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1701
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Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 4:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Does anyone remember the name of the up-scale restaurant that was located in a beautiful old mansion somewhere in the sliver of land located between Larned and Jefferson bounded by Chene and McDougall? It was near the old Parke Davis complex (now the Stroh's River Place). I seem to recall that an old Motown artist, either Diana Ross or Aretha Franklin purchased it about 25 years ago but the project didn't pan out and the structure was raised. Can anybody remember the name?
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Crew
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Post Number: 1240
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Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 4:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Chene House, the restaurant was Little Harry's

Anita Baker's husband had it town down to make way for the IHOP.

(Message edited by Crew on May 02, 2007)
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Ray1936
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Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 4:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That response took 16 minutes. Getting a little slow on this forum, gang. :-) :-) :-)
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Jams
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Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 4:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Anita Baker and her husband had Little Harry's razed starting at 1am on a Sunday after having the injunction lifted late on a Friday afternoon.

Enjoy your pancakes at IHOP.
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The_rock
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Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 4:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

While you are still picking your memory, name the restaurant that used to be just to the West of Little Harry's many moons ago. I think it was on the corner and there may be a bank there now. Good restaurant, good food. Not as fancy as Little Harry's, but pretty close.
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Crew
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Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 4:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm not that old :-)
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Fury13
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Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 5:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've said this before, and I'll say it again: I will never, ever buy an Anita Baker record or attend an Anita Baker show because of what she and her husband did. Lifetime boycott.
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Patrick
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Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 5:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

anyone have a picture of it?
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Jimg
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Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 5:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Fury13, I feel the same way and heartily applaud your efforts...but I somehow can't see you going to an Anita Baker concert, or owning her recordings, under any circumstances...
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1701
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Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 7:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow!!! You guys are good. That's it. Little Harry's and Anita Baker. Thank you all, this was driving my wife and I nuts because we couldn't remember!
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Gargoyle
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Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 8:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ditto, Fury13. May her fortunes end up just like the Chene house.
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Harsensis
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Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 9:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a postcard of it when it was a house. I will see if I put it in my album.
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Bulletmagnet
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Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 9:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There is now a 'Baker Lane' in Grosse Pointe Farms, named for Anita.It is off Lake Shore Drive south of Moross.
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The_rock
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Posted on Thursday, May 03, 2007 - 11:26 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

As I recall, there was actually a Court Order issued out of WCCC supposedly blocking the demolition of the place pending furthur court proceedings. It had been nailed to the front door or gate of the restaurant, but down she went anyway. So much for the Court Order.
By the way, the restaurant west of Little Harry's was Red Kemps. It went down well before Little Harry's met the wrecker's ball.
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Eric_w
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Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 5:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I never wanted to see or Baker before that happened-SHE SUCKS!!!!
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Urbanize
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Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2007 - 5:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well, so much for supporting famous Detroiters. AB doesn't even own the place anymore, so give her a break and hack at the person running it now. Wasn't Harry's closed anyway?
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Gargoyle
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Posted on Sunday, May 06, 2007 - 2:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The hacking of Ms. Baker is not about the current condition of the IHOP restaurant. It is about her lies and deceit regarding the Chene house.

Ms. Baker promised to rehab the building, turning it into a recording studio, I think. Please correct me if I'm wrong. It's been a while.

Instead, she had it razed in violation of a court order, and when confronted about it, defended her actions because Little Harry's had denied African-Americans service. As if the very building itself was somehow racist and must be destroyed.

Some people feel that justice would have been better served had she lived up to her promises and created a vibrant black-owned business in a beautiful, historic building. Instead, we have the IHOP. What a wonderful statement it makes.
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Jams
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Posted on Sunday, May 06, 2007 - 3:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Actually she did not violate the injunction, it was lifted around 3 or 4pm on a Friday afternoon, too late to be reinstated.

Demolition commenced around 1am Sunday morning on the Larned side (back of the building) and too much damage was done to the building before court opened on Monday to be able to restore the injunction.

I still vividly remember the shock I felt as I was driving down Larned that morning about 8am.
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Jams
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Posted on Sunday, May 06, 2007 - 3:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The really irritating thing to me was most of the rest of that block toward McDougal was and remained vacant until just a few years ago.

Count me in as a lifelong boycotter
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Gargoyle
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Posted on Sunday, May 06, 2007 - 9:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the correction, Jams.
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Urbanize
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Posted on Sunday, May 06, 2007 - 9:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Some people feel that justice would have been better served had she lived up to her promises and created a vibrant black-owned business in a beautiful, historic building. Instead, we have the IHOP. What a wonderful statement it makes."

I would of prefered the black-owned business myself, but the city's first and only IHOP isn't really all that bad either.

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