2012 Restaurant of the Year

The Root in White Lake wins the distinction as the Detroit Free Press 2012 Restaurant of the Year. Local, seasonal, fine dining.

Local, seasonal and superb

Almost everyone who heard the plan for the Root told chef James Rigato it woulnd’t work, he recalls. “They said, ‘Local, seasonal, small menu, kind of fine dining, White Lake – you’re nuts. No one’s out there.'”

It was even riskier than that: The restaurant would be in a suburban retail strip anchored by a JCPenney. Rigato, 27, had never been an executive chef, and owner Ed Mamou, his boss, had never had a restaurant.

Rather, he ran a recycling company – not a glamour business and certainly not a part of the tight-knit restaurant industry…. Read full article

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