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    Detroit’s Culinary Scene Heats Up

    April 26, 2017 | Metro Times

    In Oakland County, Bistro 82 is what many consider the "crown jewel" of the area's dining scene for its French-inspired menu, attention to detail, and execution.

    AFB Hospitality Group Grows Exec Team

    March 30th, 2017 | Crain's Detroit

    AFB Hospitality Group — owner of Bistro 82, The Morrie and SCL in Royal Oak — has hired three new members for its executive management team.

    2017 Restaurant of the Year: Bistro 82

    February 17, 2017 | Hour Detroit

    At first glance, Bistro 82’s menu may look like any other French bistro: steak frites, escargot, foie gras. But a closer look at each and every plate reveals what sets Bistro 82 apart: its tireless commitment to seek perfection.
    It’s easy to stick to what works; it’s another thing to scrap it and start over. This dedication to the craft permeates from the kitchen throughout the restaurant.

    Hour Detroit names Bistro 82 as 2017 Restaurant of the Year

    March 6, 2017 | Fox 2 Detroit

    (WJBK) - The March issue of Hour Detroit unveils the magazine's pick for its 2017 Restaurant of the Year: Bistro 82 in Royal Oak. Since opening in early 2014, Bistro 82 has been perfecting its French-inspired menu, from their foie gras and escargot to steak frites and scallops

    2016 Top Restaurants in Metro Detroit for Business

    December 6th, 2016 | dbusiness.com

    A private dinner, a power lunch, or a corporate event can make or break a company’s brand or image. Find the best tables and private rooms in the region.

    BISTRO 82
    One of the only destination dining locations in downtown Royal Oak, their menu features French onion soup dumplings, steak frites, daily selection of oysters and cinnamon sugar coated beignet. 401 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak, 248-542-0082, D Tues.-Sun. Brunch Sun. / $25 / Meeting Room Capacity: 18/ Valet / Wi-Fi / Best Table: Table seven, a round table that seats up to eight people.

    Don't Miss Specials

    October 13th, 2016 | Don't Miss Specials

    DON’T MISS SPECIALS There’s a handful of fantastic new
    specials on the menu at Royal Oak’s Bistro 82 (401 S. Lafayette
    Ave.) just in time for fall. Executive Chef Derik Watson has revamped
    some guest favorites with seasonal flavors that pair perfectly with its
    ever-growing wine program.

    Bistro 82 Goes Seasonal

    October 13, 2016 | Crain's Detroit Business

    Bistro 82 in Royal Oak introduced several new menu items for fall.
    Executive Chef Derik Watson, who is also the executive chef of AFB Hospitality Group's new sister restaurant, The Morrie in Royal Oak, has revamped several guest favorites with seasonal flavors

    Beyond Fine Cuisine

    October 6, 2016 | Seen Magazine

    We decided to visit Bistro 82 in Royal Oak with a couple of friends for dinner on a Sunday evening. The sophisticated decor was completed in a grey, black and white color palette with a contemporary wall painting by artist Sam Fridman of Brooklyn, New York, projecting rich color into the space.

    Chefs’ Delight

    August 25, 2016 | Jewish News

    Join famous chefs in event to benefit Friendship Circle.

    Bistro 82's orange cauliflower recipe

    August 18, 2016 | Fox 2 Detroit

    (WJBK) - This cauliflower recipe comes courtesy of Sous Chef Alex Dettwyler from Bistro 82.
    Bistro 82 in Royal Oak is located at 401 S. Lafayette Avenue. They have happy hour every Thursday from 4 p.m. to close.

    Royal Oak's soon-to-open Morrie restaurant is the latest from Bistro 82's Aaron Belen

    July 27, 2016 | Metro Times

    The site of the Morrie restaurant is busy with construction in advance of a planned late August opening, which will introduce visitors to developer Aaron Belen’s vision of casual dining in downtown Royal Oak.

    Bistro 82 names new GM

    May 26th, 2016 | Crain's Detroit Business

    AFB Hospitality Group announced the promotion of Matthew Hollander to general manager of the award-winning Bistro 82 in Royal Oak.

    Get Ready For The Morrie

    May 26th, 2016 | Detroit Jewish News

    The Morrie, an exciting new restaurant-bar-music
    venue rising on Main
    at Sixth streets in Royal Oak, is AFB
    Hospitality Group President Aaron Fenkell
    Belen’s homage to his beloved maternal
    grandfather. The venue is intended to be
    contemporary yet comfortable for everyone
    and offer a different experience on
    every visit.

