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Detroit Eatz Builds New Fast Food Concept in Farmington

Detroit Eatz Builds New Fast Food Concept in Farmington

Detroit Eatz Builds New Fast Food Concept in Farmington

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There’s a new concept in fast food moving into downtown Farmington, and it’s called Detroit Eatz. Here, you can certainly grab a burger and fries, but also half a spiral Dearborn Brand ham for tonight’s dinner guests, and maybe a pound or so of deli cheese and pastrami too.

Yes, you read that right. You can pull up to the drive-thru and order a spiral ham. You may have to wait 10 minutes or so, but you’ll know how long your wait is based on the red, green or yellow light you see next to the items you order.


The Traffic Light Control, or TLC, system, as well as the Dreli − the drive-thru deli − are the culmination of William Schonsheck’s more than 30 years in fast food. Schonsheck owned and operated Farmington’s Grand River Avenue Burger King until 2013, when he leased the building out to other operators. When those operators left, his daughter Lisa Bruso and son-in-law Scott Bruso began work on opening Detroit Eatz in the same building, using Schonsheck’s innovative, proprietary fast food concepts.

The “escape lane” in the Detroit Eatz drive-thru, which enables drivers to go around those waiting a bit longer for something designated with a red light, was actually part of Schonsheck’s Burger King drive-thru when he operated the restaurant. He installed a door at the back of the building as well as another drive-thru lane to expedite service.

Lisa Bruso, Detroit Eatz co-owner, said the idea behind the TLC system is to let customers know what to expect, with the kitchen constantly updating the lights based on what’s ready. That way, if they don’t have time to wait, they can order something with a green light.

“You have to update the customer,” she said. “The second you pull in the drive-thru, you know what to expect.”

As a mom of 21-month-old twins, Bruso understands the need for convenience in restaurant pick-ups, especially when the weather is bad. “Basically, we’re going to offer every option to make it convenient,” she said. That means Detroit Eatz will have an online ordering system and a “fast pickup shelf” where customers can simply take what they’ve already ordered and paid for. The restaurant will also offer curbside pickup and, eventually, delivery.

The Food

The menu is still being finalized, but the basics are burgers, chicken sandwiches and hand-breaded chicken tenders, fresh cut fries and, of course, Dearborn Brand lunchmeat, spiral hams and deli sandwiches. Everything will be freshly made with “nothing from a box,” said Bruso, noting this may lead to a bit longer wait times than, say, Burger King, but the TLC system will keep customers apprised of wait times.

The Dearborn Brand partnership will be a great driver in the Dreli’s success, said Bruso. “Everybody knows the quality,” she said, and having it available from the drive-thru makes it that much more convenient.

Detroit Eatz will carry all the Dearborn Brand meats, plus some custom items, like the Coney Bologna. “It’s a Coney dog in the shape of a burger,” explained Bruso. “It’s an actual patty.”

The restaurant will also carry an Impossible Burger for non-meat eaters. “I don’t eat mammals,” said Bruso, “so that’s important to me.”

As if the menu wasn’t diverse enough already, Detroit Eatz will also carry Better Made potato chips and other Michigan-made products, plus a grab-and-go case with premade sandwiches, lunchmeat and other ready-made items.

An innovative concept

Bruso and her husband Scott have put a great deal of resources into Detroit Eatz. The only salvaged items from the Burger King were three fryers. They gutted the dining room and kitchen, Bruso said, hiring a designer to set the decor and purchasing top-of-the-line equipment. “We about tripled our investment in this property,” she said.

That said, the 44-seat restaurant exemplifies Bruso’s father’s innovative fast food ideas, and she expects it to be very successful. “With this concept, you can’t lose,” she said.

If Detroit Eatz takes off, the Brusos may open other locations, or they may expand their innovative ideas by selling the TLC and Dreli ideas to other restaurateurs, she said.

Right now, the Brusos are just looking forward to seeing their hard work come to fruition. They’re planning a soft opening the first weekend in November, with a grand opening the following week.

