Mike and Marian Ilitch celebrated the 50th anniversary of their Little Caesars pizza empire with employees,franchise owners and executives at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
Detroit rapper Eminem, musician Kid Rock, comedian Tim Allen and talk show host Regis Philbin sent videotaped well wishes Friday.
Past Detroit Tiger players Al Kaline and Willie Horton, several current players and manager Jim Leyland, and Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock also passed along congratulations.
The Ilitch's invested $10,000 in their first Little Caesars restaurant in Garden City, about 13 miles southwest of Detroit in1959.
The company says the chain now has restaurants on fivecontinents. The family also owns the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times