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Southwestmap
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Post Number: 484
Registered: 01-2005
Posted From: 64.79.90.206
Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 2:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I learned today that the Epicurean Cafe in the Penobscot Building will close on June 23. This follows the closing of Cadillac Luggage earlier this Spring. Pretty sad. I heard that the new owners raised the lease considerably for the Epicurean. Supposedly, they don't care that the Hourdakis family is leaving because they have another leasee.

I say beware of that sort of thinking. A new owner took over Zoom in 211 West Fort right after the Super Bowl. He cheapened everything up and now, in just a few months, it appears that Zoom's business is down by more than half. You can roll a bowling ball in there at noon and not hit anyone, even on rainy days.
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Dabirch
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Post Number: 1530
Registered: 06-2004
Posted From: 208.44.117.10
Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 2:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cadillac Luggage closed...

A nearby place that sells good munchies closed...

Connection?
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Merchantgander
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Post Number: 1838
Registered: 01-2005
Posted From: 150.198.150.244
Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 2:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How are they supposed to carry their munchies around now that Cadillac Luggage is closed? See the connection now.
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Dabirch
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Post Number: 1531
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Posted From: 208.44.117.10
Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 2:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It was a hash bash reference.
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Danny
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Post Number: 4218
Registered: 02-2004
Posted From: 68.85.147.122
Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 2:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Screw those owners at the Penobscot buiulding. They problably raise the lease to lure in those rich business owners. It would not work. They have to accept the deal of any owners doesn't matter what it cost.
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Mbr
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Post Number: 65
Registered: 03-2005
Posted From: 152.160.42.163
Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 6:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I didn't think it was possible to make the food at the Zoom with less quality than with the previous owners.
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1953
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Post Number: 846
Registered: 12-2004
Posted From: 4.165.39.208
Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 10:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Will Epicurean operate elsewhere? My company uses them for catering quite a bit and we'd hate to lose them.
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Kathleen
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Post Number: 1347
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 69.14.122.57
Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 10:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That's really a shame. I worked in the Penobscot Building for 16 years and really enjoyed the Epicurean when they came into replace the Colonnade. The Epicurean had good food and always treated customers right and had friendly staff. I remember George well as he married Kathy who worked for our company. I wish them well!!
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Naturalsister
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Post Number: 691
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.30.193.129
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 12:47 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah, shame.

That joint was packed every time I went there. I work in the Financial District for about a year and thay was a mainstay.

Sad to see them go. Good food choices.

later - naturalsister
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Drm
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Post Number: 958
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 69.212.40.195
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 9:20 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I didn't think it was possible to make the food at the Zoom with less quality than with the previous owners.
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The_rock
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Post Number: 1295
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 68.42.251.225
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 2:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kathleen brings back memories when she mentions the Colonnade in the "lower level" of the Penobscot Building. That place was always packed at lunchtime. Good food, Good price, Good selection, friendly people, etc.
Then there was Greenfield's-- up the street, cross Michigan Ave, on Griswold, next to Griswold Sporting Goods. THE BEST.
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Danny
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Post Number: 4229
Registered: 02-2004
Posted From: 141.217.173.154
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 11:24 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The owners of the Epicurean Cafe can move to one of the Kresge Building along Woodward Ave say aroung the corner of State.
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The_rock
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Post Number: 1301
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 68.42.251.225
Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2006 - 8:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There used to be a fairly nice restaurant in the basement of the First Federal Building ( NW corner of Michigan and Woodward). I can't recall what it was called, and although it was not as nice as the Colonnade, it served its purpose. Is it still around?
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Downtown_dave
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Post Number: 72
Registered: 07-2005
Posted From: 63.77.247.130
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2006 - 2:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rock, That too was a Colonnade Cafeteria operation until another operator attempted to keep it going as a smaller menu venue called the Paradise Cafe. All the a la carte places are disappearing in the CBD...
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The_rock
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Post Number: 1304
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 68.42.251.225
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2006 - 2:23 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks downtown, it's all coming back now!!! There was a time back in the late 60's when you could even walk over to Cobo Hall and they had one of their ballrooms which overlooked the river opened as a public restaurant. Very medicore food, but a great view! And if you wanted "no view" the old Veteran's Building had a basement cafeteria.
But back then, there were many "building restaurants" to choose from. Even our Guardian Building had a basement restaurant.

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