    Bistro 82 named Best Oakland County Restaurant

    April 26, 2016 | Fox 2 News

    Chef Derik Watson and Scott Sadoff, Bistro 82's Director of Operations, joined us on The Nine to tell us more about the restaurant.

    Grapevine: TV actor James Wolk and Bistro 82 help Flint

    February 8, 2016 | The Detroit News

    Royal Oak’s Bistro 82 will donate 100 percent of all tips received Thursday to the United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund. The fine dining restaurant’s parent company AFB Hospitality Group will match the donations dollar for dollar.

    DETROIT CHEFS WEIGH IN ON CULINARY TRENDS FOR 2016

    January 12th, 2016 | Foodable

    Will 2016 be the year we finally bid farewell to kale salads and bacon on everything? What will be the next bacon and kale? Detroit culinary experts — Derik Watson, executive chef at Bistro 82;

    2016 Dining Guide

    January 2016 | Hour Magazine

    For those looking to enjoy the outdoors without completely hanging out in the sun, check out the sleek BISTRO 82 (Royal Oak), where seats by floor-to-ceiling picture win- dows that open completely allow you to enjoy a refreshing breeze

    Taste This Tasting Menu

    November 19, 2015 | Jewish News

    When it comes to where to eat and what to
    order, I can be a little indecisive. Just ask my
    fiancee — there’s no question she dreads
    more than “What do you want to do for dinner?” There’s
    actually an app that lets you digitally flip a quarter and,
    candidly, we use it to make that decision more often
    than I should or would like to admit

    Cheers: Brunch bonanza event set for Rust Belt Market

    November 11, 2015 | The Detroit News

    Wine & Dine at Bistro 82: This new Wednesday dining feature includes a fixed-price, five-course meal with three wine pairings. The feast starts with Chesapeake Bay oyster, followed by seared scallop and foie gras, roasted cobia (fish), flat iron steak and for dessert pumpkin genoise (sponge cake). Wednesday evenings. $75, $50 without wine. 401 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. (248) 542-0082.

    AARON BELEN, 32

    October, 10, 2015 | Crain's Detroit Business

    BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT: Realizing annual revenue of $3 million in just one year with the success of his restaurant, Bistro 82, and nightclub, Sabrage.

    Royal Oak Citizens of the Year honored for giving back

    October 7th, 2015 | Daily Tribune

    Also being honored is Aaron Belen, owner of the acclaimed Bistro 82 restaurant, as business person of the year. His AFB Hospitality Group this year donated $10,000 to the Royal Oak Smart Park project and $5,100 to the Boys & Girls Club of South Oakland County.

    FACES - Aaron F. Belen

    October, 2, 2015 | Downtown Publications

    My grandfather was the most important person in my life. I always referred to him as my best friend,” Aaron F. Belen recalls of the late Morrie Fenkell, a businessman whose bank was purchased by Huntington Bank, who remained a large Huntington shareholder. Belen, who graduated from Cranbrook in 2001 and the Barney Business School at University of Hartford in 2005, said, “I learned more from him than going to school and business school. He was clearly my mentor in life.”

    Ask the Test Kitchen: Why flat iron is one of my favorite cuts of beef

    August 13, 2015 | Detroit Free Press

    Flat iron steak with hon-shimeji mushrooms, pomme puree and lobster emulsion was one of the courses served at the Free Press’ Top 10 Takeover dinner Monday at Bistro 82 in Royal Oak. All the components of this dish were a perfect match. But the flat iron, of course, was the highlight.

    67 Michigan restaurants earn Wine Spectator awards

    July 18th, 2015 | Detroit Free Press

    Sixty-seven Michigan restaurants have been named recipients of Wine Spectator's 2015 Restaurant Awards, including 10 that achieved the Best of Award of Excellence, the second-highest level of recognition.

    Top 10 Takeover: Tickets on sale Friday for Bistro 82

    July 17, 2015 | Detroit Free Press

    Join the Feast team Aug, 10 when the Free Press takes over Bistro 82 in Royal Oak for the sixth evening of the Top 10 Takeover dining series. Earlier this year, Bistro 82 won the votes for Readers' Choice Best New Restaurant of 2015.

