has enjoyed the arrival of many new restaurants and bars over the past several years. But just outside of downtown along Main St. at the level crossing, you’ll find the Markham Building and Plymouth Crossing Restaurant.

DSC01815The Building dates from 1885 when the Markham Manufacturing Company began producing wooden tanks and cisterns.  The company soon switched to manufacturing wooden air rifles while across the tracks, the Plymouth Iron and Windmill Company began producing a metal BB gun known as the ‘Daisy’.  And so began Plymouth’s page in history as the birthplace of the Daisy Air Rifle. Ultimately, the two companies became one and while the Daisy Buildings are gone save for a section of wall, the Markham Building remains.20130204_123937


The restaurant itself is a calming, traditional setting with a fireplace and plenty of wood tones, exposed brick walls, brass, and red, tufted leather booths.  The service is friendly and relaxed.  And the food is hearty and satisfying.  For a dining experience unique in the City, Plymouth Crossing is definitely worth a visit.

The Garage Grill and Fuel Bar Now Open in Downtown Northville


With a fresh coat of paint and much, much more, the work on Downtown Northville’s Garage Grill and Fuel Bar is now complete and dinner guests are enjoying the completely updated former fuel station and Chrysler dealership. Renovating this brown field site and former gas station in the heart of downtown has required some effort but the results are beginning to show.  You can learn more about the history and design of this new restaurant at their website. Converting old gas stations into dining establishments is garage interiorsomething we love in the Metro Detroit area with so much automotive history around us.  Consider the recent re-opening of the Vinsetta Garage as a restaurant in Royal Oak.  This place is now a destination for automotive enthusiasts – especially during Dream Cruise weekend. To learn more about the repurposing and renovation of Northville’s Garage Grill and Fuel Bar, here is a great video showing the work in progress from earlier this yearGarage Grill and Fuel Bar is located at 202 W. Main St in Downtown Northville. The menus is extensive featuring sandwiches, pizzas, seafood, and beef. There is usually a wait so you should call ahead (248-924-3367).  We really enjoyed our dinner there – the food, service, and setting were all excellent! What a great example of honoring the past while repurposing for the present.