By Alan R. Madeleine
Another long-familiar Hamtramck dining landmark has reopened. This time though, the name, menu and all are very different from the previous occupants.
Coming fast on the heels of last week’s Clock Restaurant grand reopening, the former Under the Eagle space has morphed into Campau Coney Island.
Looking considerably brighter inside, courtesy of some new windows, and spiffed up with some new leather booths, the place is now more cheerful and open. And speaking of “open,” they just opened their doors to business a week ago today.
New owner Fatjon “Spike” Rushaj and server Ann Jaszczolt chatted amiably over the small counter in the rear of the establishment. Business is “good – lots of happy customers,” said Rushaj. Today, however, there are only two tables with patrons at 12:15 p.m. A third fills with a single gentleman as we talk.
The menu features coney dogs, needless to say, but also American dishes, as well as half a dozen Italian meals, four stir-fry choices, and three varieties of nachos. Burgers, melts, subs, pitas and other sandwiches, as well as salads, round out the menu, along with almost a dozen appetizers.
Breakfasts are available anytime they are open, which is from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (Sundays until 3 or 4 p.m.). They will deliver to your business as well. For those dining in, parking is available curbside, but also in the four spots along the building’s south wall in the Sunoco gas station. And of course, there’s the large strip mall lot directly across the street.
There is no plan to add a liquor license at this time. They do intend to enhance their beverage selection with a reach-in cooler, for those who prefer bottles or cans over fountain drinks.
A postcard touts their Grand Opening Specials: 99 cent coneys, $2.49 breakfasts, and $3.99 for a cheese burger and fries ($4.99 for corned beef and fries).
It’s certainly nice to see the city’s somewhat bedraggled- looking southend get a shot in the arm with a nice-looking new restaurant.