Famous Detroit Ham Place For Sale
Mike’s famous Ham Place is for sale in Detroit. First reported in BridgeDetroit last week, the owner Mike Muftari is looking to retire after running the place since 1974. Did you know it was called “Liles” for five years before he changed the name to “Mikes Famous Ham Place” – and Mike’s has been there (in one name or another) for over sixty years.
It’s a Ham Place First and Foremost
What’s on the menu? Ham. And after that? Ham. Watch this video from our friends at WDIV from back in 2019 to get an idea:
Mike’s famous Ham Place is for sale in Detroit.
Mike would love to find a buyer for the place (he’s in his 70’s and feels it time to retire – hell he’s been serving ham since 1974!). Mike definitely wants it to remain a Ham place…as does everybody else in the community. Mikes is in Hamtramck at 3700 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
How much to buy Mike’s Ham place? According to a real estate listing, it’s priced at $545,000.
Remember when we lost Liles in Dearborn?
Of course last year Liles closed in Dearborn after 60 years in business.
Couple of years ago Channel 7 did a great piece about the simple magic of Lile’s (great ham sandwiches and soup)…simple done right (with a cool bunch of people running it).
I’ve got a ton of friends in the food service industry, and all of them talk about how hard these times have been. For a place like Lile’s that had a steady flow of people working at Ford to make it through Covid and keep going is a testament to the passion Harry has for Liles. But we get it – there’s a point of diminished returns and unfortunately that means no more sandwiches and soup like this.
Nothing fancy – just real food. I wonder how many people have memories of going to Lile’s in Dearborn?
Doesn’t it feel like we’re losing more and more of these places in Detroit? I live in Waterford and recently the owner of Rocket Burger announced he was closing after 50 years (famous burger place on Baldwin in Pontiac). During Covid we really tried to highlight as many local places as possible to keep it going – and time and time again the passion and loyalty to their customers was evident.
I hope we keep Mike’s Famous Ham – and someone sees the value in it. Because we need these institutions in Detroit.