Bistro 82 Opening Tuesday In Royal Oak: Without Sharks

February 7, 2014 | Eater

UPDATE: It has since been confirmed that the plans for the DJ booth aquarium will no longer feature sharks, and the regular fish will likely not be available for public sale.

What was once Sangria, a tapas restaurant and salsa club in Royal Oak, is now Bistro 82 and Sabrage, a two story restaurant and "ultra lounge" serving French-inspired cuisine. Developer Aaron F. Belen has spent a year and several million dollars on the space, which he hopes will become a destination spot. The Detroit Free Press reports that Bistro 82 is opening this Tuesday, February 11th, and that the lounge, Sabrage, will have its grand opening on Valentine's Day.

The chef is Derik Watson, formerly of Iridescence, but the food won't be the only draw for visitors. Picture a DJ booth...surrounded by tanks of sharks. Yes, that's right, sharks. In an article in DBusiness, Belen explains the 900 gallon aquarium:
"We'll have small black tip sharks which, as they grow, we will sell on the open market to people who have large aquariums in their homes or offices,"

Restaurant. Club. Pet store. And it all starts this Tuesday at 401 S. Lafayette.

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