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Friday, 29 April, 2005 11:46 AM

College Park Now Open in Livonia

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

You can see the College Park sign from Haggerty Rd.

by Jason Rzucidlo
AmericaJR@AmericaJR.com

College Park is a new hotspot in the city of Livonia for college students, adults and the like. It is located between Schoolcraft College and the Comerica building on Haggerty Rd.

What is college park? A fine collection of restaurants, businesses and one day office buildings. It brought hundreds of new jobs into Livonia's economy and proves to be around for a long time to come. Most of the people who work in these places are college students, but not all. If you ever drive by at night, you will notice all of the parking spots are full in the front and in the back.

Let's give you an overview of the restaurants in College Park:

The Claddagh, an irish pub. The first of it's kind in the state of Michigan. A hotspot for irish and american food. Their specialty is burgers, corned beef, fish and chips and fine Irish beers. Read our review here.

Bravo! is an upscale italian restaurant. They are equivalent to the Olive Garden or even better. This is only their third location in the state of Michigan, a perfect fit for College Park. Read our review here.

Mitchell's Fish Market is a pricey seafood restaurant. They are even more than Red Lobster. You can expect to spend about twenty dollars on a good piece of seafood. They also offer valet parking and open the door when you enter and exit the building.

Potbelly is a cool place to hang out and have a bite to eat. It is located directly across from the Fish Market. They specialize in subs similar to Quizno's because they are toasted.

I like Potbelly for several reasons. They have ice cream, shakes and malts. They have entertainment on several days of the week. It's just a fine place to hang out, do your homework and have a good time.

Cold Stone Creamery is a new ice cream restaurant. They have like 20 flavors of ice cream, ones that you would never expect to see such as "cake batter." Then they will mix in ingredients such as oreos, mints or whatever you want. They mix it right in front of you.

The Creamery can get very loud inside. When I went there, it was about 70 degrees outside so the line was out the door. The employees have to yell "Welcome to Cold Stone" and sing a song every 15 minutes.

Next to the Creamery is the new TalkWireless. Since many college students have a cell phone or need one, this is the perfect place to go. They feature cell phones from all the major companies: Verizon, Cingular, Nextel and Sprint.

Panchero's is a new mexican restaurant. They are different from Taco Bell and the others. This place makes their dough in front of you. They take a round ball of dough, put it on the grill and flatten it to the right size.

All of the vegetables are cut fresh right in front of you. The meat is cooked on the grill, not in a microwave. You only have three options when ordering: beef, chicken or seafood for the entire menu.

Great Clips is located on the far end of the building. It's a new place to get a haircut. When they first opened, they had a special of $2.99 for the grand opening. Then it went up to $4.99 and the current price is $11.00 for the haircut. I spoke to them and they said they will be sending out coupons to people who live in Livonia. Watch your mailbox!

There is office space located behind all these businesses backing up to I-275. One day, someone could lease the space and open for business in Livonia's newest hotspot.

Haggerty Road is full of fine restaurants. I call it "restaurant row." The ones you will find in College Park are like no other. Most of them are the first location in the state of Michigan. I would encourage you to check out the new College Park and maybe even dine in one of these fine restaurants.

It's truly a jewel in the city of Livonia. College Park is located on the east side of Haggerty Road between Schoolcraft College and the Comerica Building. If you go by at nighttime, it's all lit up and it looks awesome!!

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

The Claddagh, an irish pub at College Park.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Bravo! an italian restaurant at College Park.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Mitchell's Fish Market, an elegant seafood restaurant.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

You can see Potbelly, Cold Stone Creamery, TalkWireless, Panchero's and Great Clips.

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