Hogan’s restaurant in Bloomfield Hills to close

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

After more than 40 years of business, Bloomfield Hills restaurant Hogan’s will close at the end of the month.

“We’re the old dogs on the block, the building has been like (this) for 45-50 years,” says owner Rick Bochenek, whose father, Richard Bochenek, opened the golf-themed restaurant in 1975. He says he’s selling the building, at 6450 Telegraph Road, and it will be torn down.

“The property needs a new identity,” he says. “Things have changed ... there are new restaurants that are really trendy, so there’s more competition.”

The restaurant, about half a mile from the Oakland Hills Country Club, is named after American golfer Ben Hogan. Before becoming Hogan’s it was a Howard Johnson, also owned by Bochenek’s father.

The massive menu offers a lot of hearty American fare like wings, dips, pasta, steaks and barbecue. One popular menu item is the roasted garlic bulbs appetizer with Gorgonzola cheese.

Besides the changing restaurant scene, Bochenek says he’s selling Hogan’s because “the money was right.”

“The building is older, and it was just time.”

“There’s a lot of emotions,” he adds. “A lot of people have been here a really long time. We’ve been here a really long time. It’s been a hard thing to do.”