Eateries in the spotlight

CHIPOTLE: First location moving into old Payless Shoes building

A Chipotle is taking the place of the old Payless Shoes at 21111 Eureka. Chipotle Mexican Grill was founded in 1993 in Denver. Creator Steve Ells was a line cook for Jeremiah Tower at Stars in San Francisco before he ventured out on his own, thanks to an $85,000 loan from his father. Over a quarter century, that $85,000 investment turned into 2,400 restaurants. This is the first Chipotle in Taylor; there are two in neighboring Allen Park.

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DEL TACO: Restaurant will anchor new Telegraph Road strip mall

A Del Taco restaurant will anchor a multi-tenant strip mall in an out lot located at 11400 Telegraph in Goddard Square (the Dunham’s out lot). The building will be 6,624 square feet to include a drive-thru window.


SALUTE BAR & TRATTORIA: Adding an Italian flavor to Goddard & Pardee

A problematic eyesore is receiving a new lease on life. The old “White Rhino” bar on the corner of Goddard Road and Pardee is being totally remodeled and will reopen as “Salute Bar & Trattoria.” A trattoria is an Italian-style eating establishment, less formal than a ristorante, but more formal than an osteria (which provides just wine and simple foods).

Often there are no printed menus, the service is casual, wine is sold by the decanter rather than the bottle, prices are low, and the emphasis is on a steady clientele rather. The food is modest but plentiful (mostly following regional and local recipes) and in some instances is even served family-style (i.e. at common tables). It is uncertain exactly how the Salute Bar & Trattoria will operate at this juncture.

The existing building will take on a totally new look. The main entrance along Goddard will be moved to the middle of the building, flanked by two canopied windows, with stone added and the brick repainted. Outdoor patio seating will added along with lighting, landscaping and signage. A brick paver area including benches will be created at the corner, and decorative fencing will be added, fitting in with the décor of the Downtown Development Authority guidelines (see Malek Al Kabob or the Midtown brownstones).

“This has the potential to be very, very nice,” Mayor Sollars said. “This is a good fit in that location, and compliments the corner very well.”

Bubba's 33 to locate in Burlington Square Center, across from Southland Center

Bubba’s 33. a new sports-themed family restaurant is set to open in Taylor, marking further expansion to the Eureka Road corridor known as “Eureka Way.” The new restaurant will locate in the Burlington Square Center, near Art Van Furniture and Men’s Warehouse.

Bubba’s 33 is a chain with the Taylor location marking only the second store in Michigan. The other is in Macomb County. The chain is named for founder Kent “Bubba” Taylor, with the 33 referencing the year prohibition ended in the United States. Taylor also is the CEO of Texas Roadhouse. The average Bubba’s 33 location is approximately 7,800 square feet and holds 321 guests.

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