Mike Wallau temporarily closed his eponymous restaurant at 2680 Middlefield Road in January for a major renovation. In 2017, he had taken over the adjacent site of the former Peninsula Hardware with plans to expand.
"We ended up pretty much having to redo the whole space — all the electrical, wiring, plumbing was so outdated," Wallau said. "Everything is brand new."
For 23 years, Mike's has served humble comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu will largely be the same as before, Wallau said, though with a larger kitchen, the restaurant will be making more in house, including pasta, bread and pizza dough. There will also be a full bar and outdoor seating.
Wallau, who was born and raised in Midtown and still lives a few blocks from the restaurant, said customers have been repeatedly calling and stopping by to ask when he'll be open again.
Stay tuned for a firm opening date.