Reputations matter in the restaurant business, as in any customer-service field. So when word got out in September that Como's Restaurant and Pizzeria on Woodward Avenue in Ferndale was shut for serious health code violations, its reputation sank like a cinder block in a swimming pool.
Oakland County One-Fifteen News reported that Como’s had years of repeat violations and failed attempts at resolving them before the Oakland County Food Service Appeal Board voted unanimously to revoke its license on Sept. 21. Some of the violations involved insects, mold, employee smoking in food areas and unsafe storage.
Two weeks ago, the restaurant -- run by the Grego family since 1961 -- reopened after changes to address the code violations and upgrade quality. It installed new kitchen equipment, hired a new executive chef, changed the new menu and retrained all food handlers.
This weekend is an official reopening.
Deadline Detroit stopped by Como's on Friday afternoon to chat with owner George Grego about the comeback.