Food Truck Rally
West Bloomfield Youth Assistance (WBYA), which works each year to steer local youth in positive directions, will host a Food Truck Rally in partnership with Orchard Mall from 5-9:30 p.m. Friday, June 8. Participants include Kona Ice, Hello Marla Ice Cream, Concrete Cusine, GoCheez, Street Side Sushi, The Mean Weenie, Detroit BBQ, Grillwich Tot Shop, Buffy’s Mexi-Casian, Delectabowl and more.
The event activities will include free parking and entry, live music, a beer and wine tent, free bounce houses, games and local business/sponsor tables.
The event is family-friendly. All proceeds raised will go to West Bloomfield Youth Assistance.
“We feel that this fundraiser is a win-win for both us and the community,” said Curt Lawson, Deputy Police Chief of West Bloomfield Township and Chairman of WBYA. “Funds raised from this event will let WBYA do even more for kids throughout the greater West Bloomfield area. Secondly, we are bringing the community together for a pretty cool event we haven’t seen on this scale within West Bloomfield.”
Although WBYA has traditionally relied on government funding, it hopes to change that model as it expands its program offerings, which include parenting programs, summer camp scholarships, Mentor’s PLUS and youth recognition.
The 2018 West Bloomfield Food Truck Rally is sponsored in part by Motown Digital and Axis Music Academy.
Speakeasy, Arcade Coming To Mr. B’s
Mr. B’s Gastropub, an iconic dining and nightlife destination in the heart of downtown Royal Oak, has three new projects in the works: a speakeasy, vintage arcade and exterior mural — all debuting early this summer.
The underground and hidden speakeasy, named Johnny’s, is expected to open in June. Guests will access the speakeasy through a back staircase accessible from an exterior kitchen door, with an entrance inside disguised as a cooler door. The 1,500-square-foot space, which seats up to 42 guests, features a long bar with an additional 12 seats, TVs and A/V capabilities for private party use.
Johnny’s will serve Prohibition-era style food, including porcini mushroom and gorgonzola soufflé, rosemary demi and lamb chop lollypops, lump crab napoleon, lobster mac and cheese, vegan cassoulet and a craft cocktail menu.
Additionally, Mr. B’s Gastropub has officially opened the first-ever arcade in Royal Oak. The arcade, which includes a selection of more than 20 vintage and classic games, is open during the restaurant’s normal business hours.
The arcade features quarter-operated games like Atari: Crystal Castles, Centipede/Millipede Missile Command, Demolition Man, electronic dart boards, Foosball, Marvel Vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, Ms. Pacman-Galaga, Nintendo: Cruis’n World, Nintendo: Killer Instinct 2, Shuffleboard, Skee Ball “Beer Ball” and SportStation NFL Blitz/NBA Showtime, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Target: Terror, Time Crisis II, Tekken and The Simpsons.
Kids under age 12 will receive a free game token when they come in with their parents while dining. In addition to the opening of the arcade, Mr. B’s Gastropub hosts Trivia Night every Tuesday with Sporcle Live, with games starting at both 8 and 9 p.m. Mr. B’s Gastropub also has classic board games available weeknights for diners by request.
The restaurant has also commissioned a 96-square-foot pop art portrait on the east exterior wall of the building. Lisa Littell, Michigan-based scenic artist and muralist who has created many of the new murals inside the redesigned restaurant, will be painting this exterior mural as well.