The first of two big concepts coming to downtown Ferndale is nearly ready for its big reveal. Daily Dinette, a 24-hour burger and doughnut spot by Kramer Restaurant Group (operators of One-Eyed Betty's), is set to open in the next two weeks with its Neapolitan pizza and wine counterpart, Pop's For Italian, to follow in a month.
The pair shares a massive 10,000-square foot space previously occupied by Buffalo Wild Wings and Twisted Shamrock on Nine Mile. Located on the north side of the building, Daily Dinette features a retro look with pale pink tile walls, and a mixture of pink, yellow, and silvery-faux fur booths paired with wood tables. The 60-seat restaurant also features a patio with a walk-up window. A counter runs along one wall complete with digital menu displays, a grill, doughnut display, and a cider doughnut fryer.
On the Nine Mile side of the building, 200-seat Pop's For Italian is also rapidly taking shape with an open kitchen and communal seating. Impressive 25-foot ceilings are accentuated by several tall murals by Andrzej Sikora and a large horseshoe-shaped bar with a nearly ceiling-high wine rack. The floors further divide the space into two sections: one with reclaimed barn wood and another with patio tile meant to mimic an outdoor Italian piazza. Tree limbs will eventually hang from the ceiling. The front façade features two garage doors and a living wall. Both venues are connected by an indoor pedestrian alley running north to south along the side of the building.
Owner Brian Kramer has "always wanted to open an Italian place" says general manager Beth Hussey. Kramer's grandparents were Italian and the Pop's concept pays homage to them. Thus, it's particularly important for him to make sure the restaurant is as authentic as possible. Kramer, Hussey, chef Emmele Herrold are each certified in Neapolitan pizza making and the restaurant sourced an wood-burning Neapolitan pizza oven from Italy capable of cooking pizzas in 90-seconds. Pastas will also be made in-house.
"We want to be for wine what we are for beer at One-Eyed Betty's."
In addition to pizza, Pop's will have specialized bar program with a 32-bottle wine preservation system. "We want to be for wine what we are for beer at One-Eyed Betty's," Hussey says. "[The system] gives us the ability, unlike other places, to offer every single wine by the glass." This means diners tempted by more pricier vintages can have the opportunity to taste a glass without dropping all their dough on a whole bottle. The restaurant is also sourcing six kegged wines from Italy including two sparkling options.
On the Dinette side, diners can look forward to a quick-service eatery with a selection of burgers, hot dogs and Coney's, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, fresh-cut fries, doughnuts, and nitro coffee. "It's designed to be very fast and very efficient," Hussey adds. The health inspections for both restaurants are scheduled for today. If all goes well, Dinette may open as soon as February 8.
Check out more photos from the build-out below: