Midtown (Goddard) Corridor

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

A problematic eyesore is receiving a new lease on life. The old “Rhino’s” 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.”

Downtown Development District Makes Progress

The city’s downtown development district has been making slow but steady progress. The district, which runs along the Goddard Road corridor from Telegraph to Allen Road, is a mix of commercial, residential and industrial properties. The area was zoned into the Midtown Taylor Office/Institutional District and the Midtown Taylor Mixed Use Commercial District.

The rebound in the economy has seen a spark of growth along Goddard. The popular German eatery and tavern, Bierkeller, has started a small rebirth on the corridor's east end near Allen, while the Goddard/Mortenview intersection has been uplifted by the JP McGuire's beautiful brick build out of 9,000 square feet that houses a tavern/eatery/banquet center at 21138 Goddard. Zeal Credit Union, Nanny's Nursery, and Paws Clinic are also popular stops at that intersection.

One of the busiest intersection in Taylor remains the Goddard/Pardee area, home to popular destination points like the Midtown Brownstones, Malek Al Kabob, CVS and Biggby Coffee. A newer 7.800-square-foot strip mall (housing Tan Bellissimo, among others) on the south side of Goddard at Pardee is connected by sidewalk to a neighboring strip mall at the corner of the intersection that houses Malek Al Kabob, which was named the best Mediterranean restaurant in the area by Click on Detroit/Live in the D.

Goddard remains a work in progress, blending residential areas with small businesses anchored by Midtown Brownstones, Taylor Recreation Center and Taylor Dance, and the Taylor City Hall complex (Goddard and Pine). Small anchors (Golden Ark 595 Masonic Lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Keck Real Estate, Total Community Credit Union, Voran Funeral Home and Shwedel Dental) continue to flourish in the district. Shwedel, in fact, hosts an annual "Dentistry from the Heart" event each September, during which it offers a full day of free dental appointments to anyone in need. Through its first seven years, it saw 840 patients and offered over $232,000 worth of free care.

The Taylor Exemplar Academy is located at 26727 Goddard, west of Holland.