The entrance to the Maple Theater will be more clearly distinguished from the restaurant after planned renovations are completed this spring.

The entrance to the Maple Theater will be more clearly distinguished from the restaurant after planned renovations are completed this spring.

Image taken from Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees agenda packet

Board approves renovation plan for Maple Theater

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published March 12, 2019


BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved plans to renovate the Maple Theater late last month, along with an amendment to the theater’s liquor license agreement to reflect those changes.

Jon Goldstein, co-owner of Cloud Nine Theater Partners with his wife, Lauren Goldstein, was at the board’s regular meeting Feb. 25 when the renovation plans came up for discussion. Bloomfield Township Planning, Building and Ordinance Department Director Patricia Voelker presented the proposal to the trustees.

“They’d like to incorporate a four-seasons building addition in the front, adjacent to the parking lot along Maple Road,” she explained about the 411-square-foot addition. “They want a more efficient use of the floor plan and layout for service.”

In the works for the space is a redo for the on-site kitchen, which will be designed for a new partnership with chef Nishan Andonian, of JVS Culinary Group. Andonian has had past stints at Social Kitchen and Bar and Bistro Joe’s. He’ll design the new menu for the café, according to Goldstein.

“I think the real difference people will notice is we have a really good chef who’s coming to utilize the space for multiple purposes,” Goldstein said. “He is a very talented professional. While I think the bar my wife and I set was good for the kitchen, this will be raising it significantly.”

The plan, according to documents that Goldstein submitted to the board, is to offset the food and labor costs associated with running a restaurant by allowing Andonian, currently working as a private chef and caterer, access to the kitchen for his clientele’s needs when the restaurant — to be called Café Nishan — is not in operation.

“During the slow times, the labor in the kitchen can be utilized for Nishan’s private clients. When Nishan is typically slow (weekends), The Maple is busy. This optimizes the labor for both parties,” states a document submitted by Highline Investments.

As for the seating area, the front of the dining space will consist of doorwalls that can be completely opened to the elements in favorable weather and an entrance distinguishing the dining space from the theater lobby. The reconfiguration will eliminate 14 seasonal outdoor seats and reduce interior seating capacity by two, totaling 50 seats.

In January, the Design Review Board reviewed and approved the aesthetics for the exterior facade improvements involved in the renovation, including black aluminum framing with a vinyl, fade-resistant canopy, enclosed by black metal fencing and an acrylic glazing material.

The interior will be designed by Roman Bonislawski, of Ron and Roman, who told the Planning Commission last month that the four-seasons room addition would be similar to the outdoor patio space at Café ML, located on Maple, at Lahser Road.

Signage, however, has not been submitted as of yet and would need to be reviewed and approved by the board at a later date, according to Voelker.

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. shop on-site will be closed, though the brand will still be served on the new café menu.

Goldstein told the board he intends to begin construction in about a month, with plans to be done by Memorial Day.