Bloom! Blooms and more
Steve Poole laughs a little sheepishly about how long it has taken to open his seven-table B-Line Pizza Island, next to Stucchi's in Busch's shopping center--it's been over a year. "We were such rookies, in terms of building from the ground up," he says, despite the fact that his family has owned the B-Line Bar & Grill in Howell, a full-service dinner restaurant, for forty years, and that he and wife, Debbie, already have a small Pizza Island in Brighton.
He didn't literally build from the ground up, but the former Wags to Wiskers needed to be outfitted with a full commercial kitchen. Finally, in late April, Poole was bringing in the food for a May 9 opening and deciding where to hang his Robert Dorman wolverine print. Dorman's iconic watercolor is a common image around here, but this print is one of only five signed in pencil by the late U-M coach Bo Schembechler and athletic director Don Canham. It hung in his uncle Dino Chronis's Lamplighter restaurant in Ann Arbor for years. (Uncle Dino, "the only Greek in the family," also owned Ann Arbor's Bicycle Jim's and the Pin Room, and he's now comfortably retired in Arizona.)