New restaurants slated to fill shells of past diners

Rusty Bucket, Roadside B&G coming to town

By: Chris Jackett | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 5, 2011

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Local families will soon have two new dining options on their plates.

Roadside B&G Restaurant, 1727 Telegraph, at Crestview, and Rusty Bucket Corner Tavern, 42874 Woodward Ave., at Square Lake, should be serving customers within the next several months. Each was the subject of separate discussions during recent Board of Trustees meetings.

Bill Roberts, who owns Roadside B&G Restaurant along with Beverly Hills Grill in Beverly Hills and Streetside Seafood in Birmingham, is excited about opening a new restaurant south of Orchard Lake in the township he lives in. It will occupy the former Brandy’s venue.

“I’ve talked about it for many years to open a restaurant in this area,” Roberts said at the Sept. 26 board meeting. “With the open windows and outdoor dining, we think it can be a real busy location.”

Roadside B&G will undergo a handful of changes to bring it up to code and make it more appealing to customers.

A new 104-square-foot bathroom is being put in, and the exterior décor will feature orange neon glow lighting along the top of the roof’s green canopy. Pre-1960s vintage metal cars will also be placed under the restaurant’s signage.

“The real bones of the building are intact,” Roman Bonislawski, an architect with Birmingham-based Ron & Roman Architects, said at the meeting. “It will appear very fresh. It will be very inviting.”

A newly relined parking lot will have 71 spots to improve traffic flow, and an enclosed grease drop will be a healthier alternative to the previous one that sat out near the rear Dumpster.

An L-shaped patio will wrap around the Telegraph and Crestview sides of the restaurant and provide seating for up to 46 people. With large boulders between the patio and Telegraph, the edge will be 35 feet from Telegraph.

“The boulders are not to encroach on that 24-foot egress deck,” said Planning and Building Director Patti Voelker, meaning the boulders would be placed within a 15-foot space between the patio and the property line.

The board had approved the Rusty Bucket final site plan and special land use request for hours of operation May 23, but the restaurant came back to the board Aug. 22 to seek a transfer of a liquor license from the Bennigan’s that had previously used the newly transformed venue.

As just the third Rusty Bucket in Michigan — the other two are in West Bloomfield and Northville — the new Bloomfield Township location will seat 205 people inside and 76 more outdoors.

“They want to stay away from the sports bar kind of feel and stay more as a family restaurant,” Bloomfield Township Police Capt. Steve Cook told the board during his background report on the company.

The board unanimously approved the transfer of the liquor license for Rusty Bucket and welcomed the respective family restaurants to the township following their presentations.