- 210 E. 14 Mile, Clawson, MI, 48017
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- 10-2 a.m. Mon.-Sat; noon-2 a.m. Sun.
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Status: Renshaw Lounge was never quite a secret, but until a year ago, owner Mike Lang didn’t advertise the establishment.
The 6,500-square-foot bar sits off East 14 Mile in a Clawson shopping complex that contains the Village Shoe Inn and a Dunkin’ Doughnuts store. The building’s original owner opened Renshaw in 1962, but leased the space in 1993 to proprietors who renamed it Hoops. After they filed for bankruptcy in 1996, the 3,500-square-foot-space again became Renshaw Lounge.
Lang, a 42-year-old Troy resident, took over Renshaw in 2004. He decided to shine a spotlight on the bar this year after completing a 3,000-square-foot expansion, buying a new patio and and completing an exterior face-lift. He also increased the number of draft beers from eight to 40.
Gear: Renshaw Lounge isn’t the sort of bar where you go to be seen in the latest fashions, so dress for comfort.
Mood: “The market that I try to grow is the 20- to 30-year-olds, just because they’re the people that spend money in the bar, but we get an eclectic group here,” Lang says. “If you come here at lunch and dinner, you’re going to see a real mix. At night, it’s mostly younger people.”
Though the décor at Renshaw is not elaborate, it’s clear that some thought was put into it. Basic black tables and chairs rest on stained concrete floors. The metal on the chairs reflects sunlight from a wall of windows (installed during the renovation) to create an airy feel. Benches line one wood-paneled wall, which is decorated with traditional mirrored beer signs, sports photos and framed posters.
The new patio, which can seat about 32 people, has rolling doors so it can be closed off in the winter. A single flat-screen television hangs in one corner of the patio, and large windows look into the bar.
Pick me up: Lang crowns the bar’s pizza — with the dough and sauce created in-house — as star of the Renshaw Lounge menu, but there are plenty of other options for hungry bargoers. House favorites include mac-and-cheese ($5), quesadillas ($5) and tacos (three for $6). Soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches are priced from $2.50 to $7. Seafood dinners top out around $9. Lang’s 72-year-old aunt prepares daily specials like meat loaf, city chicken and roasted pork from family recipes
“We’re kind of an economy bar as far as drinking,” Lang says. “You can take 10 bucks here and get drunk.”
Well drinks are $3 and a 22-ounce Coors Light draft or Labatt is $2.
“With this economy, we’re growing because word spreads on cheap drinks,” Lang says.
Entertainment: What you see is what you get at Renshaw Lounge. There’s no DJ, trivia night or dance floor.
“I’m totally against that stuff,” says Lang, who has worked in his father’s bars and restaurants since he was a child. “It runs away the regulars. I like to do the same thing every day. There’s some kind of comfort in consistency.”
There are, however, two pool tables, a few video games and about 18 televisions usually tuned to sports.