The popular summer brunch at Royal Oak’s Bistro 82 is back (401 S. Lafayette Ave.). Brunch is available weekly on Sundays, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., followed by happy hour and dinner service at 4 p.m. Some of the highlights from this summer’s brunch menu include jumbo cinnamon rolls, steak and eggs (featuring a New York Strip and charred broccolini), fried chicken and waffles and s’mores pancakes — three graham pancakes with cacao nibs, marshmallow fluff and chocolate syrup.
There’s a new summer menu at Walled Lake’s C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse (1403 S. Commerce Road). Executive Chef Jeff Rose has expanded a number of guest favorites and added some fresh summer dishes, many of which are gluten-free. Don’t miss the smoked brisket nachos with house-made salsa and the arugula salad with champagne vinaigrette.
Inspired By Buddy’s
New Yorkers may love their folding, thin-crust Neapolitan pizzas, but Emmy Squared in Brooklyn has imported the signature Detroit deep-dish style (364 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY). The new Williamsburg restaurant from Matt and Emily Hyland is a hit with Motor City transplants, though the husband-wife restauranteurs have no Midwest background. Instead, they tell the New York Post they’ve been shipping in pies from Buddy’s as an inspiration and perfecting their own take on the recipe over the last year. Matt Hyland says they don’t just mimic the iconic chain celebrating its 70th year in business — instead they’ve stuck to a more traditional marinara sauce and use different cheese options.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe marked a major milestone earlier this week, opening its 500th location Monday (35599 Warren Road, Westland). This is the 37th Michigan location for the fast-casual cafe concept, known for health food fare and tropical-themed smoothies. There are plans for an additional 42 openings across the state, with 20 more planned for Metro Detroit. More than 100 cafes are expected to open across the Midwest in the next few years.
Dunkin’ Brands is also planning a regional expansion, with 20 Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins outlets set to appear across Metro Detroit. The company operates 68 local franchises across its brands and nearly 20,000 globally. The company has its highest average weekly sales in the Detroit market and makes sizeable contributions to local charities — including some $40,000 to Gleaners Community Food Bank in the last two years alone.
Don’t miss big savings at the Weekend Madness sale this weekend (June 16-18) at the Boardwalk in West Bloomfield. Hersh’s (6901 Orchard Lake Road) is open late with extended hours.
Best Of Party
Tickets are still available for Hour Detroit’s 2016 Best of Detroit Party at MotorCity Casino Hotel on Friday, June 24 (2901 Grand River Ave.). The event will showcase the best local restaurants, bars, style and entertainment as voted by the magazine’s readers in its 17th annual poll. The evening will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from more than 30 restaurants. Visit www.ticketmaster.com for more information.
Mazel Tov …
To Eric and Lori Dermer on their marriage.
To Emily Jaffe and Ross Tashjian on their engagement.
To Alex, Matthew and Samantha Orley on their Swarovski Award for Menswear for Orley at the 2016 CFDA Awards.
To Jack Entertainment (formerly Rock Gaming) on the official opening of the rebranded Jack Cincinnati Casino.
To Chef Hassan Musselmani of the Drunken Rooster food truck, named an Eater Young Guns 2016 semifinalist. Musselmani was featured on Season 15 of Hell’s Kitchen — look for the Drunken Rooster around Metro Detroit all summer.
Happy birthday to Jeremy Crane, Vivian Henoch, Ken Gross, Jenna Sakwa, Matt Kessler, Jamie Krasman, Aaron Baum and Natalie Weltsher.
My condolences to the family of Marjorie S. Fisher — know that our community mourns with you as you honor her legacy at this difficult time.