Detroit Eatz will be open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

32704 Grand River Ave.
Farmington, MI  4833
(248) 579-5655








Rochester – October 28, 2019

Rochester – October 28, 2019


Mastering the Art of Networking

Learning the Ins & Outs of Building Business Relationships

In business for yourself? Trying to climb the corporate ladder?

  • Learn how to conduct “One on Ones” and why they are important
  • Learn how to listen to other’s offerings and needs
  • How to train others to look for your needs
  • Why Know, Like & Trust are so important

This workshop consists of two, one-hour meetings with 15 to 20 people per session. You must attend the first meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, to attend the second meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13. If you register for the first meeting, you are automatically registered for the second meeting.

Attend Mastering the Art of Networking on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at Guardian Angel Cemetery, 4701 Rochester Rd, Rochester.

Register here.


Chief Financial Credit Union Featured

Local Business News featured Chief Financial Credit Union and how the hometown financial institution became part of the community. Read more.








Mount Avon Cemetery Fall Clean-Up Begins Nov. 1

Citizens who have loved ones at Mount Avon Cemetery, it’s time for fall clean up. All personal items must be removed from the cemetery by Friday, Nov. 1, including pots, shepherd hooks, personal items, etc. City staff will remove everything from spaces beginning Nov. 1. The city will not be responsible for lost items.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the fall clean up at Mount Avon Cemetery, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 248-733-3700.

For more information about Mount Avon Cemetery, please visit





Nov. 5 Ballot Has Sinking Fund Proposal

The Nov. 5 ballot has a zero-tax increase building and site sinking fund proposal for Rochester Community Schools. The sinking fund would provide a sustainable mechanism to repair, replace and buy new facility and infrastructure items, enhance security, and upgrade technology throughout the district. Residents would invest directly in their school system by keeping tax dollars local.


Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor
Birmingham – October 28, 2019

Birmingham – October 28, 2019

Long-time Berkshire Swim Coach Dies

Officials at Berkshire Middle School announced the passing of long-time Berkshire swim coach, Blake Lindsay, on Oct. 20. “Blake loved everything about our Berkshire students and their families. His passion for coaching swimming combined with his sincere care for our kids was something that we will always admire,” said the school in a statement.

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Board of Education unanimously approved the school’s request to rename the Berkshire pool as “The Blake Lindsay Natatorium.”



Substance Abuse/Mental Health Survey

Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition, the prevention partner for Birmingham Public Schools, is conducting a brief survey to gain a better understanding of parental opinions and attitudes regarding underage substance use and mental health issues in the community. This information will help BBCC and the schools better support parents.

This survey is anonymous and will take approximately nine minutes to complete. Parents with children in fifth through 12th grade are encouraged to participate.



Strange, Spooky and Wicked Michigan

For a hauntingly good time, block out Thursday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. on your calendar.

Strange, Spooky and Wicked Michigan covers a range of stories featuring mysteries, old legends, creepy creatures, ghosts, haunted locations and a dab of true crime from all over the mitten state. Amberrose Hammond, author and researcher, will have you on the edge of your seat.

The cost: Complimentary for Birmingham NEXT members and $5 for non-members.

Click here to register.



Redistricting and Voter Rights

Voters, not Politicians will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m.

Last year, Michigan voters passed two important initiatives for expanding democracy in Michigan. The first, discussion will be on the constitutional amendment adding the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, what the commissioners will be responsible for and how you can become a commissioner or be involved to have your voice heard.

Next, the presentation will focus on important changes to the Michigan voting rights such as same day registration (or address change) and no reason absentee ballots. These presentations are brought to you by volunteers from Voters Not Politicians and the ACLU.

Click here to register.


Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor
Farmington – October 28, 2019

Farmington – October 28, 2019

Farmington High School Presents ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

On Nov. 14 and 15, the Farmington High School Theatre presents You Can’t Take It With you. Tickets are $10 general seating, with showtime at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 248-888-6274.


Oakland Street Asphalt Paving Notice

On Oct. 28, the final lift of asphalt pavement is scheduled, weather permitting. Once the asphalt paving is completed, the pavement will need four to five days to fully cure. During this time access to Oakland Street will not be permitted.

Please keep children and pets away from the construction operation. Construction activities and equipment, are attractive to small children and can be dangerous. Be aware that during asphalt paving operations, the asphalt is placed at an extremely hot temperature and can burn the feet of pedestrians and pets.



