After 35 years, West Bloomfield fine dining icon The Lark will shutter in December, reports DBusiness. Owners Jim and Mary Lark founded restaurant in 1981 and say that they plan to retire. "I'm not immortal and it's time to relax," says 84-year-old Jim Lark. Daughter and general manager Adrian Lark is in the process of helping staff find new positions.
Often described as a special occasion restaurant due to its extensive wine list, expertly prepared French cuisine, impeccable service, and old-school décor, The Lark has earned numerous accolades during its three decade run. It's more than once been named to the local Eater 38 and was dubbed Restaurant of the Year twice by Hour Detroit. In 1996 the restaurant received international attention, being named best restaurant in America by Conde Nast Traveler.
For those in the market for a high-end suburban eatery with great bones, both the wine cellar and the restaurant are for sale according to The Detroit Free Press. The Lark will host its final service on December 23.