New Mediterranean Restaurant Opening in Downtown Royal Oak – The Oakland Press

Bohemiaa new Mediterranean restaurant inside the former Diamond’s Steak & Seafood restaurant in Royal Oak, is now open in the evenings.

Owner Adam Merkel closed Diamond’s last year and opened Pearl’s Deep Dive Seafood on part of the first floor under his Pinky’s Rooftop.

The opening hours at Bohemia are from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. The new restaurant occupies the remainder of the first floor at 100 S. Main Street.

Located on the southwest corner of 11 Mile Road and Main Street, Bohemia is a bit larger than Pearl’s Deep Dive and covers 2,500 square feet.

Meals at Bohemia are cooked over real charcoal, which Merkel says is a Mediterranean method that adds a unique flavor to dishes.

With an open kitchen concept, guests at Bohemia can watch the chefs prepare their meals.

“Our team has been dreaming up this concept for more than five years, and it’s beyond exciting to finally see it come to life,” Merkel said in a statement. “The food tastes and feels incredibly authentic, while maintaining an ambience true to our brand. We look forward to sharing Bohemia with the community.”

Bohemia was created by Merkel and her culinary team led by Chef Max Goeke.

On the menu, an assortment of Israeli dips and salads, hummus and kebabs. Featured items include branzino, lamb chops, vegan kafta, halloumi cheese and signature bread baked to order in a tandoor oven.

La Bohême offers an extensive list of reserve wines, champagne and exclusive cocktails, such as the Detox Retox made with tequila, cucumber, mint, lime and matcha. There’s also a Bohemian Rhapsody cocktail mixed with Valentine Vodka, lemon, strawberry and tarragon, and a Pistachio Martini.

The restaurant was designed by Birmingham-based architects Ron & Roman. Bright atmosphere with colored tiles, woodwork and greenery.

There are 110 seats including 14 seats at the bar.

Bohemia has an additional 24 seat capacity on a new outdoor patio lounge on Main Street.

In the coming months, Merkel said brunch and lunch menus will be added.

Merkel further plans to expand her operations to Bohemia, Pinky’s Rooftop and Pearl’s Deep Dive to be open seven days a week.

David H. Henry