Hudson Site Proposal Interior
740 FOOT TOWER PROPSED FOR HUDSON SITE »


10 FUN THINGS TO DO IN DETROIT »



Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 30
  1. #1

    Default Silverman's Diner

    Talking with friends on FB about Silverman's today. I used to enjoy late light ice cream desserts at the one between A2 and Ypsi when I was in college. I remember there was one on Orchard Lake at 696 and another in Livonia. How long were they open and why'd they go out of business?

  2. #2

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by xphillipjrx View Post
    Talking with friends on FB about Silverman's today. I used to enjoy late light ice cream desserts at the one between A2 and Ypsi when I was in college. I remember there was one on Orchard Lake at 696 and another in Livonia. How long were they open and why'd they go out of business?
    OUCH!
    Hit a nerve there, xphillipjrx!
    Silverman's Restaurants were around for about 20 years. Late 70's until 2000.
    I owned 2 of the 'franchises' from 97- 99. (Seemed more like the restaurants owned me)
    When I took over those 2, there were only 7 restaurants remaining in the 'chain'. In 1999 when I sold mine, the last of the 'Silverman's' were all changing their names.(Livonia and Orchard Lake/696)
    At their peak, most of those places did a huge business. Large portions, 'all you can eat' dinners, complex dessert menus, etc.
    I still some of the old menu prototypes and recipes from the days when the chain 'peaked'.
    By the time I got in the business, we were 'on our own' as far as menus, etc- each Silverman's was somewhat different from the other.

    The restaurants all were started by Bob Silverman.He'd open it up, bring in the crowds, then find an investor to buy the franchise based on all the cash coming in- . I doubt there was much profit. I more or less took over leases on mine from Silverman's. Made payments on the equipment, but did not pay franchise fees.

    Thanks to the chain's past bills and creditors unpaid, my vendors all required C.O.D. A nuisance to keep cash on hand and count out payment on every delivery, but it kept me out of trouble.

  3. #3

    Default

    Rings a bell for some reason, but I can't place why. Where were the others?

  4. #4

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Meddle View Post
    Rings a bell for some reason, but I can't place why. Where were the others?
    All over Detroit metro, mostly western suburbs. None in Detroit city limits that I know of.
    Farmington,West Bloomfield,Livonia, Plymouth,Westland,South Lyon, Novi, Howell, Ann Arbor,Taylor,Southgate,Roseville,Warren,etc.
    They did not have a unique design, most were recycled from other closed franchises- former Biff's, Sambo's,Howard Johnson,Clock, Nugget,Landmark,Uncle John's etc, or just strip mall storefronts.

    Most memorable 'conversion'- a former Sambo's in Southgate was turned into a Silverman's then became a Hooters some time after Silverman's closed up.

  5. #5

    Default

    Livonia ,......... maybe Plymouth and Merriman?


    Were they big on breakfasts? Omelettes and things?

  6. #6

    Default

    In Livonia-
    On Plymouth Rd (a former Biff's) by Farmington
    and Corner Grand River/8 Mile (former Uncle John's/My Granny's)

    Yes, the menu was very big on breakfasts,omlettes, etc.
    Mornings were busiest at my places..

    I opened the old file box I kept some menus/recipes, etc. None of the menus had addresses of all the restaurants.
    No surprise- I found an old aspirin bottle in with all the old paperwork.
    Tough businesss.

  7. #7

    Default

    OK, Plymouth & Farmington is probably the one I remember.


    Gotta clean out the cobbwebs.

  8. #8

    Default

    Plymouth and Levan.

  9. #9

    Default

    Used to go to the one at Orchard Lake and 696 for late-night breakfasts back in the 90s. It re-opened as Robertos (I think). I remember always getting a blueberry muffin with my meal - they had good breakfast combos. Went there once or twice after it was Robertos, it wasn't nearly as good.

  10. #10

    Default

    yes, they always had great meals. I would go to the Farmington Hills one at Orchard Lake and I-696 as well as the Livonia one. Sometimes Novi.

  11. #11

    Default

    There was a small one on Greenfield just south of Ten Mile. BEST breakfasts ever! I still miss them.

  12. #12

    Default

    Plymouth - Main Street just south of Ann Arbor Road. It's now "Zack's."

