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Cottons buy new Park businesses

October 17, 2013
Grosse Pointe Park — The Red Crown restaurant, the anchor for the re-development of Kercheval Avenue, will remain open while it undergoes a change in ownership and management.

The Cotton Family, the major developers of the area, have taken over the restaurant from well-known restaurateur Mindy Lopus.

According to Rob Ermanni, project manager for the Kercheval development project, Lopus wanted to spend more time with her family.

In addition to Red Crown, the Cottons have taken over two other Lopus projects, the Bona Fide Bakery and a coffee shop, which were built on the site of the old Mulier’s Market. The bakery and coffee shop, which were scheduled to open this past summer, remain closed.

According to Jon Cotton, the bakery is ready to open and they are in talks with several people to take over the operation.

“It’s turnkey ready, and we’re ready to have it open as soon as possible,” he said.

But for now, their focus is on Red Crown.

“The last thing I wanted to do was get in the restaurant business,” Cotton said, “but we’re totally committed to the Red Crown, it’s our anchor. We have brought back the former manager and we’re looking forward to offering a great dining experience in the Park.”

The restaurant remains open for dinner service and lunch service will resume soon.

“We will have a new menu soon, as well as extended hours,” Ermani said. “The staff is on board with changes and are anxious to step up the service.”

The Red Crown opened to much fanfare in March. It is located in the historic Standard Oil gas station located at Kercheval and Beaconsfield.

The restaurant features American cuisine, including several barbecue-style dishes, dill pickle soup, grits and a full complement of wine and spirits.

Cotton said at least two other restaurants are planned for the area, but nothing has been finalized as of yet. He expects new eateries to go in to the former Janet’s Lunch and the building that housed the Full Circle Resale Shop, but declined to provide details.

“We’re in very preliminary talks,” he said.

He also said the Atwater Brewery, located in the former Grace Community Church, expects to open in March.

“They plan on holding some special events at the site, but the grand opening, including the brewery and restaurant, is scheduled for March,” he said.

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