Sneak Peek: Sabrage, Bistro 82 Get Ready to Open Doors in Downtown Royal Oak

New Europeon-style restaurant and ultra-lounge will soon be open to the public.

“Superior” cocktails will be served at the black onyx bar in Bistro 82.
“Superior” cocktails will be served at the black onyx bar in Bistro 82.
Aaron F. Belen's new venture in downtown Royal Oak is coming to fruition.

Thursday afternoon, Belen and crew were busy opening boxes, training staff and putting the finishing touches on Bistro 82, a new Europeon-style restaurant, and the handsome ultra-lounge, Sabrage, at 401 S. Lafayette.

Belen’s vision is clean and unique and he's invested millions in the hopes of pulling patrons from Ann Arbor, Grosse Pointe, Detroit, Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham to Royal Oak’s “cool, hip, up and coming vibe.”

Patch was invited to snap a few pictures before the doors officially open sometime next week. Stay with Patch for updates on the grand opening.
Jack Manning February 07, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Hey! One of the upscale Hoity-Toity digs. I must see one of the menus to see what "European Style" translates into. If Mr. Belen spent millions then the prices should reflect that. . I assume it's going to be one of those eateries where everything is centered not on the food, but on the presentation.
CDE February 07, 2014 at 11:38 PM
Should be interesting, hope it works out for the restaurant...need to keep food quality high, seems to be a problem these days in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor restaurants...focus less on aesthetics and more on food quality
CDE February 07, 2014 at 11:42 PM
reprint...aesthetics very important, just don't let food quality slip
Julie Mangliers February 16, 2014 at 08:48 PM
Just ate at Bistro 82. Amazing food. Superb service! Great atmosphere. I will be back and will recommend to all my friends. One of the best restaurants I have eaten at lately. I predict this will be THE hot spot in metro Detroit.


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