After more than 40 years, Hogan's Restaurant in Bloomfield Hills will shut its doors this month. The Oakland Press reports that owner Rick Bochenek has sold the restaurant to an unnamed developer who plans to level the restaurant and convert the land into a strip mall. "It was time," says Bochenek of the sale. "I got a great offer."
Bochenek's father purchased the business — a Howard Johnson's at the time — in 1961 and converted it to a restaurant and bar called Hogan's in 1974. Employees, some who've worked at the restaurant for more than 25 years, have been notified. "It was very hard," he said. In an announcement on the restaurant's website, customers are encouraged to use any lingering gift card credit before the restaurant closes on January 31.
Unfortunately, Hogan's isn't the only independent restaurant closing this month. Tongue's Coffee in Wyandotte and Ferndale's Crave Lounge both shuttered last week, and 47-year-old pizza mainstay Gracie See will also host its final service on January 31.