And, Another Fine Week It Has Been…
We are celebrating the Bistro’s 67th anniversary today. Tom’s father, Jim, opened on New Year’s Eve in 1954. Tom took over the helm when he died and subsequently Tom and I worked hard to grow a Detroit tradition for 29 years together. There have been ups and downs… his death and the start of the depression in 2008 now the pandemic, and the letter of almost immediate termination of my lease due to Wal-Mart taking my space in 2009. My sister Josephine and I worked like dogs to clear the restaurant and get what we could in to a storage unit. I’m glad that the original bar, Hi-Hat tables, Garland Stove and much cherished art that Tom and I collected are still part of today’s Bistro. I did not have any inclination as to where I may plant my feet until our current location came available a few months later. Then, Sharon and I reconnected and our journey began to create “our space.” We consider ourselves fortunate to have the support of many people: family, who understands our crazy working hours; the staff that watches our back and, of course, you. I’m glad I didn’t “close up shop” and proud that I carried on with a very important Detroit tradition that began over 6 decades ago. My father-in-law's rules for running his business were extraordinarily nouveau for the era. It was important to him that he purchased the finest ingredients he could find and to procure them from local merchants. He was proud to brag that the meat came from Thomson Cain, seafood from O’Neil and Hoffner, dairy from Twin Pines, bar supplies from LK (Lou Kashdan) and dry goods delivered by Hirsh Brothers. His vision has stood the test of time and because of it thousands of Detroiter’s have enjoyed the Brady family establishments. It is mind boggling to me what one little bar has evolved into and more importantly what a huge contribution it has been socially and economically too many. We are humbly proud!
As I write this last blog of the year I count my many blessings: my 93 year old Mom is slowing down but still determined to keep on going; for Maddie and Sophia, my darling little pups that love me unconditionally through thick and thin; for my steady steads, Z and Kos who know the sound of MY car when it pulls into the barn and greet me with happy nickers; for all of my family and friends and of course, my Bistro extended clan – as Sly would sing “We Are Family!!”
Sharon and crew have some awesome New Year’s Eve Specials. As a Starter: LOBSTER EGG ROLL: Filled with Lobster, Shredded Cabbage, Carrots and Pea Pods. Served with a Coconut-Mango Dipping Sauce.
BISTRO PLATES INCLUDE:
SWORDFISH ROCEFELLER: Pan Roasted and Topped with a Traditional Rockefeller Mix of Spinach, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Onion, Ouzo, Cream and Parmesan then Baked Until Bubbly. Presented Over Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes;
14 0Z. RIBEYE: Grilled to Your Liking and Accompanied with a Cognac Peppercorn Cream Sauce Topped with Portobello Fries and a Shard of Maytag Blue Cheese ;
MARYLAND CRAB CAKES: Two Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes Griddled Golden Brown, Roasted Asparagus and a Drizzle of Lobster-Tomato and Butter Sauce
and last, not Least,
CHOCOLATE SILK PIE: With Chambord Whipped Cream and Fresh Raspberries. YUM!!!
WE WISH YOU 365 MILLION DOLLAR DAYS!
AND, LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO…
Thank-you for Your Support. It is Truly Appreciated.
Mary, Sharon and the Entire Bistro Family.
Certified Executive Chef and Owner of Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro