Best Creative Use of Strip Mall Location

Cafe ML; 3607 W. Maple, Bloomfield Twp.; 248-642-4000; cafeml.com

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To convert an old Blockbuster is one thing; to set up tables outside a strip-mall spot and make them the place the customers definitely want to sit — that takes moxie. Bill Roberts’ outside tables are surrounded by tall planters that permit the happy diner to see only treetops and blue sky, no intrusion of harsh motoring-public reality. Heated floors and overhead heaters too. And hey, you don’t have to pay to park.

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