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From Bennigan's to Red Robin

A new southside burger place

by Sally Mitani

posted 5/15/2010

The Bennigan's on South State that suddenly closed in January will reopen May 17 as a Red Robin. Like the burger chain's first local location, on Carpenter Road, it's owned by the Ansara Restaurant Group of Farmington Hills. Red Robin, a chain of about 400, is friendly to children, with a kids' menu and periodical promotional items like packs of crayons, and friendly to the circumstances that produce the next generation of kids--a large bar and happy hour specials at all hours that aren't mealtimes.

Red Robin burgers were rated number one by Zagat's in their 2009 full-service chain category. That's nothing, says manager Michael Lexcen--"at least 150 of our restaurants have gotten their local best-burger awards."

Red Robin gutted Bennigan's kitchen and started from scratch. "It's just the way we build a restaurant," says Lexcen. "We wanted everything new and working well. One of the things we use is a Nieco broiler. It can cook a well-done burger in six minutes."

Red Robin, 575 Briarwood Circle. 997-9550. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun. 11-a.m.-10 p.m.

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[Originally published in May, 2010.]


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