UPDATED: Berkley Bistro & Cafe Closure Is Permanent
"We're kind of in a no-man's land right now," City Planner Amy Vansen said of the Coolidge Highway property.
Berkley Bistro & Cafe has closed for good, City Planner Amy Vansen confirmed Tuesday.
The restaurant on Coolidge Highway shut its doors abruptly before the holidays.
"It was very sudden, and they just put a sign on the window," Berkley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Melrose said in an email to Berkley Patch.
Coolidge Investments, a Sterling Heights-based business entity listed as the BBC's owner, did not inform the Building Department that the restaurant would be closing and did not provide any contact information, Vansen said.
A call to the restaurant's number went unanswered, and no number was available for Coolidge Investments.
Eagle-eyed reader Jeff Meade, however, noted on Berkley Patch's Facebook page that an ad listing the restaurant for sale at the price of $150,000 has been posted on craigslist.com.
The BBC was known for its breakfast menu, which featured dishes such as Berkley's Breakfast Pie, several versions of the classic eggs Benedict and Baja Rancheros, plus bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys, which were popular on the weekends. The restaurant also served lunch and dinner and had drink and wine lists. Its outdoor patio often was packed during the summer months.
Jonce Ilievski, who owns Ellie's Euro-American Grill next door, said the BBC's business had slowed, forcing its owner to close for financial reasons.
Vansen said it's possible the vacant property will be in limbo for a while.
A redemption period is common for tenants of business properties such as BBC: If the owner takes the proper steps, he or she may be able to keep the property, Vansen said. If the owner does not intend to do so, neither the owner nor the bank is likely to identify itself as the responsible party during that time, Vansen said.
"We're kind of in a no-man's land right now," she said.