    The 38 Essential Detroit Restaurants, July 2015

    July 07, 2015 | Eater Detroit

    Discover upscale, destination dining and a modern bar atmosphere at Bistro 82 in Royal Oak. After opening last year, the bistro proved worthy of the #2 spot on The Detroit Free Press’s Best New Restaurants list. Try the escargot served out of the shell with puff pastry and pistou or the popular marrow appetizer.

    In The Suburbs

    July 1, 2015 | Hour Detroit

    BISTRO 82
    There has been a lot of buzz
    about this addition to Royal Oak’s
    restaurant scene. The revamped
    building has curb presence with its
    black, shiny glass exterior

    We May Not See the Likes of Gosling and Affleck If Snyder Signs Anti-Film Bill

    June 18, 2015 | Deadline Detroit

    Ryan Gosling hung out at places like Cafe D'Mongo's in downtown Detroit while filming "Lost River." George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Grant Heslov and Paul Giamatti went to Giovanni’s Ristorante in Southwest Detroit while filming the "Ides of March." And Ben Affleck and wife Jennifer Garner were spotted at Bistro 82 in Royal Oak while Affleck was filming his Batman movie.

    Metro Detroit's 14 Hottest New Brunches

    June 12, 2015 | Eater Detroit

    After a winter hiatus, Bistro 82's brunch service is back with full force. French-inspired a la carte menu items like a foie gras scramble and croque madame as well as seafood and baskets of house-baked pastries are on the menu.

    Crowd-funders say 'yes' to Royal Oak smart park

    June 11, 2015 | Hometown Life

    If money talks, then Royal Oak residents and business owners have made it clear: They want a smart park in downtown.

    DETROIT’S 15 BEST SUBURBAN RESTAURANTS

    June 11, 2015 | Thrillist

    Chef Derik Watson, previously of Iridescence, is behind one of the greatest culinary experiences to be had in the 'burbs, all in a city that isn’t exactly known for its sophisticated dining culture.

    NEW SUNDAY BRUNCH at Bistro 82

    May 28th, 2015 | The Jewish News

    NEW SUNDAY BRUNCH at Bistro 82, Royal Oak, sounds like it will have items
    many would hardly find on another such menu … It begins Sunday, May 31, and runs
    through Labor Day.

    (Almost) Foolproof Pan-Seared Scallops

    May 28, 2015 | The Detroit News

    I’ve adapted what I learned from him into my own dish with asparagus and corn saute, and it was a real hit. Now I can have restaurant-quality scallops at home and listen more intently to the specials the next time I’m dining out.

    Best of Detroit 2015

    May 15, 2015 | Detroit Metro Times

    Let's face it: People from Detroit have a little something extra. Maybe it's a little swagger. Perhaps it's a bit of attitude. You could say we know the real thing, and we can smell a phony a mile away. They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere, but we know better.

    Spring brings bunches of new metro Detroit brunches

    May 23, 2015 | Detroit Free Press

    Bistro 82's Scott Sadoff, director of operations for parent company AFB Hospitality Group, also sees spring and summer as prime season for brunch's relaxed, leisurely pace and more adventurous menus.

    Memorial Day Weekend: Outdoor Barbecues, Mead Festivals, and More

    May 21, 2015 | Eater Detroit

    Bistro 82's brunch returns Sunday. Check out the menu.

    Top 10 Takeover dinner series lineup

    May 10, 2015 | Detroit Free Press

    Bistro 82, Royal Oak. Voted the Free Press Readers' Choice Best New Restaurant in online balloting, Bistro 82 has it all: sleek, contemporary style and a menu that knocks us out with flavor and finesse.

    Royal Oak’s Bistro 82 Brings Back Sunday Brunch

    May 12, 2015 | Eater Detroit

    Royal Oak eatery Bistro 82 is bringing back its summer series of Sunday brunches on May 31. The restaurant will offer French-inspired a la carte menu items like a foie gras scramble and croque madame as well as seafood.

    10 Last-Minute Mother's Day Reservations for Procrastinators

    May 7th, 2015 | Eater Detroit

    Dish & Design event focuses on dinner party planning

    April 23, 2015 | The Detroit News

    When it comes to throwing the ultimate spring dinner party, preparation and planning are important for the meal and table decor, but have fun with it.

