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Say Arrivederci to Maria's of Royal Oak

Catalpa Drive eatery was known for its casual atmosphere and signature garlic bread.

Maria's of Royal Oak closed Saturday. Credit: Judy Davids
Maria's of Royal Oak closed Saturday. Credit: Judy Davids
Maria's of Royal Oak restaurant on Catalpa Drive in Royal Oak is no more.

The closing came without warning to some locals. Ladybug Shoppe owner, Laura Harrison, whose business is directly across the street, was surprised to hear the Italian restaurant closed its doors on Saturday.

Buddy Orlando opened Maria's in June of 2012, copying a menu, including the prices, of a restaurant his father opened in Detroit more than 35 years ago – Maria's Pizzeria on Grand River.

The dining room seated 43 people, with 12 tables and five bar seats. The kitchen was open so patrons could watch their meal being made.

On Tuesday night, the sign on the building had been removed and a man could be seen through the windows cleaning the building.

Tell us, what did you think of Maria's? What would you like to see in its place?
Melissa Summers January 21, 2014 at 07:58 PM
I'd love to see a take & bake type place. Maybe something like: http://www.simplygoodkitchen.com/ A little less expensive than a full on take-out thing but a bit more expensive than fast food or frozen processed food at the grocery store.
Chet Offensive January 21, 2014 at 08:24 PM
This is shocking ......not
Ron Arnold January 22, 2014 at 07:27 AM
We were in there on Friday night. The only customers in the place at 6PM. Had a decent meal, (I should have had the chicken piccatta, which was always excellent!) for a decent price. I spoke with the manager about letting people know about this place and maybe a bistro license. He shook his head "no" and that was the end of that. I'm glad that I personally thanked the cook, as the food there wasn't the problem. Interesting that a lot of the restaurants in the city center are SRO at that time, and yet, Maria's was empty, just a half-mile away. Good luck to the future tenant, and don't forget to advertise.
Mark Chadwick January 22, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Sad to see them go. Loved their food and the prices could not be beat. Sure they had growing pains but I was optimistic about their future.
Marian Kremer January 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM
DIdnt know they were there. Would have tried them if i had know. It pays to advertisr.
Canopeas January 22, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Our family ate there often, and we are sad to see them go. Guess it's back to Maria's in Ferndale, with their inflated prices and cramped seating.
Laura Harrison January 22, 2014 at 04:13 PM
New sign went up about 90 minutes ago. Gangnam Chicken. Korean & Japanese.

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