New ownership for Assagi Bistro in Ferndale

The casual and elegant Italian-inspired bistro, Assagi Bistro has changed hands. George Gize and Josie Knapp owned the Ferndale establishment for over 20 years. The pair have retired and Jordan Smith, along with several investors, including his parents Karen and Doug Smith of Beverly Hills, are the new owners. Karen and Doug Smith are also assisting in day-to-day operations. Jordan Smith is originally from the local area, but since 2008, he has spent time honing his front and back of house restaurant skills in New York and San Francisco. “We retained all the staff who make this place what it is today,” said Smith. The long-standing chef, Dave Ha, remains on staff. Smith notes that many of their customers are regulars who visit Assagi each and every week. House favorites include house made gnocchi with wild mushroom cream sauce, and truffle oil; perch featuring cannellini beans, Tuscan kale, lemon and caper beurre blanc; pan seared day boat scallops with roasted parsnip risotto and parmesan; and veal scallopini accompanied by house made gnocchi, artichokes, tomatoes, capers, and lemon white wine sauce. Inside, Assagi accommodates 100 people with seating available on their outdoor patio for 75 guests. 330 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale assaggibistro.com





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