Honoring the Past. Building the Future.

Elwell Grill Interior

I wonder how often our employees, residents or frequent visitors think of our slogan. I tend to think it most when a celebration occurs whether it is a ribbon cutting for a new business, a re-grand opening of an existing business that has made significant improvements to the building and changed the ambiance, or a traditional city event that we all look forward to year after year.

To me it simply means that as we move forward and experience great, new achievements we will remember how it all came to be and be grateful for the process.

I cannot think of a better example as we celebrate the opening of the new Elwell Grill at the Northeast corner of Auburn and Squirrel Court.

Honoring the past: Mr. Elwell’s history with Auburn Hills goes back nearly 50 years. He first purchased the building where the current restaurant stands in 1964.  Stewart’s Diner existed for two years before remodeling occurred and Shalea Inn came to be. The name evolved into Patrick’s Shalea Inn and then to Patrick’s. When Mr. Elwell retired in 2000, he leased the building to Kip Bourdeaux, who ran Bistro Bourdeaux for several years. The building has sat vacant for three years as the City sought a seasoned restaurant owner to take over the space.

Building the Future: Mr. Elwell recently came out of retirement to reignite his restaurant passion. Elwell Grill is open and serving up a tasty American menu. I have not had the chance to talk to Mr. Elwell personally but I can only imagine that having been such a huge influence in our Downtown for so many years he may not want to miss out on what’s coming! Maybe knowing that the Downtown area is buzzing with excitement is something anyone would want to stay a part of as the student housing/retail/parking structure is being built and the former log cabin, now known as the DEN, is going be a popular drop-in study center. Our University Center will be hoping with students attending the Avondale School’s Virtual Academy and the United College Access Network. Not to mention the businesses that are currently there and contribute significantly to the quaint feel of the community.

It is a privilege to have Elwell Grill, which has been a large part of our past, stay and continue to the building of our future.

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  • Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager


    Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

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