Cheers: Gracie See Pizzeria in Detroit to close after 47 years of business
Generations of pizza-lovers who have dined at Detroit’s Gracie See Pizzeria over the past five decades have a few more weeks to visit the longstanding restaurant before it closes permanently.
The pizzeria on Greenfield just south of Warren will close its doors Jan. 31.
“We’ve been here 47 years,” says Tom Costello, who adds that Gracie See’s customers are “very upset.”
“We’re part of history in their lives and we’ve raised three to four generations of families.”
Costello’s sister, Grace Costello Puleo, was running the restaurant, and she’s decided to retire. Costello is too busy running a second restaurant to take over. He oversees Gracie See Pastaria at 26734 Michigan in Inkster.
Their parents opened Gracie See’s on Greenfield in 1969. Costello said his dad, Sam Costello, named the restaurant after his sister. The original plan was for it to be a doctor’s office, but after Sam got a good deal on some restaurant equipment, he changed his mind.
Costello says the news of the Detroit restaurant’s closing has spawned an influx of business.
“Right now we’re busier than any time since the 1980s,” he says, adding that regulars have been flooding in to say goodbye. “We had people come in from Alaska today. They came to see family during the holidays, and they heard we were closing. We’re hearing stories like this ... it’s touching.”
Besides the pizza, one of the most popular dishes at both locations is the Godfather, a spaghetti dish with meatballs, Italian sausage, mushrooms and melted mozzarella cheese. There also are subs, calzones, burgers and many halal offerings.
In addition to the many original recipes, one other important thing will be found at the Inkster location: mom. Rose Costello, the 92-year-old mother of Tom and Grace, helps out a few days a week at Gracie See’s in Detroit, and will work at the Inkster Gracie See after the Detroit restaurant closes.
“She says she’s too young to retire,” says Costello.
The Gracie See’s building on Greenfield has been sold, but Costello says it’s unclear what the new owners will do with it.
Whiskey Six now open
The newest bar in the Village of Grosse Pointe, the Whiskey Six opened two weeks ago, offering more than 200 locally-made beers and spirits.
The food menu has hints of booze, too. Look for bourbon prawns marinated in Bell’s Oberon, and bourbon-braised beef pot roast sliders. The spacious restaurant also serves Piedmontese burgers, pizza and the expected meat and seafood entrees.
Set with a polished, old-timey feel, the restaurant’s name refers to the six cylinders of the large cars that bootleggers used to transport contraband during prohibition, like the ’28 Studebaker on display at the bar.
New lunch menu for Bonnie’s in Detroit
With cute decor, arcade games and board games, and a variety of price points, Bobcat Bonnie’s has become a Corktown favorite since opening this summer.
Recently the hip hangout revamped its menu to offer more for lunch, including a $9 combo that lets you pair half a sandwich with a half salad or cup of soup.
The new menu had three kinds of rice bowls — teriyaki, spicy barbeque and “coastal.” Some of their best dishes are also available at lunch, including Captain Crunch chicken fingers and fried goat cheese.
Bonnie’s, 1800 Michigan in Detroit, is continuing its Monday burger special. Choose one of their gourmet burgers and get house-cut French fries and a pint of beer for $10.
Food & beverage events
Brewery Bus Tour with Motor City Brew Tour: The first bus tour of the year, this trip visits Dark Horse Brewery in Marshall, Territorial Brewing Co. in Battle Creek and Grand River Brewery in Jackson. Tickets include transportation, brewery tours, beer samples, lunch and snacks. 8:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Jan. 9. $75. Pick up at Sixth and Lafayette in Royal Oak or at the M-14/Miller Road Exit Park & Ride in Ann Arbor. motorcitybrewtours.com.
The Whiskey Rebellion at the Keep: Bartenders from Roast, the Oakland, Standby and Selden Standard will showcase their favorite original whiskey-based cocktails. The event includes some food from Standby and live music from Shine on Kentucky Moon. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Jan. 17. $10. 140 Cadillac Square, Detroit. (313) 974-5213.
Vodka Vodka 2016 at Royal Oak Music Theatre: Sample more than 60 vodkas at this popular winter event that also has entertainment, DJs, a fashion show and food. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23. $45-$65. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.
Italian Wine Dinner at Mabel Gray: Chef James Rigato invites restauranteur Luciano Del Signore (Bacco, Bigalora) to join him in creating a six-course Italian feast, paired with wines by sommelier Rachel Van Til. 6 p.m. Jan. 31. $115 plus tax and tip. 23825 John R, Hazel Park. (248) 398-4300.
North American Belgian Beer Festival at Ashley’s Westland: This is the largest beer festival in the United States that features exclusively Belgian beers. Feb. 11-21. $35 and up. 7525 N. Wayne, Westland. (734) 525-1667.
Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ball Park: More than 100 Michigan breweries will be represented at this annual celebration of our state’s craft beer industry. The festival is expected to sell out. 3-7 p.m. Feb. 26 and 1-6 p.m. Feb. 27. $45-$50. A transportation package is available through motorcitybrewtours.com. 4500 West River Dr. NE, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids. mibeer.com.