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Brewery Opens in Lake Orion and More Restaurant News From the Area

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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.

51 North Brewing Company in Lake Orion: The restaurant and brewery has opened in a transformed former gas station after months of anticipation. 51 North offers beers, wines, meads and healthy comfort food made in-house, as well as live entertainment. 51 North Brewing Company is located at 51 N. Broadway St., Lake Orion, MI 48362. Call 248-690-7367 or visit 51northbrewing.com/ for more information.

Cloverleaf Fine Wine in Royal Oak / Satay House in Madison Heights: Royal Oak’s Cloverleaf Fine Wine will host a limited-seating wine dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Satay House in Madison Heights. The 5-course Malaysian meal with wine pairings will cost $60 per person. A portion of each ticket will benefit the South Oakland YMCA. Satay House is located at 31101 Dequindre Road. Call 248-399-7166 to make a reservation.

Townsend Hotel Bakery in Birmingham: The bake shop will be closed through Feb. 9 while the space is renovated and its menu upgraded. When the bakery reopens, it will be in partnership with Lavazza Coffee, a Italian coffee brand. In the meanwhile, patrons still can order the hotel's cakes, cookies and sandwiches by calling 248-644-6506.

Restaurant Week in Birmingham: The eighth annual event features 20 restaurants offering $15 lunch menus and $30 dinners. Most meals include an appetizer and dessert. Birmingham Restaurant Week runs Jan. 28-Feb. 1 and Feb. 4-8. Both weeks, diners will have the chance to purchase raffle tickets to benefit Forgotten Harvest. Three winners will win $500 worth of Birmingham gift certificates. Check out the  menus and find more information at  www.birminghamrestaurantweek.org.

RAO Sports Bar & Grille in Farmington Hills: The City Council on Monday approved a liquor license transfer and new Sunday sales, outdoor service and an entertainment permit for the restaurant, which is expected to open this spring in the former Players Billiards Bar & Grill location on 10 Mile Road east of I-275. The proposed menu includes soups, salads, burgers, pizza and entrees such as cajun alfredo chicken, fish tacos, baked macaroni and cheese, ribs and steak. Desserts will include cheesecake, several ice cream dishes and "dirt worms dessert."

Bloomfield Open Hunt Club in Bloomfield Hills: The James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour stop at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, will feature Jonathon Sawyer, Aaron Butts, Jeremy Ashby, Drew Sayes, Matt Danko, Tom Sheridan and host Chef Kevin Peasgood. Patrons of the sold-out dinner will be treated to a six-course meal with a wine pairing.

Genji Japanese Steakhouse in Novi: The restaurant located at 27155 S. Karevich Drive across from Twelve Oaks Mall, will celebrate its grand opening Friday, Feb. 1. Genji offers Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and other types of fare. The staff aims to give customers a two-hour dining experience. In addition to a traditional dining room with some hibachi stations, Genji also has a bar that features live entertainment and a sushi station where diners can watch their meal be prepared. Call 248-380-6881 for more information.

[Do you have restaurant news to share? Leave a comment!]

Carol Jackson February 01, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Surely you want to note that Rochester's Dessert Oasis has opened in its new location, on the east side of Main St. (Rochester Rd.), between 4th & 3rd Streets? Although they have been doing coffee bean roasting for awhile, as part of the move, they added "Roasters" to their name. Those of us who have been regulars there really missed them during the transition & are so glad to see them back. Their new space is larger & has room for a nice display of art, similar to what you see at Fieldstone's.
Kristin Bull (Editor) February 01, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Can't wait to check it out, Carol!
Nancy February 01, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Sure would appreciate finding out when Lucky's (Sero's) will be opening. I thought they were only going to be closed for a couple of weeks. Miss the food and personnel.

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