Tea room planned next to Croswell

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Adrian Design GroupBy John Mulcahy
Posted Mar 31, 2010 @ 02:06 PM
ADRIAN, Mich. —

Downtown Adrian could see a new restaurant opening as soon as July 1.

Al Wilkerson and his wife, Phyllis, who operate the Sweet Afton Tea Room in Plymouth, plan to open the Governor Croswell Tea Room in the former Judge’s Jewelry Store at 125 E. Maumee St., next to the Croswell Opera House.

The restaurant menu will be identical or nearly identical to the tea room in Plymouth, Wilkerson said. That menu features seasonal soups, sandwiches and main dishes such as shepherd’s pie, sirloin tips in gravy with a puff pastry crust, chicken pot pie and quiche, along with a wide selection of desserts and teas.

The restaurant also will offer a traditional high tea, including a pre-theater high tea and after-theater desserts for people attending presentations at the Croswell, Wilkerson said.

He and his wife bought the Adrian building in December, Wilkerson said.

“I’ve always loved the building,” said Wilkerson, who is originally from Adrian. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.

The July 1 target date for the restaurant to open depends on getting improvements made, he said.

Wilkerson said he and his wife are friends of Adrian City Administrator Dane Nelson, who convinced them to open the tea room in Adrian.

“He has the enthusiasm of most two people,” Nelson said about Wilkerson. Nelson noted the popularity of the couple’s tea room in Plymouth and said he hopes the new tea room can become a destination spot in Adrian.

Chris Miller, the city’s Downtown Development Authority and economic development coordinator, called the tea room coming “exciting.”

“Restaurants are a great anchor for a downtown such as ours,” Miller said.

He sees a lot of potential in Adrian’s downtown, Wilkerson said.

“I think the downtown is prime for some things to come in there,” he said.