- 3632 Elizabeth, Wayne, MI, 48184
- Overall User Rating:
- (3 ratings)
- 10-2 a.m. Mon.-Fri.; 11-2 a.m. Sat.; noon-2 a.m. Sun.; Kitchen open until 1 a.m. Thurs.-Sat. and midnight during the week
Status: Take the enthusiastic sports tone of Buffalo Wild Wings and sprinkle in the essence of Applebee’s food menu and you’ve got the Avenue Sports Grille, an inconspicuous beige building on Elizabeth Street in Wayne.
The 150-seat-bar, which served as the Rookie Sports Cafe for about a decade, is now owned by long-time Wayne residents Karl Makky and Anton Duhani.
“We keep it simple," Duhani says describing the Avenue. "It’s not about making a dollar. It’s about establishing a fine establishment.”
Gear: The staff wears black pants and black Avenue t-shirts and tank tops, but anything goes at the Avenue.
Mood: When Makky and Duhani opened the Avenue a year and a half ago, they decided that a sports theme was just a piece of how they wanted the bar to be known.
“We were trying to do something to uplift the city,” Makky says. “We want to make a good change in the world.”
In their attempts to make a difference, Makky and co. have held several events over the last year with proceeds benefiting breast cancer research, multiple sclerosis and famine-ravaged Somalia.
“We try to give back,” Marketing and Event Manager Mike Londeau says.
That giving spirit is one of the reasons 28-year-old Keith McCosh visits the Avenue almost every weekend.
As the staff hustled behind an L-shaped, granite bar that stretched nearly the length of the building, the Garden City resident, who was at the bar with 27-year-old Colette Talaga, said, “It’s the atmosphere. Everybody’s friendly.”
Pick me up: You’ll find restaurant basics like burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps, subs and wings on the menu along appetizers ranging from $4.59 for Tortillaz and Salsa to $9.99 for the Avenue Combo (three Pub Skins, cheese sticks, chicken fingers and six onion rings). Entrees created by Executive Chef Hassam Markabani will run you anywhere from $7.59 for Fish n Chips to $13.99 for a 12 oz. steak or a full slab of ribs. Sides include garlic cheese mashed potatoes, salt and pepper chips and coleslaw.
“It’s a bar, but it’s got great food,” Londeau says.
On Thursdays, the Avenue has a dollar menu with grilled cheese, cabbage soup, fries, burgers and hot dogs.
The Avenue provides a full bar with a $2 25 oz. domestic beer.
Entertainment: There is a 500-square-foot heated covered patio open all year with live music and DJs. A half dozen tables fill the main room which is lined with almost as many TVs as booths. You'll find nearly two dozen 50- to 100-inch televisions tuned to sports on any given night at the Avenue, and there’s never a cover.