If you're hungry for the latest restaurant news from around Oakland County, we've got you covered! Read on to find out what's new, what's closed and more.
Oxford Inn in Royal Oak: The Main Street restaurant may be getting a country-style makeover and a new name to boot. Owner Bob Higgins, whose family hails from Erin, TN, is asking the Liquor Control Committee and the Royal Oak City Commission for permission to rename the eatery Bobby's Nashville Bar and Grill. Higgins also hopes to capitalize on the popularity of country music and food by updating the menu and offering live music. The waitstaff would dress in jeans with cowboy hats and kerchiefs and the decor will offer southern accents, Higgins said.
Restaurant Week in Birmingham: The eighth annual event kicks off Monday. Twenty restaurants – including newcomers Social Kitchen, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse and Tallulah Wine Bar — will participate. Each will offer $15 lunch menus and $30 dinners. Most meals include an appetizer and a dessert. Birmingham Restaurant Week 2013 runs Jan. 28-Feb. 1 and Feb. 4-8.
Bosko's Coffee and Kitchen in Keego Harbor: The renovated restaurant at 2850 Orchard Lake Road, just north of Cass Lake Road, will offer hot drinks including Great Lakes Coffee and Ghirardelli hot chocolate (for $1.55-2.50) and sandwiches featuring Zingerman's Bakehouse products (breakfast sandwiches start at $2.25; deli sandwiches top out at $7.99 without extras). Bosko's also will offer doughnuts in a variety of flavors ($0.95-$1.50 apiece; a dozen costs $7.59). Bosko's is open seven days per week, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call 248-481-6956 or visit Bosko's' Facebook Page.
Chubby Charlies in Commerce: The family pizza franchise that already has one location in Royal Oak has opened another in Commerce. The restaurant serves specialty pizzas, calzones, pasta, wings, salads panini sandwiches and Stromboli. The new Chubby Charlies is located at 40240 W. 14 Mile Road at M-5. Call 248-624-1700 for more information.
Atomic Dawg in Berkley: Gary Brunner, who owned and operated Café 317 in Royal Oak from 1997 to 2003, has found a second chance dishing up gourmet hot dogs at the Coolidge Highway eatery. "I feel like a washed-up prize fighter with another shot at the title,” he says. Atomic Dawg is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 248-398-DAWG or visit facebook.com/theatomicdawg for more information.
Winter Beer Fest in Royal Oak: The fourth annual event, put on by Westborn Market, will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. It will feature more than 100 brews, snacks from local vendors and live music. Tickets cost $40 in advance and available at the Westborn Market locations in Berkley, Dearborn and Livonia, as well as at the Royal Oak Music Theatre Box Office (248-399-2980). Tickets also will be available at the door for $45 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Michigan-based nonprofit Camp Casey, a horseback-riding program for children with cancer.
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