A former auto parts store in downtown Royal Oak has taken on a new role, multiple roles really, as eclectic wine and craft beer store, a take-out restaurant and cafe and a place for cheese and cigar afficianados to bond with their loves.
Franklin Fine Wine & Cafe opened last week in the 7,500 square foot spot at 511 N. Main St. and also offers a cigar humidor, a wine cellar and a full kitchen.
There will be a cheese club, a beer club, a wine club.
A chef is on staff so are sommeliers and a cheesemonger will select, cut and package speciality cheeses. The menu of takeout and eat-in will include gourmet pizzas, fish, beef and daily specials and the business will be a mix of store and late-night restaurant as it is open 'til midnight.
There are also plans to open an walk-up, outdoor coffee bar come summer
Writer: Kim North Shine
Source: Mike Larranaga, manager, Franklin Fine Wine & Cafe