Apr 16, 2017

50 Years! Big Boy Closing in Detroit

The Last Day
The famous Big Boy statue on E. Jefferson Ave.
The Big Boy restaurant at the corner of E. Jefferson and E. Grand Blvd. is closing its doors at the end of the day after 50 years in operation. The restaurant will be demolished to make way for a new development in the neighborhood. You can read more about that at the Detroit News story about the closing.

Final Visit
I didn't really plan on visiting the Big Boy one last time before it closed, but something drew me there after church today (Happy Easter BTW!), and I'm glad I went. This restaurant has a history at the location, and even though I wasn't a regular customer, I'm sad to see it go. I hope that the new development is good for the neighborhood. The restaurant always seemed to have a steady stream of business. The last time I ate there I went to the breakfast buffet, and like most breakfast buffets, you can't go wrong!

50 Years at the foot of Belle Isle

Big Boy Classic
Since I was by myself, I decided to get an order to go. They were moderately busy with mostly an after church crowd stopping in. I looked briefly at the menu, but I already knew that the last meal for me from Big Boy would be the Big Boy Classic burger. It's the most famous item on the menu, and it just seemed fitting. :)

Simple but Delicious
I was not disappointed, and the Big Boy Classic burger was a nice lunch!  According to the news reports the company is helping the workers find jobs or work at another location. I wish the many long time workers there much success in their future.

The Big Boy Classic to go
Simple sign thanking the customers
What do you think? Did you enjoy going to the Big Boy on E. Jefferson? How do you feel about it closing? Leave a comment and let me know!

Jan 1, 2017

New Year's Day 2017

Sunny Day
Wishing you all a Happy New Year! The annual video of the Detroit River is complete, marking another year done for the Detroit Video Daily blog. It was a pleasant sunny day about 39 degrees. Looking forward to a wonderful 2017 in Detroit!

View of the Ren Cen

Belle Isle Bridge New Year's Day 2017

This year is just a short video to show the flow of water and the peacefulness of the river on the first day of the year. Enjoy.

Jul 11, 2016

Detroit Police Graduating Class

Troubled Times
Detroit Police Recruit Graduation 2016-C
Without a doubt we are experiencing troubled times as far as race relations in the United States. This past year, and as recently as this past week, we have seen video footage of a Black man named Alton Sterling, killed by police. And also the aftermath of another Black man, Philando Castile, who was killed by police, was posted live to Facebook by his girlfriend. As if that wasn't enough, five police officers were killed by a sniper in Dallas by a person seeking revenge for Blacks killed by white police officers. (Please note that all the links to the incidents above are from Wikipedia, and they are to provide background information, but because the events are still being investigated the information may change.)

Detroit Police Academy
With the recent racially charged events as a backdrop, I attended the graduation ceremony of my nephew, Kevin Sims Jr., from the Detroit Police Academy. Our entire family is extremely proud of his achievement. I won't go into his story that led him to become a police officer, but it was not an easy path. We are extremely proud of his ability to persist and accomplish his goal. At the ceremony, the Chief of Police, James Craig, did an excellent job in his address to the graduating class, and he also honored the officers in Dallas.

The Chosen Speaker
Each graduating class of cadets chooses one of their members to be the speaker at the ceremony. My nephew, Kevin, was chosen by his peers to deliver the speech. Besides the fact that I think he did an awesome job, I also want to post his speech to remind those that may not always think about it, but the vast majority of police officers are good honest people, and they are sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands and wives, essentially cherished family members. Congratulations Officer Sims! Your uncle loves you and is proud of you.

Watch the video below, and I'm sure you will agree with me that he did an wonderful job, and congratulations to all of the Detroit Police Recruit Training Class 2016-C!