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Former Sweet Lorraine’s building sold in Southfield

The building that for decades housed the flagship Sweet Lorraine’s Cafe & Bar on Greenfield Road in Southfield has been sold, according to Crain’s Detroit Business.

The distinctive building at 29101 Greenfield, along the border of Southfield and Berkley, has been bought by Abro Plaza Southfield LLC., Crain’s reported. The company also purchased a shopping center next door with a Dollar Tree, hair salon and Detroit Kid City party service as tenants.

Abro Plaza does not yet have plans for the restaurant building other than updating its exterior, Darryl Goodwin, the listing agent, told Crain’s.

Chef Lorraine Platman and her husband/business partner Gary Sussman closed the restaurant in June 2017.  Platman cited health issues in her decision to close the popular eatery, opened in 1984.

Platman opened the first Sweet Lorraine’s Cafe and Bar in a small Madison Heights space in 1982 and the art-filled, two-story Southfield location followed two years later. An Ann Arbor location debuted in 1993 before it moved to the Livonia Marriott Laurel Park Place, where it continues to operate. The original Madison Heights location closed in 2003, leaving the restaurant on Greenfield Road just north of 12 Mile as the flagship.

At the time of the closing, Sussman told the Free Press the Southfield location took up most of Platman’s time and attention, taking a physical toll over the years.

“It’s a big restaurant to operate and it doesn’t get any smaller,” he said. “She can’t be quite as hands-on. She really loves cooking, but she can’t do as much cooking.”


Posted By: Detroit Free Press on January 30, 2019.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

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