Sunday, July 19, 2009

July Supper Club at Bookies Bar & Grille

Time for a press release!


Bookies Tavern was a staple sports bar and a local favorite located on Washington Blvd. for several years, but when Bookies reopened to a larger location at 2208 Cass Ave. (at Columbia) earlier this year, they made it clear that they were now ready for the big leagues. Supper Club will be heading to their spacious rooftop patio on Wednesday, July 29th, beginning with a cocktail hour at 6:00PM and a full four-course dinner at 7:00PM.

Co-owner John Lambrecht is a steadfast supporter and promoter of Detroit, and feels very passionate about his (and his bar’s) continued involvement with the city.

“We could see the writings on the wall with the old location,” says Lambrecht, in reference to the closing of the Book Building, which forced the bar’s move. “We knew we wanted to keep the bar in the city and stay involved with this community, but we also wanted to redefine what Bookies was all about.”

And redefine they did. Not only is Bookies now a top-notch three-floor bar and lounge with a private VIP area (and a 16-foot projection television with a dozen high-def plasma TVs throughout the bar’s many floors, so sports fans can still get their fill), but in what is probably their greatest improvement from the old location, they now serve food. Great food, by 19-year restaurant veteran John Rodemich IV, who has served as Executive Chef at Chuck Muer, 5ive in Plymouth, and most recently came from Michael Symon’s Roast. Here at Bookies, Rodemich offers classic bar food with a gourmet twist, perfectly suited to Bookies’ new upscale feel.

For Supper Club, diners will experience a broad range of Bookies’ best offerings:

• Appetizers (Served Family-Style):
Cajun Beef Tips—5 oz. of Tender Beef Tips sauteed to order, tossed with a Cajun Cream Sauce & Tabasco Onion Frizzles.

Apple BBQ Shrimp—Fresh Shrimp battered in a house-made batter with Apple BBQ Sauce

• 2nd Course (Choice):
Michigan Vineyard Salad with Dried Cherries, Red Onions, Bleu Cheese, Toasted Nuts & Raspberry Vinaigrette

Gazpacho—Homemade Chilled Vegetable Soup, filled with Fresh-Chopped Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Celery, Onions & Cilantro.

• 3rd Course (Choice):
Grilled Atlantic Salmon finished with a Soy Honey Ginger Glaze. Served with Rice Pilaf & Roasted Vegetables

Walnut Encrusted Chicken with Mango Brown Butter. Served with Mango Salsa, Rice Pilaf & Roasted Vegetables.

• 4th Course:
Fantastic French Toast—Cinnamon Swirl style French Toast topped with Vanilla Ice Cream & Caramel Maple Syrup. Finished with Powdered Sugar.

If you haven’t yet done so, it’s time for you to rediscover Bookies. While still a sport fan favorite, it is also a welcome new addition to Detroit’s growing culinary scene, and worth being viewed as so much more than just a sports bar.

Tickets are $30.00 in advance at the DSG store,, and include tax and gratuity. There will also be an optional two-glass wine or beer flight available for an additional $10.00. Tickets to this event are available by online purchase only, and all purchases must be made by Tuesday, July 28th. No walk-ins, please. Tickets are first-come, first-served.

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