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Chefdave
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Post Number: 53
Registered: 04-2004
Posted From: 68.62.22.149
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 11:09 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I know this was on a thread before but what is the history of the building. I ate there for the first time on saturday and admired the building.
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Viziondetroit
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Post Number: 508
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 65.42.23.2
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 11:12 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I love the atmosphere in Cheli's, I see a lot of people with laptops.. do they have free WIFI?

The burgers there are the bomb.. sorry I didn't answer your question.. just wanted to give kudos :-D

It is a nice looking building, very well constructed.. nice n sturdy on the inside.
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Ndavies
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Post Number: 1831
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 129.9.163.234
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 11:16 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's the womens exchange building.
We've discussed it a bazillion times.
https://www.atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/23585/25999.html

https://www.atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/36206/34687.html

https://www.atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/50492/50402.html

https://www.atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/11557/22174.html
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Bob
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Post Number: 1003
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Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 12:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bet Cheli's will do huge business this summer with the Tigers being much improved and having larger crowds. An since Cheli's is located a few feet from Comerica Park's GCP entrance.
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Supersport
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Post Number: 10102
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 64.118.137.226
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 12:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

NDavies,

So you mean to tell me that if you grew tired of your woman that you could simply take her to this place back in the day and trade her in? How did popularity ever drop off to the point that they closed?
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Rjlj
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Post Number: 46
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 63.171.81.135
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 12:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I wonder how many rumors and false claims were made in all those posts?
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Haydenth
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Post Number: 53
Registered: 05-2005
Posted From: 67.107.50.35
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 12:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I really enjoyed Cheli's Chili last time I was there, but it was a little on the pricey side I thought.
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Chris_rohn
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Post Number: 240
Registered: 04-2005
Posted From: 69.220.233.37
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 12:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

pulled pork sandwiches.

yum.
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Mackinaw
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Post Number: 1574
Registered: 02-2005
Posted From: 69.221.77.142
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 1:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Great adaptive re-use of a beautiful building by Cheli's. We need even more of this downtown.
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Patrick
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Post Number: 3420
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Posted From: 65.222.10.3
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 1:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

uh oh, Chefdave broke the rule that Ndavies made on here.
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Gambling_man
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Post Number: 741
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 199.178.193.5
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 1:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Chris, If you think Chelis pulled pork is good, you obviously haven't had Slows yet.....I'm hooked on that shit.
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E_hemingway
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Post Number: 676
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.42.176.123
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 1:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Gotta agree. Slows cue is the best.
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Gistok
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Post Number: 2144
Registered: 08-2004
Posted From: 4.229.105.205
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 2:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

After re-reading all the old threads about the Women's Exchange, it's funny how the discussion of this building always leads to food threadjacking! The Chick-Fil-A threadjacking on one thread, the burger threadjacking on another... and now pulled pork.... :-)

Getting back to the building... IIRC.... the Women's Exchange was the place in 1916 where Henry Ford's only child Edsel Ford met his future wife Eleanor Clay for the first time.

Because Mike Ilitch couldn't get the Women's Exchange building as part of the Comerica Park eminent domain process, he purposely ignored any requests from potential suitors for discussions about parking for that building. Except of course when Mr. Chelios came around... he couldn't ignore one of his own sports stars, and eventually got over that grudge over the "decorative sidewalk" issue... and the rest is history.

Now about that pulled pork at Slows.... is it better than Memphis Smoke House??

(Message edited by Gistok on May 23, 2006)
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Rjlj
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Post Number: 47
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Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 3:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I highly doubt Mike Illitch had any consideration of Chelios opening a restaurant downtown if and when he went for this building. I don't even think this particular restaurant was a consideration 6 years ago. I don't think Chelios even owns the building. Can anyone say with 100% certainty who owns the building?
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56packman
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Post Number: 311
Registered: 12-2005
Posted From: 65.185.132.134
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 4:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rjlj--according to this article, Cheli himself owns the building.

http://www.detnews.com/2005/bu siness/0507/15/D01-248661.htm
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Supersport
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Post Number: 10104
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Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 4:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not only does he own the building, he has a $1 million loft on the top floor and is seen quite frequently downstairs. I just missed him this past Sunday.
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Upinottawa
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Post Number: 385
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Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 5:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Threadjack alert: will Cheli be playing for the Wings next season?
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Hamtramck_steve
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Post Number: 2960
Registered: 10-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 5:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes.
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Upinottawa
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Post Number: 386
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Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 5:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks.

Okay, now back to pork....
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Aiw
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Post Number: 5556
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Posted From: 67.71.65.144
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 5:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I heard that the Chilli place is closing and a China Club is going to open in there.

Think how awesome this will be, a China Club across the sreet from the Post.
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Gistok
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Post Number: 2146
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Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 6:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Aiw, are you surea about that? The China Club interest in the place predates Chelios's interest. But they, like other couldn't get anyone from the Ilitch organization to return their phone calls over the parking situation (i.e. not enough of it).
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Rjlj
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Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 9:41 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I guess I missed the news that he bought it. I have seen him hanging out there on occasion also. $1 million loft on top of the Chili bar?
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Rsa
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Post Number: 858
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Posted From: 69.213.81.126
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 10:08 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

gistok is right. china club had interest in the place first. they eventually backed out 'cuz ilitches wouldn't give them the time of day for using the adjacent lot (for patio space, not parking). there was also a minor problem with size; they wanted more space. came to a tentative agreement to utilize some of the churches storefronts adjacent to the club, but that eventually fell thru as well...
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Dabirch
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Post Number: 1506
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Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 8:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

AIW was joking.

Man you people can be literal.
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Aiw
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Post Number: 5558
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Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 8:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah. It was a joke.
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Supersport
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Post Number: 10115
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Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 12:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What about the Hard Rock Cafe? "Another site" had it closing like 3 months ago, they said it was fact, 1 month after Super Bowl they were shutting down.
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Tayshaun22
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Post Number: 178
Registered: 02-2005
Posted From: 69.14.101.116
Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 1:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wasn't this you, Sport?


quote:

I've printed incorrect info in the past, some people have pointed out the mistakes. Yet when the local papers and tv stations can often fuck up the details on stories, it hardly has me concerned about misinformation. I guess the idea that some are reading somebody personal blog and expecting everything they read to be factual and dead nuts accurate is laughable at best.




http://sof8mile.blogspot.com/2 006/04/pistons-are-lookin-good .html
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Bob
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Post Number: 1008
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Posted From: 205.188.116.137
Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 3:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Last thing I heard was that Hard Rock was doing just fine in Downtown Detroit.
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Tayshaun22
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Post Number: 182
Registered: 02-2005
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Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 6:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Uh, Sport?

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