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RIP: Modern Food & Spirits (Closes Feb 27, 2011) [suburban Detroit]

rainsux Jan 26, 2011 05:48 AM

They owners have purchased a restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Their
last day for customers is Feb 27th.

-doug

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Modern Food & Spirits
1535 Cass Lake Rd, Keego Harbor, MI 48320

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    RedTop Jan 26, 2011 02:39 PM

    Isn't this the single "upscale" restaurant in all of metro Detroit that has been mercilessly hammered--in a truly negative manner, by area diners?

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      boagman Jan 26, 2011 02:52 PM

      I wouldn't say that, no. I *can* say that, even as a big fan of the food, the service/hospitality of the place/owners could, at times, leave a lot to be desired. Never has a place more evidently cried out for a FOH manager who knows what they're doing and has the power to do it, so that there's a buffer between the customers and the kitchen. Kim and her husband are great food people, and I happen to get along with them well...but that isn't always the case with everyone, apparently.

      The food, from just about every reasonable source I've run into (or read), is praise-worthy. The kitchen clearly knows what they're doing, and have the recipes and talent to pull off some great dishes. I know, as I've been there enough times to make the call. Even if the service or attitude is a letdown, the food is still on a pretty high level, most of the time.

      I can also say, though, that when there's a problem, it can often be handled poorly, and that can lead to bigger problems from there.

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        RedTop Jan 26, 2011 04:10 PM

        boag, I truly don't know how to answer your post.

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          boagman Jan 26, 2011 04:16 PM

          Red, I was just saying that, while there's certainly the one aspect about it that's been pretty commonly criticized (and perhaps not unfairly), in general, the food really doesn't seem to be a source of any real issues. That was what I was getting at.

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            yaka Jan 26, 2011 08:39 PM

            May I just throw in a few words here, too? I think the food is great, with only a few exceptions. The flavors are consistent and good, though the soups have been lukewarm at times. This particular part of Oakland County is sorely lacking in really good restaurants that have reasonable prices. Ellen's always has great food, but they don't do dinner. Jeremy's did not impress me the one time I have been, so I have no desire to return.

            I have found the dining experience at Modern to just kind of have a strange vibe to it. I was in there when they first opened, and the atmosphere -- though I appreciate their working on a budget -- left me cold. I returned in 2010, and I don't know if the lighting was different, but it felt better inside when I had returned. The food was delicious, and I was (per always) intrigued to learn the back story of the owners of the restaurant. I watched as the owner/husband came out of the kitchen and sat at the table behind mine and talk to the 'regulars' for a minimum of 10 minutes. Good for customer relations, I thought.

            When I tried to ask the owner/wife to fill me in on their background in the food business, she couldn't have been colder or more suspect of my intentions. I never did find out anything about them. When I looked on their website later that night, it was like these people didn't have any history of whom they were as people. Odd, I thought, since the food that was prepared tasted so good. So, I have never felt Modern was a place I could just completely relax in.

            Maybe they will become more open to their new community when they relocate. I will miss their food, but not much else.

            They are also quite into "the rules" of their dining membership. Far, far too complicated and lengthy.

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      Fibber McGee Jan 26, 2011 09:10 AM

      Yet another favorite soon to be gone. *sigh*

      1. JanPrimus Jan 26, 2011 08:18 AM

        Buy it for me....I will cook and manage, you just eat.

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