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Monday, March 16, 2009

CAFE VIA

After months of work, Cafe Via is now open in the former Marty's Cookie's location on Maple Rd. in Birmingham. The restaurant is described by part-owner Carol Cahalan as an "American bistro with European flair." Exciting features of the restaurant include a bistro license which allows it to have a small bar area, along with patio seating tucked in back and surrounded by the Briggs Building giving diners a nice quiet space to relax and enjoy their meal.

The crowd can be a tad stuffy (to be expected), and the food is expensive, although not at all outrageous for the cuisine served. The inside is decidedly upscale and with flair, yet comfortable and secluded, as it is sectioned off into smaller rooms for privacy. Patrons who spoke to us at the bar gave their approval for the food (some had been there seven times since its opening nine days before) and on a Saturday night recently there was an hour wait even after nine o'clock. Hopefully that's an indication of how much restauranteurs enjoy the food and not solely due to Cafe Via taking over as the trendy restaurant in town...

See the article in the Detroit Free Press about Cafe Via's opening here.

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