Detroit’s Finest Coney could open by spring

Renovations proceed at old Harbor Master location

By: Kristyne E. Demske | Southfield Sun | Published February 13, 2013

A new restaurant will bring a new look to Jefferson Avenue this spring.

The owner of Detroit’s Finest Coney Island, who bought the building formerly filled by Harbor Master Restaurant, was in front of City Council Feb. 4 looking for approval for the site plan of the new eatery.

In October, David Miller and his partner, Paul Nahra, sold the restaurant, which had been open for 22 years, to Joe Marjakaj, who owns other Coney Island-style restaurants in metro Detroit.

The project’s architect, Erik Heiderer, of Polyarch Inc. in Clinton Township, told City Council that they plan to reface the exterior with new brick and stone and will also create a lighthouse structure on the side of the building to complement the nautical theme in that area of the city.

He said the interior of the restaurant is also being completely overhauled with new booths, new bathrooms, carpet and tile — “the whole thing.”

A 40-square-foot vestibule will be added to the north side of the building, along with new brick and stone on the front façade and more windows on the north elevation of the building to update its look.

The restaurant will serve family-style food seen in typical Coney Island restaurants, Heiderer said, while having a mid- to upscale style to its décor.

“We already have our permit for the interior renovations (which) has been started,” he said. “As soon as the weather breaks … we’ll start with the exterior.”

Heiderer told council they hope to open the restaurant in April or May, “if not hopefully sooner.”

The motion approving the building’s site plan passed unanimously.

“We’re excited about it,” said Mayor Kip Walby. “It’s going to look very nice. Thank you for doing business in St. Clair Shores.”