Como’s Restaurant listed for sale at $4 million

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published January 9, 2018

 After multiple instances of health code violations, Como’s Restaurant in Ferndale is on the market and currently listed at a price of $4 million.

After multiple instances of health code violations, Como’s Restaurant in Ferndale is on the market and currently listed at a price of $4 million.

Photo by Mike Koury

FERNDALE — A prime downtown location and longtime staple of Ferndale went on the market after Como’s Restaurant decided to close its doors.

Open since 1961, Como’s was forced to shut down in September after it was hit with another round of health code violations from the Oakland County Health Division.

After the doors closed Sept. 20, manager George Grego said at the time they would schedule a follow-up inspection after hiring a full-time sanitarian specialist to make sure the restaurant would stay within code.

According to Health Division Administrator Tony Drautz, that call never came and the county has not heard from the owners since an initial conversation after the Sept. 20 hearing that closed Como’s.

“We haven’t heard anything,” he said. “It’s been months, actually. It just kind of ended. After that, I guess they had to make some decisions and see what they wanted to do. It sounds like they went in the direction of potentially selling the property. That’s all I know. They haven’t contacted us since then.”

A property listing for the 22812 Woodward Ave. address recently appeared online, with a sale price of $4 million for the nearly 8,000-square-foot building.

Another website, for Michigan Restaurant Liquidations & Auctions, has an auction of equipment from the restaurant that will end at 8 p.m. Jan. 11.

Mayor Dave Coulter said the closure of Como’s is, in many ways, the end of an era.

“Como’s has been an important part of our community for decades, and I was sad to hear the news of their closing,” he said. “It’s also a really critical piece of real estate in Ferndale. So, obviously, we’re very interested in what might come next on that iconic corner.”

Coulter said that because the building is a private property, the city can’t dictate what happens to the space, but that the Community and Economic Development Department is working with the owners to try and make sure the city gets the next best business possible.

He also said as he personally looks at the space, Ferndale’s master plan would suggest that some sort of mixed-use development would be the most appropriate at the Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue corner.

“Certainly a restaurant, either part of that or alone, would be an attractive feature,” Coulter said.

“I’m not opposed to another restaurant being in that space. I know we have a number of great restaurants already, but especially recently, we’ve seen that if you have a … unique and appealing concept, you can do really well.”