And, another fine week it has been! The first day of autumn is Wednesday and in anticipation of its arrival has come perfect fall weather. I could live with this year round. Except for the falling leaves…my yard is already full and there are lots more to rain down. The pups are thrilled to have it cooler for their walks, we are able to go further, and the big guy, Ziezo is digging it too. He is feisty and ready to rock and roll. We’re at the Region 2 Finals now and have our “big” (championship) ride tomorrow. He is a wonderful teacher for sure. It is my first competition like this, he is a veteran. He is pumped. What pleasure I get from my furry friends.
Our 24th anniversary of opening in the Novi Town Center, 9-23-1991 to be exact is Wednesday. But, it isn’t only 24 years in Novi; it is 60 years in Detroit. I am a lucky girl to be the matriarch of such a cool Bistro. My father-in-law, Jim Brady was a true visionary in this industry. We are in business 60 years later because of his, and subsequently Tom’s and now mine and my co-worker’s, philosophies. Jim had his “rules” for running a restaurant and they are as formidable now as then. They are simple but need to be followed to the T. His first and foremost goal, what would be a mission statement today, was to “make my customers want to come back.” And come back they do, many still telling us stories about 7 Mile. Our aspiration is to make our guests feel welcome from the moment they walk in until the minute they leave. Our Bistro is like a Cheers on steroids. We see many people every week, some multiple times. Sometimes even more than once in a day. His next edict was “to procure the finest of food and beverages” and provide them at a fair value. There have never been coupons because our menu prices are where they should be – good for you, good for us. Variety and creativity are imperative and Sharon certainly stays on top of that. His third position was to hire “the cream of the crop.” Sharon and I can’t say enough about those who work along side us knowing that their objectives are the same as ours, the same as Jim’s and Tom’s -- to make you glad you came and wanting to come back soon.
Speaking of the finest of food and beverages there’s some great Chalkboard Features beginning tonight. Beef Burgundy, Chock Full of Slow Braised chunks of Short Rib, Onions and Root Vegetables served over Buttermilk Mashers; Shrimp and Grits: Gulf Shrimp, Andouille Sausage, Bell Pepper and Onion in a Cajun Sauce Presented with Cheddar-Jalapeno Grits and, Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna over Udon Noodles Tossed in a Thai Curry Sauce with Roasted Peanuts, Water Chestnuts and Shiitake Mushrooms. YUM!
AS ALWAYS WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO!!
And, Go Out and Make Everyday a Million Dollar One!
Certified Executive Chef and Owner of Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro