We've told you about a few restaurants that have closed in the past month (Chapman's Mill and Flat Top Grille). Now, here is some news about the restaurants that are coming soon. Which one are you most looking forward to?
Every time Rochester Patch asks readers which restaurants they would like to see come to town, this fresh-made-salad cafe is often mentioned. The Big Salad, a franchise that started in Grosse Pointe Woods in 2008, indeed has plans to open in Rochester this year.
"Currently, we have a franchisee ready to open in Rochester but we have not yet secured a location," said John Bornoty, president and CEO of The Big Salad, in an email message to Rochester Patch." On the company's website, it lists a Rochester location as opening in Spring 2013.
It's a destination for flame-broiled fast-food chicken, and it's a work in progress on Crooks Road between Auburn and Hamlin roads. There are 10 YaYa's in Michigan, including one in Royal Oak.
The Delaware-based burger joint is coming to the former Crust location on Barclay Circle near Emagine Theatre in Rochester Hills. It will be one of more than 50 locations of Jake's, which is mostly on the east coast. Jake's serves burgers and milkshakes, house-made chips and turkey burgers.
The Mediterranean restaurant is opening a location on Livernois across from Rochester High School. It will be next to Fuji Japanese Steakhouse.
The soft-serve yogurt shop will open at the Village of Rochester Hills in May. It will be located next to Starbucks, across from the gazebo in the middle of the Village. Yummie Yogurt is a family-owned shop based in Farmington Hills. A Plymouth location is also planned this year. It features an ever-changing menu of flavors and self-serve toppings.
Five locations of Yogurt City are opening in Michigan this year, including one in the Target shopping center on Rochester Road. The soft-serve frozen yogurt shop will open next to the Oreck store.
Yummie Yogurt and Yogurt City will be the third and fourth self-serve yogurt shops in Rochester and Rochester Hills to open in the past year. Bloomberry Yogurt is inside the Papa Joe's plaza; Sweet Island Yogurt is in downtown Rochester.