Mae’s diner under new ownership this week

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Mae’s, a popular 42-seat diner in Pleasant Ridge, will reopen under new ownership as soon as next week.

Owner Jessica Lundgren sold the breakfast, lunch, and brunch spot to Valter and Elda Xhomaqi, who have owned the longstanding Whistle Stop Restaurant and Bakery in Birmingham for three years (it’s been there for 50). The couple also owns the Double EE Restaurant in Ferndale.

Lundgren opened Mae’s at 24060 Woodward in 2010 with Sean McCarthy and it quickly gained a good reputation for its eggs Benedict variations, butter burgers and aebleskivers, a spherical Dutch pancake that is a family recipe of Lundgren’s. In 2014 Mae’s got a liquor license and began serving craft cocktails and brunch-appropriate drinks like mimosas with fresh-squeezed juice.

Elda Xhomaqi says they’re closed this week to do some remodeling. She says they’ll keep much of the menu the same, but they’ll add some items that are popular at the Whistle Stop, like the cinnamon roll French toast and fresh pies.

Xhomaqi says she hopes the new Mae’s reopens by the end of the week.

Lundgren took to Facebook Friday to say goodbye to customers.

“Mae’s has been such a wonderful home away from home for me and I trust the new owners from the Whistle Stop will do a fantastic job continuing to serve you,” she posted, adding that her recipes were sold along with the business.

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