Seva Heads West
Jeff and Maren Jackson bought Seva in 1997, Maren having worked her way up from server to head of the kitchen under former owner Steve Bellock. The Jacksons themselves aren't easing into a life of easy parking and shopping malls. They have gotten, if anything, even more engaged with city life. In 2010 they opened a second Seva in the heart of Detroit, just a few blocks south of the DIA, attached to the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art. George N'Namdi is another old customer.: "He began working on us eight years ago to open a restaurant there," Jeff says. The Detroit Seva is smaller and has "basically the same menu."
The new Westgate Seva is clean-lined and sleek--the old pine-paneled, macrame-trimmed seventies feel is gone. Only the stained glass remains, all of it neatly built into one wall; they also kept the Greg Sobran paintings--Bellock was an early patron. The new Seva isn't entirely finished yet. A private dining room is still under construction. Jeff says he'll eventually replace the flapping banner outside with more permanent signage but openly admits he's just run out of money. "The winter weather this year affected everyone. Money earmarked for the sign--well, we had to use it for something else. We just had to get open."
Seva, 2541 Jackson Ave. (Westgate), 662-1111. Sun-Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. sevarestaurant.com
[Originally published in May, 2014.]