    The 38 Essential Detroit Restaurants, April 2015

    April 7, 2015 | Eater Detroit

    It's time for a new edition of the Detroit Eater 38. This quarterly list seeks to identify city's key dining establishments (with a few representatives from the suburbs). The 38 is Eater's answer to that age-old question, "Can you recommend a restaurant..."

    Cravings

    April 2015 | Hour Magazine

    AARON F. BELEN, proprietor of Royal Oak’s hot Bistro 82 and Sabrage, proclaims that he “absolutely loves
    Phoenicia in Birmingham.

    Surprise! Eatery picks up diners' $5,182.19 Tab

    February 13, 2015 | USA TODAY

    DETROIT — Guests who dined at Royal Oak's Bistro 82 were shocked when they received their dinner bills Wednesday night — but not because the amounts were higher than expected.
    In fact, it was all free, courtesy of owner Aaron F. Belen's AFB Hospitality Group.

    DJ Konflikt lights up Sabrage

    March 19, 2015 | The Detroit News

    After winning a $7.4 million lawsuit last week, Marvin Gaye's family now is signaling that it wants to negotiate songwriting credits and royalties for "Blurred Lines," which a jury decided infringed upon Gaye's 1977 song "Got to Give it Up." The Motown icon's three children — Nona, Frankie and Marvin III — filed an injunction Tuesday to stop distribution of the Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams song.

    NOW WE KNOW WHY BISTRO 82 WAS NAMED BEST NEW RESTAURANT

    March 6, 2015 | Chick In The Mitt

    Last time we wrote about Bistro 82 we told you alllllll about their amazing happy hour. In that same post, we promised to fill you in on their dinner menu and The Chicks don’t like to disappoint. So without further ado – let’s chat about the incredible dinning experience we had at Bistro 82

    Bistro 82 • By Esther Allweiss Ingber

    February 26, 2015 | The Jewish News

    If attentive service and a handsome setting matter to you as much as access to first-rate food and beverages, then you can’t do much better than Bistro 82 and Sabrage Lounge, kicking up the excitement level in downtown Royal Oak. Bistro 82, winner of last year’s Jewish News readers’ poll for Best New Restaurant, is located on South Lafayette at the corner of Fourth Street.

    A Good Start!

    February 26, 2015 | The Jewish News

    Surviving the first and second years may point to longer life for a restaurant. One- or two-year restaurant anniversaries are usually good barometers of things to come for their smart owners and operators … It may prove that many of the usual kinks have been removed and that any stormy times might have ended …

    Cheers: Fill up during Royal Oak Restaurant Week

    February 24, 2015 | Detroit Free Press

    With Detroit’s dining scene enjoying a new restaurant debut nearly every week, it’s easy to forget about suburban destinations.

    Bistro 82: Cauliflower Romesco

    February 19, 2015 | Detroit Free Press

    Romesco is a tomato and red pepper-based sauce with nuts. In this recipe from Bistro 82, Marcona almonds are the nut of choice, giving the sauce a sweet flavor.
    The espelette pepper is a chili pepper that hails from France's Basque region. Look for it in ground form at some specialty stores. You can substitute hot Hungarian paprika.

    Readers' Choice Best New Restaurant: Bistro 82

    February 18, 2015 | Detroit Free Press

    Diners have spoken: Bistro 82 in Royal Oak is the Free Press Readers Choice Best New Restaurant of 2015.
    "We were pleasantly surprised," owner Aaron F. Belen said after votes were tallied from the roughly weeklong online voting period in which readers were asked to declare their favorite of the many new restaurants that opened in metro Detroit between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 last year.

    Detroit Bistro surprises guests, picks up all dinner tabs

    February 17, 2015 | The American Genius

    So you finally take your girlfriend out for that (early) Valentine’s Day dinner you promised her months ago. You say she can get whatever she wants, and that money is a non-issue, hoping that she doesn’t take you up on that.
    But, on this fateful night, she decides to get two appetizers, the most expensive entree on the menu, and enough dessert to level an ox.

    Detroit restaurant picks up $5,000 tab for diners

    February 16, 2015 | Fox News

    Diners at Detroit’s Bistro 82 got sticker shock --in a good way-- when they got their dinner bills last Wednesday.

    Cupid sends bitter cold across Metro Detroit on Valentine's Day

    February 15, 2015 | WXYZ Channel 7

    OAKLAND COUNTY (WXYZ) - Erin Zupicich of Royal Oak braved bitterly cold temperatures to dine out on Valentine’s Day.

    Restaurant Surprises Diners With $5,182 Worth of Comped Meals

    February 13, 2015 | Eater National

    Guests who dined at Detroit restaurant/stone cold stunner Bistro 82 received quite the surprise on their checks Wednesday night. According to Eater Detroit, the bills diners received totaled out to zero: Owner Aaron F. Belen decided to comp every diner's meal that night in secret celebration of the restaurant's one-year anniversary.

    Royal Oak Restaurateur's Big $10,000 Jaw-Dropping Moment

    February 13, 2015 | Patch.com

    Bistro 82 observed its first anniversary by paying guests’ checks – then matched that amount with a check to a treasured local charity.

    Owner of Bistro 82 in Royal Oak picks up $5,128 tab for all diners, gives same amount to Boys & Girls Club

    February 14, 2015 | Macomb Daily

    Dozens of diners at Bistro 82 in Royal Oak — along with the Boys & Girls Club — all got a delicious treat from the owner as he celebrated the eatery’s one-year anniversary.

    Bistro 82 Picks Up a $5,182 Tab

    February 13, 2015 | Eater.com

    One Year In—Wednesday evening Bistro 82, winner of Eater's 2014 Stone Cold Stunner Award, picked up the tab for all of it's customers, a sum total of $5,182.19, in honor of their one-year anniversary.

    Surprise! Bistro 82 picks up $5,182.19 in dinner tabs

    February 12, 2015 | Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press

    The total tab for the night was $5,182.19 in complimentary food and beverages and $5,182.19 in contributions to the youth organization.
    The unannounced gift to guests was in celebration of the restaurant's first anniversary and was Belen's way, he said, "of saying thank you to the people who've been loyal supporters and helped me fulfill our dream of bringing these two concepts to Michigan and Royal Oak."

    BISTRO 82 OWNER LEAVES GUESTS WITH THEIR WALLETS AS FULL AS THEIR STOMACHS

    February 12, 2015 | Chick in The Mitt

    If you chose Bistro 82 as your restaurant of choice Wednesday night, you were pleasantly surprised to find yourself leaving with your wallet just as full as your stomach. To celebrate their 1st Anniversary, owner, Aaron Belen, picked up everyone’s dinner & drink tab and donated the grand total of $5,182.19 to the Boys & Girls Club of Royal Oak.

    Owner of Bistro 82 buys dinner for all guests

    February 12, 2015 | By Stephen Frye, The Oakland Press

    Diners at Bistro 82 in Royal Oak were treated to a surprise Wednesday night: Owner Aaron Belen paid their dinner tabs in honor of the restaurant’s first anniversary. And now he'll be donating the night's revenue -- $5,182.19 -- to the Boys & Girls Club in Royal Oak.

    Bistro 82 In Studio With Coop And The Detroit Free Press

    February 9th, 2015 | 98.7 Amp Radio

    Royal Oak’s finest new restaurant hit up the studios this morning with some ridiculously delicious fine dining to celebrate and promote being named the runner-up for the Detroit Free Press’ “Best Restaurants of 2015.”

    SC: A local Playmate finalist; Bistro 82 celebrates

    February 12, 2015 | The Detroit News

    The Playmate next door
    Among the bevy of finalists this year for Playboy's Playmate of the Year is Jessica Ashley of Bloomfield Hills. Ashley was Miss June 2014 and is Miss January 2015 in German Playboy. A graduate of UM, Ashley loves to read and write and is currently spending a lot of time on her endeavor, the WWWW Project, (Women with World Wonders). "It aims to inspire beautiful young women around the globe through photography, beauty and confidence training," Ashley said.

    Best New Restaurant No. 2: Bistro 82

    February 05, 2015 | FREEP

    When Bistro 82 opened early last year in Royal Oak, the sophistication and finesse of executive chef Derik Watson's refined French bistro cuisine took diners by surprise.

    METROPOLITAN DETROIT DINING GUIDE 2015

    January 15, 2015 | Hour Magazine

    A Vibrant Scene
    Metro Detroit diners benefit as a rapidly growing list of impressive new eateries join the wealth of enduring classics. There’s a lot to cheer about on the vibrant 2015 restaurant scene.

    2014 Recap: Ben Affleck Trades in Japanese Cars for GM and Ford Autos

    December 28th, 2014 | Deadline Detroit

    ...Affleck and his wife, Jennifer Garner, have been exploring the area and celebrated their ninth anniversary at Bistro 82 in Royal Oak in June, Hinds writes...

    Friends of Eater Recall Their Single Best Meals of 2014

    December 31, 2014 | Detroit Eater

    As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. We've already covered the restaurant standbys, top newcomers, 2014 in one word, best dining neighborhood...

    What Were the Top Restaurant Newcomers of 2014?

    December, 29 2014 | Detroit Eater

    It is a tradition at Eater to survey friends, industry types, and bloggers at the end of each year. Welcome to the second of these posts, where we ask them (and ourselves) what were the best new restaurant this year.

    Ten restaurants worth sampling in the new year

    January 2, 2015 | The Detroit News

    A sophisticated dining room is matched by the kitchen headed by executive chef Derik Watson, whose experience includes stints in Chicago and Las Vegas as well as Detroit. He and the staff turn out beautiful plates that look just as good as...

    DETROIT'S 11 BEST NEW RESTAURANTS OF 2014

    November 19, 2014 | Thrillist

    It seems like every year, eating in Detroit gets better and better (though some things never change). 2014 was no exception. Get yourself to the best places that opened this year as you build up a protective layer of warmth for winter.

    The 2014 Eater Awards for Detroit

    November 17, 2014 | Eater Detroit

    It is time now—drumroll, trumpets, gongs—to announce the winners of the 2014 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 24 cities, the winners comprise a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters in the continent that have defined this year in dining. We applaud them. You are hereby instructed to applaud them.

    Batman v Superman: 10 reasons why Detroit benefited from Zack Snyder's work here

    November 01, 2014 | MLive

    I'm staying away from the political squabble pertaining to Michigan's film industry, its incentive program and recent "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" filming here.

    Visit Hot Spot: November

    November, 2013 | Hour Detroit

    Bistro 82 /// The interesting happy hour menu served in the bar from 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday is attracting attention at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown Royal Oak. Chef Derik Watson and crew are dishing up niceties including salmon tartare, Parmesan pommes frites, French bread pizzas, Prince Edward Island mussels, and East Coast oysters — and not a chicken wing in sight — to go along with bubbly and craft beer on tap and a nice selection of wine and liquor at bargain prices.

    Fall Old Fashioned

    November, 2014 | Hour Detroit

    "We take 4 liters of Bulleit and pour them out into a clean container,” says beverage director and assistant general manager Matthew Hollander. “We then add 16 cinnamon sticks, three whole star anise, and five oranges that have been peeled and sliced. We let this sit for about a week until tasting to determine whether or not we are satisfied.” “The color, flavor profile, and slight bit of spice make you think of fall,” Hollander says. “ Our goal was to create a drink that is well balanced, not too complex, and that tastes great. Plus, chef loves it and that’s always important!”

    Royal Oak's Citizen of the Year engages community life

    October 10, 2014 | Daily Tribune

    Judy Davids, Royal Oak’s new community engagement specialist, once overheard her husband tell someone that what she would like to do all day is talk about Royal Oak, in Royal Oak, to Royal Oakers.

    “He’s right about that,” she said. “There’s no place I’d rather be.”

    Raise the Bar: Sabrage has swank, champagne, and sophistication

    Oct 8, 2014 | Detroit Metro Times

    It's been seven months since Sabrage opened up on South Lafayette in Royal Oak. The space once belonged to Sangria's Sky Club, but after a multi-million dollar renovation, the upper level lounge couldn't look any different.

    Cravings - Bistro 82 - Andiamo Italia

    May 27, 2014 | HOUR Detroit Magazine

    Their stylish menus are enticing enough to attract a loyal clientele of discriminating diners, but no matter how expert they are, restaurant people like to take a break from their own kitchens for a taste of someone else’s cooking.

    Dine in the D: Bistro 82

    Aug 08 2014 | Click On Detroit

    2014 Best Dressed List

    August 27, 2014 | HOUR Detroit Magazine

    [First Impression] Bistro 82

    September 5, 2014 | thehungrydudes.com

    Bistro 82 serves approachable, French inspired cuisine. Execution is impressive. Flavors are exquisite. I had the pleasure of dining with two friends while experiencing one great dish after another with superbly paired wine.

    Belen and Bennett's Soiree

    | The Social Aid

    To say this one was slightly over the top would be an understatement… but in an oh-so-delicious way. Aaron F. Belen and Bistro 82/Sabrage along with Chuck Bennett and The Social D hosted an exclusive private party, dubbed Soiree 1, that left guests wanting for nothing. Held in the sleekly-designed Sabrage lounge upstairs from Bistro 82 in Royal Oak, some 200 Metro Detroit A-listers showed up to get their party on.

    Ben Affleck: Detroit 'made a big impression on me'

    September 29, 2014 | freep.com

    Ben Affleck can't talk about what happens in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" or the specifics of what's going on with the filming in metro Detroit on the Warner Bros. superhero blockbuster.

    Your New Happy Hour Haven

    October 2, 2014 | Chick In the Mitt

    When I sat down to write this post I truly didn’t know where to begin. No – not because I had writers block (which is usually the case) but because Bistro 82 has TOO MANY impressive aspects of their restaurant to cover in one article – which for Bistro 82 is a great problem to have.

    A Bite On The Town

    | HOUR Detroit Magazine

    In Ferndale, between L.A.-style tacos, Lebanese,
    and fine dining, food lovers aren’t lacking in options.
    Seemingly under the radar — but worth a try — is
    John D Bistro, which has been open for two years since
    taking over the former Club Bart. It dishes up new
    American fare in a modern, posh space that features a
    plush banquette decked out with a mirror trim as well
    as more traditional tables and ample stools at the bar
    where craft beers and craft cocktails are both available.
    The lounge decor sets the scene for a diverse crowd;
    it’s a spot where you can take mom for brunch or your
    friends for bottle service.

    Sunday brunch is worthy addition to 4-star Bistro 82

    June 11, 2014 | freep.com

    Bistro 82 in Royal Oak opened in February to near-universal accolades, including a four-star rating from the Free Press, so the culinary bar was high when sous chef Norman Fenton was tasked with writing the menu for the restaurant’s new brunch, which debuted June 1.

    A Blend of Experience

    May 2014 | Ambassador Mag

    Colman shares Rogers’ sentiment. “I just try to eat healthy. Eat
    light, keep it tight. That’s it,” he says. “It’s been a super rough winter in
    terms of the weather, so I’m just looking forward to the weather being
    nice and being outside getting on the boat, being on a lake. Just being
    outside in general; I think we all deserve it.”

    Restaurant Review: Bistro 82

    May 19, 2014 | Metro Times

    “Ability takes you to the top. Character keeps you there,” boasts the Bistro 82 website. It’s a good motto, and it sets a tone for the experience of Bistro 82 that carries through everything they do.

    At home with: Chef Derik Watson

    MAY 15, 2014 | Detroit News

    Yet the chef still manages to prepare meals at home once or twice a week for his fiancée, Tara, and their two daughters, Marley, 4, and Adria, 2. (By the way, Adria was named after iconic Spanish chef Ferran Adria, owner of the world-renowned El Bulli restaurant, which recently closed in Spain.)

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140515/LIFESTYLE05/305150018#ixzz32wiGb8Pa

    A Solid Start

    May 2014 | HOUR Detroit Magazine

    The first thing you need to know about Bistro 82 is that the food is terrific and well worth a visit.

    Bistro 82!

    May 2014 | StyleLine Magazine

    Royal Oak might attract a younger crowd, but not every restaurant caters to
    that notion. With the recent arrival of Bistro 82, in the former Sangria space,
    comes an entirely new point of view. Scott Sadoff, director of operations,
    shares the juicy details about what’s already known as the talk of the town.

    Society Confidential: 'Bob Benson' does Royal Oak

    April 25th, 2014 | The Detroit News

    “Pete Campbell” bristled about having to go to see GM execs in Detroit in last week’s episode of “Mad Men,” largely because his handsome nemesis, “Bob Benson,” was there.

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140425/ENT09/304250035#ixzz32wkxTppf

    Trendy Destination

    April 17th, 2014 | The Jewish News

    The only restaurant experience
    that the late philanthropist Morris
    “Morrie” Fenkell had was providing
    food for eateries from the Fenkell
    Packing Co. that he and his brothers had
    at Eastern Market years ago … or having
    lunch with his employees as...

    Sylvia Rector's Great Plates: Bone marrow at Bistro 82

    April 6, 2014 | Detroit Free Press

    Bone marrow still isn’t a dish you see everywhere, but neither is it really new. It began appearing locally on upscale restaurant menus at least a half-dozen years ago, about the time chefs began embracing charcuterie and nose-to-tail-cooking practices to try to use every part of an animal.

    The 7 best restaurants to hit Detroit this Winter

    March 26, 2014 | Thrillest

    In the Detroit restaurant scene, there’s always something new popping up (sometimes literally), and although it may have been still remains cold, snowy, windy, and all-around awful outside, several brave souls have opened new spots worth your time in any weather. Here are seven of ‘em:

    BISTRO 82 BRINGS WORLD CLASS DINING TO DOWNTOWN ROYAL OAK

    | HELL YEAH DETROIT

    You are greeted warmly once you open the door and after you settle in, it’s easy to realize Bistro 82 is a cool place. A place where after a meal you can move to the bar, have a few drinks and listen to good music.

    Clean, well lit and with a modern architecture that makes the diner curious for what treasures are going to come from the kitchen, Bistro 82 is one of the more enticing things to happen in Royal Oak for awhile.

    Chicken Pappardelle from Bistro 82

    March 14, 2014 | FOX 2 NEWS

    In a stand mixer using the dough hook attachment, combine the flour and salt and mix on low speed to incorporate the two ingredients evenly. In a separate bowl, crack the eggs, add the extra virgin olive oil and whisk gently to incorporate the whites with the yolks. Slowly add the egg mixture to the flour in the mixer. Increase the speed on notch and mix until a ball of dough is formed and the sides on the mixing bowl has become "clean." Remove from the mixing bowl and cut the dough ball in half.

    Scotty Simpson's Fish & Chips; Critics Love Bistro 82's Sophisticated Cuisine

    March 13, 2014 | EATER

    'Tis the Lenten season, so the normally forgettable fish & chips meal is back in the spotlight, and Scotty Simpson's simple but just right version is Sylvia Rector's "Great Plate" this week. She adores the history (it's been around since 1950) and the quality of the ingredients, whole cod and cabbage heads prepared fresh every morning by owner Harold (Harry) Barber, age 62, "

    Royal Oak's new Bistro 82 serving up beautiful plates From The Detroit News

    MARCH 12, 2014 | HE DETROIT NEWS

    t’s a stunning transformation. The two-story space on the corner of Fourth and Lafayette in downtown Royal Oak where Bistro 82 and the upstairs Sabrage are taking root could win an architectural award as well as a culinary one for its clean, contemporary look.

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140312/ENT03/303120009#ixzz2yJLKM400

    Royal Oak's new Bistro 82 delivers a sure, sophisticated take on French bistro cuisine

    March 11, 2014 | Detroit Free Press

    Bistro 82's diverse starters include the eye-catching, rice-paper-wrapped crudité vegetables with peanut sauce — reminiscent of Vietnamese fresh rolls. The French bistro opened in February and is set in the renovated, expanded site of the old Sangria restaurant in Royal Oak.

    Bistro 82 & Sabrage

    February 26, 2014 | REAL DETROIT WEEKLY

    When Aaron Fenkell Belen returned my phone call last Thursday, he spoke with a great deal of intensity and passion. His restaurant Bistro 82 and accompanying ultra lounge, Sabrage, had been open for almost two weeks and things seem to be going quite well. There's been plenty of coverage and reviews seem to be overwhelmingly positive. With a multi-million dollar overhaul of the space itself, Belen has assuredly taken the former Sangria to new heights.

    Take A Look At The Modern Interior Of Bistro 82/Sabrage

    February 14, 2014 | Eater

    Bistro 82 and Sabrage, the new restaurant and "ultra lounge" in the old Sangria space in Royal Oak, are the product of a year-long renovation costing several million dollars. The bistro opened Tuesday, February 11th, and Sabrage is having its grand opening tomorrow for Valentine's day. The space is very contemporary with just a few splashes of color, and a giant fish tank upstairs. The tank was originally meant for sharks, but that plan was scrapped in favor of regular fish (who appear a bit lonely at the moment, but hopefully they'll have more friends moving in soon).