Como’s location finds new ownership, will keep old name

Restaurant to aim for 2019 reopening

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published June 12, 2018

 Como’s Restaurant has found new owners in the form of Peas & Carrots Hospitality. The new owners hope to reopen the business in 2019.

Como’s Restaurant has found new owners in the form of Peas & Carrots Hospitality. The new owners hope to reopen the business in 2019.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

FERNDALE — After months of sitting vacant at the corner of Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, Como’s Restaurant finally has found new owners.

Announced in a press release June 6, the owners of Peas & Carrots Hospitality — Chef Zack Sklar, Jim Bellinson and Josh Humphrey — will take over the Ferndale location at 22812 Woodward Ave. that was in operation for more than 60 years.

The restaurant has been closed since September of 2017 after it was shut down by the Oakland County Health and Human Services Department due to health code violations.

According to the release, Peas & Carrots Hospitality plans on keeping the Como’s name in order to pay homage to the eatery.

“Ferndale is socially liberal, inviting, and aligns with our company’s mission of acting as a melting pot for an eclectic group of people,” Sklar said in a statement. “We love that Ferndale wants to remain Ferndale and values those family-owned style restaurants. Even as we have grown, we’ve managed to retain that sense of belonging, and we know that Peas & Carrots Hospitality is a great fit for the Ferndale neighborhood.”

The statement also says that “the cuisine will remain Italian, and the menu will be pizza-centered with a generous offering of beers on tap.”

Peas & Carrots also owns Social Kitchen & Bar, Mex, Beau’s Grillery, and Bernie’s Lunch & Supper in Chicago. According to an email from Marketing Coordinator Rebecca Hardner, Como’s plans to reopen in spring 2019.

Como’s previously was listed for sale in January at the price of $4 million. It’s unknown how much the site was sold for.

Ferndale Community and Economic Development Director Jordan Twardy said the sale has been in the works since the restaurant was closed. 

Though the city had nothing to do with the sale itself, he said that the city and the previous owner, George Grego, did work together and the city helped potential buyers navigate questions, such as all the different zoning implications and what’s possible on the property.

“The owner, though, he was getting … calls left and right as well. He did a pretty good job of getting himself out there and trying to find a partner,” he said. “Essentially, it’s been in the works really since it closed. It’s a prime corner in Ferndale. It wasn’t going to stay vacant for long. It just is a matter of finding the right dance partner, and I think they’ve done that now.”

Twardy said the city is excited to have this prime location come back to life.

“We’re very excited to see the pilot light go back on in there,” he said. “That building was in need of a refresh. I can’t share any details at this point, but I can say it looks like they’re about to put a substantial investment into the exterior of that building, and it’s going to look great. We’re very excited about that.”