Red Crown is located at 15301 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park. On warm days and nights, the garage doors open to allow a flow into the community, which features several new restaurants and businesses. photo by Joe Warner.
March 27, 2014GROSSE POINTE PARK — What was once a go-to for tune ups and oil changes is now popular for a much different reason.
The historic Standard Oil station at 15301 Kercheval is leading the way in a changing Grosse Pointe Park.
New restaurants, a bakery, a brewery and a bright future mark the business districts near Kercheval and Alter, the border with Detroit.
And Red Crown has experienced a major change in its first year.
Bobby Nahra, a Grosse Pointe Woods and owner/president of Lakeland Banquet & Event Centre, became managing partner with the owners of Red Crown, the Dr. David and Shery Cotton family.
The Cottons have been generous in their business and residential development projects in Grosse Pointe Park. They continue with several new businesses being featured in a Grosse Pointe News series.
Nahra said he has worked with the Cottons on several catering projects in the past. It turned into an "offer of a lifetime."
"They've opened a lot of doors for me," Nahra said. "They're an amazing family and I'm honored to be part of this."
Nahra didn't sit still when the shakeup in management came to Red Crown six months after it opened.
"I share their vision of doing things right," Nahra said. "I've made some very drastic changes. We've changed the menu, our presentation and our portions. We've added steaks and fish. We've listened to what people want. I'm a good listener."
Red Crown revamped its menu and added a Sunday brunch.
Chef specials early this week included portobella mushrooms, mussels, clams and shrimp, woodgrilled Scottish salmon, lobster ravioli and a brisket and pulled pork pot pie.
"We do everything from scratch and we do it right. We care about what our customers want and think."
Nahra said he spends as much time as he can with his team and the customers, making sure every experience is good.
"I've inherited a great staff," Nahra said. "Most important, it takes a village to run a business. And we have a great town here."
A new menu is launching this month, a sign Nahra will keep it moving. The switch to summer wines will follow, along with some additional seafood and healthy options.
"We'll change our wine list, too," Nahra said. "Dr. Cotton got me into wine collecting and we'll be rotating our list, bringing in some other restaurants don't have.
As with the Cottons, Nahra also supports the community, serving on several boards and committees.
"We want to make an impact, leave a footprint," Nahra said. "We'll work together and leave our mark on Grosse Pointe."
Red Crown has a Facebook page and more information is available by calling (313) 822-3700.