top of page
  • By Lisa Brody

Dick O'Dow's to move patio to back alley

Dick O'Dow's at 160 W. Maple in downtown Birmingham is preparing for the upcoming road construction season by requesting to temporarily relocate its outdoor dining area to the rear of the building during the 2020 outdoor dining season. Birmingham city commissioners unanimously agreed, approving owner Mitch Black's request to waive the $2,800 application fee and to expedite his request for a special land use amendment to make the move outside “The Dow,” a back room which opens out with a garage door to the Willits Alley. Black had come before the city commission in December, noting that the 2020 road construction season, which will involve Maple Road reconstructed between Southfield and Woodward, will be the second time in three years that will impact his outdoor dining business. In addition, planning director Jana Ecker noted that the new design of Maple Road will not allow him to use his current dining platform. She said that Dick O'Dow's was the first establishment in Birmingham to have an outdoor dining platform. In order to receive that original dining patio, Black had to pay the $2,800 application fee, which is why he requested it waived.

PayPal ButtonPayPal Button

DOWNTOWN: Unrivaled journalism worthy of reader support

A decade ago we assembled a small but experienced and passionate group of publishing professionals all committed to producing an independent newsmagazine befitting the Birmingham/Bloomfield area that, as we like to say, has long defined the best of Oakland County. 


We provide a quality monthly news product unrivaled in this part of Oakland. For most in the local communities, we have arrived at your doorstep at no charge and we would like to keep it that way, so your support is important.


Check out our publisher’s letter to the community here.

Sign Up
Register for Downtown's newsletters to receive updates on the latest news and much more!

Thanks for submitting!

bottom of page