• Shopping & Dining

  • Joe’s Produce, a three-generation family business in operation for more than 70 years, began a significant project to revamp the look of its adjacent strip center late in 2016. The 577-foot-long strip center is home to additional food retailers owned by Joe’s Produce and other tenants. When this work is finished, the entire property on Seven Mile Road just east of Farmington will have been completely rebuilt over the past decade.

    Abbey’s Flooring and Design began work on a complete rebuild of its carpeting and flooring operation on Farmington Road north of Six Mile. The 18,000-square-foot structure, initially built as a grocery store decades ago, will have a new-look exterior, a second-story addition for meeting and storage space, and revamped showroom.

    Two new taverns are in the works on Plymouth Road, as new owners were in the process of redeveloping former restaurants in winter 2016-17. Black Label Tavern is scheduled to open near Stark Road, and a microbrewery, Supernatural Spirits and Brewery, is to open at the intersection of Ann Arbor Road.

    O’Malley’s on Farmington Road just south of Five Mile Road underwent a comprehensive renovation of its interior and exterior, which provided more dining space, stage for live entertainment, and plans for creating outdoor dining space.  

    An extensive series of construction and renovation projects along Middlebelt Road, south of Schoolcraft, continued into its third year in 2016. Party City and AutoZone were added to complete the large strip center attached to JoAnn Fabrics, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Rally House. Construction for an auto repair center (Goodyear Tire Center) and two casual-dining restaurants (Popeye’s and Panda Express) were scheduled to be completed in 2017. Overall, nearly 400,000 square feet of new and redeveloped was completed for retail and dining businesses since 2013.

    Construction finished November 2016 for the city’s first Sonic Restaurant on Seven Mile Road west of Middlebelt Road, at the former Baker’s Square Restaurant site.

    On Haggerty Road between Seven Mile and Eight Mile roads, Twin Peaks Restaurant opened at a redeveloped site in 2016, and plans were approved to expand the Costco Wholesale store in 2017.

    In the middle of a sports-craved region, Livonia is home to a number of trendy sports bars that are lively during professional and major college games.  A number of these locations underwent renovations in recent years, such as 1-Under Craft Beers and Eats on Five Mile Road, George Murphy’s at the Creek on Seven Mile Road, Coaches Corner on Farmington Road, Tin Cup on Newburgh Road, Bar Louie on Six Mile Road, and Time Out Sports Bar and Grill on Plymouth Road.

    Livonia is home to one of Michigan’s two Dave & Busters locations, which provided a large venue for food and drink, video games, and watching games, and attracts patrons from hours away.

    One of metro Detroit’s finest restaurant corridors is along Haggerty Road. These fine-dining establishments along Livonia’s western border include Andiamo’s, Bravo!, Mitchell’s Fish Market, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.

    Livonia is home to one of the largest collections of banquet and conference facility space in Michigan with Laurel Manor, Burton Manor, Schoolcraft College VisTaTech Center, St. Mary’s Cultural Center, Italian-American Club of Livonia, and several hotels and restaurants with meeting space.