The former home of Maccabees Traders is getting a complete reset with a new Detroit-style pizzeria. Metro Detroit mainstay Shield’s Pizza is aiming to open a fourth location inside the vacant Midtown restaurant space at 5057 Woodward Ave., Metro Times reports.
Owner Paul Adoni expects the new Detroit location to open in early January. He and co-owner Peter Adoni have a licensing agreement with Maccabees owner Norm Mourad to operate in the space and are working with well-known metro Detroit architecture firm Ron & Roman on the redesign. The restaurant, located just a block from the Detroit Institute of Arts, will feature a menu comparable to the recently renovated Shield’s in Troy serving Detroit-style pizza, calzones, sandwiches, cheesy bread, and more.
The original Shield’s bar was founded in 1937 in Detroit and later began serving the square slices that the many of the city’s oldest pizzerias are known for. The business was bought out by the Adoni brothers in 1992.
It will be interesting to see how the pizzeria fares in the Maccabees building, which has seen quite a bit of restaurant turnover over the last few years. Maccabees at Midtown gave way to 5057 Viale in August 2016, which was then replaced by short-lived Southeast Asian-influenced restaurant Maccabees Traders. The final version of Maccabees shuttered in May. Meanwhile, fellow Detroit-style pizza contender Buddy’s is rumored to be eyeing a location in the M@dison Building.