Reinvented Ferndale restaurant icon Como’s is poised to reopen this spring at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Nine Mile with a completely updated look, a huge patio space, and a menu devoted to Detroit-style pizza.
The restaurant, which shuttered due to major health code violations in 2017, was purchased by Peas & Carrots Hospitality last June for $3 million. Peas & Carrots team including chef Zack Sklar, Jim Bellinson, and Josh Humphrey committed to a total gut renovation of the property to scrub away any remnants of the former restaurants reputation while preserving the name.
The new Como’s will combine both old and new elements of the restaurant, Peas & Carrot’s head of business development Ramza Saruna told Eater during a tour of the property today. The group, which is working with architecture firm McIntosh Poris on the design, chose to remove the restaurant’s red awnings in favor of an updated brick facade with sawed off brick ends used to outline the Como’s name on the exterior. In the evening, the new sign will be backlit for emphasis.
That sawed off brick technique continues into the restaurant’s dining room walls where the terracotta arabica tile is all that remains of the old restaurant. Once completed, the 100-seat dining room will feature banquette seating lit with industrial gooseneck lights and retro tables at the center of the space. A ring of Detroit-style pizza pans will be displayed around the edge of the ceiling. Across from the Woodward-facing entrance, Peas and Carrots is building an Art Deco-inspired wooden bar made from Douglas fir and surrounded by custom-made banker’s chairs. Como’s also plans to feature a 70-seat private dining room on the second floor of the restaurant featuring windows and tiles salvaged from a 1920s era building in Detroit.
Como’s expansive 250-seat patio is also getting a refresh under the new ownership with a “Miami throwback to the ‘80s” feel, Saruna says. The area will be decked out in pastels with white marble countertops and a large mural by a local artist facing Nine Mile Road. Saruna anticipates work on the outdoor space will be completed shortly after the restaurant’s opening and ahead of the big summer patio season.
On the menu, customers can expect to see Sklar’s version of Detroit-style pizza using dough leavened using sourdough starter rather than commercial yeast as well as other Italian-style offerings.
In addition to the renovated restaurant, Como’s has subdivided its dining room floor plan to accomodate a tasting room for Traverse City Whiskey Co.
Representatives for Peas & Carrots Hospitality tell Eater that Como’s is nearing the finish line on that renovation and eye a late-April or early-May opening. Stay tuned for more updates.
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