  13. #13

    Default

    My brother used to work at one in the Tower 14 building in the northwest corner of Northland's parking lot.(across from the old Michigan Inn)

  14. #14

    Default

    Many late Friday nights at the one in Plymouth.

  15. #15

    Default

    I used to eat at Sliverman's Restuarant on Ford Rd. near Wayne Rd. in Westland where the old "Jack in the Box" restaurant used to be. Now it's a Arab owned cell phone store.

  16. #16

    Default

    Hello I was looking for some pics of Silvermans and can't find any anywhere. If you have any please be so kind as to share them on the following page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/DownriverThings/ You are also welcome to join the page! thanks.

  17. #17

    Default

    I went to Sliverman's Restuarant on Ford Rd. and Farmington Rd. in Westland, MI. back in the 1980s and the food was very good. The building used to be a Jack in a Box Resturant. The owners brought it long ago and turn into Sliverman's. Most Silvernman's Restuarants had been closed since the early 1990s due to lost of competive edge against other mom and pop restuarants. ( More Coney Island restaurants pop up, more people went to them.)

  18. #18

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by econ expat View Post
    Most memorable 'conversion'- a former Sambo's in Southgate was turned into a Silverman's then became a Hooters some time after Silverman's closed up.
    Do you mean the one at Eureka and I-75 in Taylor?

  19. #19

    Default

    Novi: Ten Mile and Meadowbrook in the shopping plaza, now the Honey Tree Restaurant.
    http://g.co/maps/3rua7

    Westland: Ford Road at Wildwood, 1/2 mile east of Wayne Rd.
    http://g.co/maps/a82up

  20. #20

    Default

    Wasn't the Silverman's at Orchard Lake and 696 an Old Tyme Deli before that?

    I recall going there as a kid, they served good sandwiches. But also a bowl of pickles. One time, as we were leaving, we saw our bowl of pickles dumped back into a large bowl of pickles to be reused again! Needless to say, we never went back to that place!

  21. #21

    Default

    Eww! I am certain all kinds of things are recycled at restaurants... when you think about it...
    Quote Originally Posted by detlump View Post
    One time, as we were leaving, we saw our bowl of pickles dumped back into a large bowl of pickles to be reused again! Needless to say, we never went back to that place!

  22. #22

    Default

    I remember the one off of I75 in Southgate, used to be my fav when I was a kid. Its been gone a LONG ass time.

  23. #23

    Default

    I knew a woman who worked at Ford (initials CV) and I thought her husband owned Silvermans in the late 90s, but maybe he just had a couple of their franchises. Sounded lucrative, whichever it was.

  24. #24

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by econ expat View Post
    The restaurants all were started by Bob Silverman.He'd open it up, bring in the crowds, then find an investor to buy the franchise based on all the cash coming in- . I doubt there was much profit. I more or less took over leases on mine from Silverman's. Made payments on the equipment, but did not pay franchise fees.

    Thanks to the chain's past bills and creditors unpaid, my vendors all required C.O.D. A nuisance to keep cash on hand and count out payment on every delivery, but it kept me out of trouble.
    I used to work with Silverman's ex-wife. She told me how he did a bit of "creative accounting" on several years of federal income taxes without her knowledge. After their divorce, the IRS came after them both due to joint returns being filed. She had to claim innocent spouse to get out of that mess or she'd be on the hook for many thousands of dollars.

  25. #25

    Default

    There was a Silverman's in South Lyon on Pontiac Trail. Gone through a number of names/owners, and is now the Lyon Cantina. There was one in Howell on Grand River, and is now home to Brunner's Restaurant.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Instagram
BEST ONLINE FORUM FOR
DETROIT-BASED DISCUSSION
DetroitYES Awarded BEST OF DETROIT 2015 - Detroit MetroTimes - Best Online Forum for Detroit-based Discussion 2015

ENJOY DETROITYES?


AND HAVE ADS REMOVED DETAILS »





Welcome to DetroitYES! Kindly Consider Turning Off Your Ad BlockingX
DetroitYES! is a free service that relies on revenue from ad display [regrettably] and donations. We notice that you are using an ad-blocking program that prevents us from earning revenue during your visit.
Ads are REMOVED for Members who donate to DetroitYES! [You must be logged in for ads to disappear]
DONATE HERE »
And have Ads removed.