A Shelby Township restaurant that made headlines when the owner was charged with is under new management.
The former has been changed to Il Pomo d'oro, bringing a more casual Italian dining experience at more affordable meal and wine prices.
Jack LoMedico serves as the new restaurant's managing partner and has more than 20 years experience in the food and beverage industry. LoMedico was assistant general manager for the Wolfgang Puck Grill at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino and also ran ran Bistro 555 in Greektown. An investment group backs the new business.
"Our goal is to be an old-school restaurant where you get a lot of food for a good value," LoMedico said, noting many of the dishes are under $15.
The change comes on the heels of a tumultuous year for Tirami Su following the arrest of owner Pietro Ventimiglia.
The D'Annas have been charged with attempted murder, extortion and witness intimidation for the attack stemming from Ventimiglia's plans for expansion, according to police. in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens, court records show.
"Tirami Su had been talking about moving on for a while and when the investor group came in with a good offer, it was a better move for them," LoMedico said. "Tirami Su ... was a very thriving business at one point, so we said 'Let's take the best of them and the best of us and put it together.'"
The fine-dining experience has been switched to a casual atmosphere. The restaurant opened Sept. 12 with fresh red paint on the business exterior and a new sign, among other renovations.
Hours are: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon-Thurs.; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.