Yes, *very* interesting, heavy liquid.
No, I've not heard any reviews yet, however they've only been open since last week (Monday the 15th) ... they do have a website (piofsouthfield.com) but it's not up completely yet, though the couple pages that are up seems to give a bit of the flavor. http://pirest.sharpturnproductions.com/
and a press page ... http://press.piofsouthfield.com/
Note the pages are very flash intensive though (probably part of the problem)... should have a fast connection and fast computer to view them.
Tres cool that your brother was the EC at Excalibur. Back then it was my main hangout along with Manuels and a few other spots, occasionally Modesta, and occasionally places uptown (Got Rocks, Forte etc).
John Golimatis, the ex-Excalibur GM is the manager at Pi.
I was talking with him on the phone just before they opened and he was sayin that they kept the copper bar (sans the giant vases of Bird of Paradise flowers with goldfish swimming in them), and the interior isn't that beautiful lacquered wood and etched glass Italian art deco motif that they had, but he says it looks quite nice.
Unfortunately, I'm not in the area any more - I live on "the Island" in the Detroit River (no not Zug) ... trying to sell, bad market, what was I thinking.
Looking forward to getting back up there.
I went online the other day trying to figure out if the Billy Rose Quartet (Excaliburs old house band) was around performing anywhere, but it doesn't appear they are still playing (couldn't find whether Jim Paravantes, the Sinatra singer, is performing anywhere either). I've got some associates coming in from out of town next week and was lookin for somewheres to go.
Maybe I'll head up that way ... got to see how much time we'll have.