Toast of the Town … 5/25/12

City Councilmember Cathie Gordon will feel the heat this Saturday at New Dodge Bar where she will be roasted.

When it comes to good food and great times, Hamtramck has plenty to offer. In this column, we’ll talk about what’s happening at our bars, restaurants and other events that can be found throughout the city

Charles Sercombe

On Saturday (May 26) one of our favorite barkeeps in town will get red-hot roasted.

Cathie Gordon, who also doubles as a member of Hamtramck City Council, is running for Wayne County Commissioner. She – along with Councilmember Tom Jankowski, another bar owner in town – is among several trying to unseat Martha Scott.

That’s going to be a tall order.

Saturday’s roast will help raise money for Cathie.

But, yeow, is she going to pay the price herself. Roasts are usually just this side of raunchy, and Cathie is a pretty saucy character.

Maria Trzin, who works at Cathie’s bar, the New Dodge, said she’s got a number of roasters lined up and gave a hint of who to expect: The barmaids at New Dodge, local blog writer Hillary Cherry and fellow Councilmember Robert Zwolak.

“It’s pretty much anything goes,” Trzin said of the roast, “but I’ve been reminding them not to be mean.”

Oh come on, in Hamtramck, don’t be mean?

OK, to get you in the mood, Toast thought of a few “blue” jokes – well, it’s our attempt at humor. Here goes:
Cathie Gordon walks into her bar and says, give me the usual. 10 male strippers then jump on the bar.

A groggy Cathie Gordon walks into her bar with a male blow-up doll strapped to her back, and says: “Boy, I really tied one on last night.”

Cathie Gordon walks into her bar and her barmaid asks if she ever had “sex on the beach.”

Cathie says: “Yes, but I got the crabs.”

Anyway, it’s $10 at the door, which includes a barbecue spread. The roast begins promptly at 9 p.m. Local fave “Joetown” will be the evening’s DJ, and one of Cathie’s favorite bands, The Orbitsuns, will round out the evening.

Do you know of a cool bar, a great restaurant or just a nice place to hang out? If you have tips on special events or just want to shine some light on your favorite spot send a message to or call us at (313) 874-2100.

One Response to Toast of the Town … 5/25/12

  1. Tracey Demchyna

    July 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I just miss the old Hamtramck.
    I haven’t had fresh keibasa in God only knows how long. The corner meat market, where we knew what we were getting.
    Our Polish heritage is a lost art, and it breaks my heart.
    NOTHING about Polish food is real anymore.

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