Sunday Concert: Girls with Guitars

The combination of Julie Beutel, Markita Moore and Carmel Liburdi creat a festival of female voices at the Farmington Library. Each artist will take turns performing their original and favorite music. They are unique in their style and all three are gifted musicians and performers. This program is designed for maximum enjoyment.

Register now.


Mayor Announces Resident Rates for Special Service Programs

Steve Schneemann, mayor of Farmington revealed, “I am pleased to announce that effective November 1, 2019, Farmington residents will get resident rates for all of Farmington Hills Special Service Programs,” he said.

Farmington residents have received Farmington Hills resident rates for many of the Hills parks and rec programs, but paid non-residents rates for the ice rink and the Farmington Hills Golf Club.

“Now, we will be considered residents for both the ice area and golf club, in addition, resident rates will also apply to the new Farmington Hills Community Center slated to open in early 2020,” explained Schneemann.



Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor
Royal Oak – October 28, 2019

Royal Oak – October 28, 2019

Third Annual Ruck 22 March

Help fight veteran suicide. Come to Royal Oak on the morning of Nov. 9 for the 3rd annual Ruck 22 March. The march starts at 10 a.m.

Here’s how it works: You take a backpack or rucksack, you fill it with either 22 lbs. or 22 items to donate to needy and homeless veterans. You march 2.2 miles (untimed and at your own pace). At the end, you hear about how you can personally help fight the tragedy of veteran suicide.

Why? On average, 22 veterans and soldiers commit suicide every single day, a rate far higher than the national average. Together we can raise awareness of this problem and learn techniques to help those in need and spot the warning signs.

It’s $22 to sign up and you get a shirt, dog tags, and bracelet. Food and drink will be provided at the end for participants. The proceeds go to the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial and the donated items go directly to needy and homeless vets.

To register and for information on what type of things are needed for donations to help needy and homeless vets, go to


Trivia Night for Teen Clean Closet

Head to the Clawson Knights of Columbus at 870 North Main Street on Saturday, Nov. 2, for a fundraiser benefiting Teen Clean Closet. Toiletry and hygiene item donations gratefully accepted. All admissions include: trivia and a cash bar.

The fun kicks off at 5:30 p.m. The cost for dinner and trivia is $240 per table/team of eight or $30 per person. For more information, call the Royal Oak Optimists at 248-561-9396.










Royal Oak Public Library Offers Homebound Service

The Royal Oak Public Library Homebound Service program offers services to residents who are homebound due to disability or illness and are physically unable to visit the library. Patrons must have a ROPL library card to qualify for this service.

The library will mail up to three items at a time to patrons, along with a return-postage address label. Additional materials may be requested and sent after the current items checked out are returned. Patrons participating in the program will become ineligible for the service, and responsible for the cost of the items, if they do not return library materials.

How To Sign Up For The Service:


  • Fill out the Homebound Service Application, which is to be signed by a physician, nurse, clergy person or social worker. Please have the signee note whether the applicant is permanently or temporarily unable to travel to the library. Medical details are not necessary.
  • Fill out the Reader’s Profile Survey
  • Sign the Opt in Agreement, if you desire this option
  • Hand the completed materials to any staff member at the library or mail it to 222 E Eleven Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Please contact Mick Howey, homebound services coordinator, at 248-246-3724 or email with questions.

Parenting Workshops

Royal Oak Middle School is hosting workshops open to parents of children of all ages. Check out the free workshops for more information on topics such as brain development, substance abuse and student mental health.

All workshops are free and open to all district families. They take place in the Royal Oak Middle School Learning Commons and kickoff with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free babysitting is available for all families.

Thursday, Nov. 21 – Drugs 101
Stay informed about current trends in substance use abuse among teens.

Thursday, Jan. 16 – What’s Bugging Them
Learn about factors that can impact school and home responsibilities including lack of motivation, social media and mental health.

Thursday, Feb. 20 – How to Deal
Coping skills for students, coping skills for parents when helping their child and how to create a homework friendly home.

RSVP here or view the flyer.




Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor