Bistro 82 to open in Royal Oak on Tuesday

February 6, 2014 | Detroit Free Press

Royal Oak’s new Bistro 82 French-inspired restaurant is scheduled to open Tuesday, a spokesman for developer AFB Hospitality Group said today.

Sabrage, the restaurant’s upstairs ultra-lounge — complete with onyx bar, world-class sound system and aquarium at the DJ stand — will open officially Feb. 14, the spokesman said, although an earlier soft opening is likely.

Bistro 82 and Sabrage are at 401 S. Lafayette in the former homeof the Sangria tapas restaurant and lounge.

Purchased by developer Aaron F. Belen, the building has undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion over the last year to become what he envisions as a destination dining and nightlife experience.

Bistro 82’s chef is Derik Watson, who has previously worked at the Rugby Grille in Birmingham, the former Tribute in Farmington Hills, Takashi restaurant in Chicago, David Burke’s Modern American Restaurant in Las Vegas and Iridescence at MotorCity Casino Hotel.

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