Thursday, January 24, 2013
"I feel like a washed-up prize fighter with another shot at the title,” says Gary Brunner, who relishes making gourmet hot dogs at the Coolidge Highway eatery and used to own Café 317 in Royal Oak.
Over the years, a storefront on Washington in Royal Oak – between the railroad tracks and Fourth Street – has been home to a string of diners and cafes—Cassia's, Café 317, Café Calypso, Café Muse, and What Crepe? “That place has been handed down, handed down, handed down – since the 1920s,” said Gary Brunner, 43. “You used to be able to buy train tickets and step out the back door. The slab to get on the train is still right there.” Brunner would know. He owned and operated Café 317 from 1997 to 2003. Growing up in Highland Park, Brunner learned how to cook from his grandmother and mother. “I was getting into trouble, so it was always, ‘You stay in the kitchen and help out with dinner.’ So, I learned how to cook – a lot,” Brunner said …
Friday, July 13, 2012
The Berkley restaurant serves up a chicken turkey mole sausage, topped with homemade guacamole and chipotle mayonnaise, all packed in a bun; is it your favorite meal at the restaurant or do you prefer another? Take our poll!
Yours Truly stopped by Atomic Dawg in Berkley for lunch Friday and tried out "Today's Special," which consisted of homemade guacamole and chipotle mayonaise on top of a chicken turkey mole sausage, all packed in a bun. The special was served hot off the grill at my table in the retro dining room after a short wait and tasted like nothing I've had before (although, it might be tasty to have the bun grilled). The gauc was piled on generously and the sausage was well-spiced. Chef Gary Brunner said he used sausage from the Corridor Sausage Co. of Detroit, which doesn't use preservatives. I paired the "Today's Special" with a Vernor's ginger ale and slips, the restaurant's thinly sliced, light-as-air, freshly made potato crisps. They reminded …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Berkley's newest eatery is open for business this week and the response is keeping these first-time restaurant owners busy with orders.
Berkley’s new hot dog joint Atomic Dawg is in full swing this week after locals packed the house when it opened for a sneak peek during the Berkley Art Bash on Saturday. Owner Joel Bacow and his team of friends and staff had their hands full serving nearly 300 people in around three hours Saturday — all gratis. Bacow said it was an “overwhelming” response and as first-time restaurant owners, they couldn’t even anticipate such a welcoming first day. “We’ve never done this before,” he said Saturday, serving hundreds of free hot dogs as people checked out the two-floor remodeled house. Tom Court of Grosse Pointe brought his grandchildren, 9-year-old Gracie and 5-year-old Ethan Zimmer, to get a taste of the gourmet “dawgs” and slips (as …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Berkley's new hot dog joint will open in time for the Berkley Art Bash on Saturday, serving food for free.
To get in on the action of the 11th annual Berkley Art Bash on Saturday, the new Atomic Dawg restaurant is opening its doors for locals to get a sneak peek inside. From noon to 6 p.m., stop by and check out Atomic Dawg, located in the old but renovated house at 2705 Coolidge Hwy., for a free lunch. It will be giving away free hot dogs and meeting members of the community. On Tuesday, the restaurant will have its official grand opening.