After nearly 33 years at the helm of the original Sweet Lorraine’s Café and Bar on Greenfield Road in Southfield, owner and chef Lorraine Platman has announced she will be permanently closing the location on June 25, citing her health concerns. Platman opened the restaurant in 1984 with her husband, Gary Sussman.
“It’s been a labor of love,” says Platman. “I haven’t been able to spend enough time in the dining room recently — visiting with all of our regulars and long-time friends — but my poor, old aching back, neck, and arthritic thumbs don’t allow me to keep up the frantic pace.”
Platman adds that the physical demands of the kitchen have taken a toll over the decades and she needs to cut back on her busy schedule.
Known for her “farm-to-table” ethos and eclectic cuisine, Platman began her career with the opening of Sweet Lorraine’s Deli and Café in Madison Heights in 1982. An Ann Arbor location was opened in 1993 before moving to its current home at the Livonia Marriott Laurel Park Place, where it has been in operation since 2000.
Platman has opened restaurants throughout southeastern Michigan, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, and will continue to support her culinary partners and staff at the Sweet Lorraine’s Café and Bar in Livonia, Mac n’ Brewz! locations in Midtown and Waterford Township, and other fast-casual Mac N Cheez locations, including Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills, General Motors Co.’s Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, and a new Sweet Lorraine’s location to be open this summer at the On The Dunes sports facility in Commerce Township.
Platman adds that she plans to spend time writing cookbooks, giving back to the community, and helping a new generation of restauranteurs.