Three Marketplace Closings
Famous is a small chain based in Dearborn--all its food is halal, but it tries to make the burger experience as authentic as possible, even offering a bacon cheeseburger made with beef bacon. The menu also covers some basic Middle Eastern bets, with falafel and shawarma. This branch was run by Mike Haider, a relative of the family that founded the first Famous in Beirut. A woman at the Dearborn Famous politely promised to pass a message on to Haider, but he didn't return calls.
By early April, Famous may well be open again as an Indian/Nepalese restaurant called Cardamom. Binod Dhakal, who has worked as a manager at Shalimar, renegotiated the lease and hoped to turn the place over quickly. His preschool-age son, Sunil, spray bottle and wipe cloth in hand, was doing everything in his power to help.
Stadium Party Shoppe closed in February after a twenty-year run. Xavier Tato, a pharmacist who owns the Stadium Pharmacy next store, gives "finances, I imagine," as the reason. Tato is reluctant to speak for his uncle Johnny Georges, who owned the party store, but says the closing was hard on Georges. "I've been here about ten years. It's because my uncle said: 'Hey there's some space next door you should rent.'"