New in Royal Oak

Through the end of the year, Cello will be filling the Andiamo Trattoria-sized hole in people’s hearts in Royal Oak. Howell restaurateur Adam Merkel thought bringing the Italian restaurant to Royal Oak would be fun, and a good use of space he already owns, the former home of Red Fox and Cantina Diablos at 100 S. Main Street. “Cello works really well for us in Howell, so we thought it would be fun to just do something different and test it out for a few months during the colder months,” he said. Guests can expect the same menu as the Howell location, full of hand-made pastas and limoncello, while dining upstairs where Red Fox was. In regard to the other restaurants that will eventually take over the space – Diamond’s Steak and Seafood, and Pinky’s – Merkel said Diamond’s is on track to open sometime this fall while Pinky’s is looking at an early 2019 opening.

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Metro Intelligencer is a periodic column about the vibrant and changing restaurant/dining scene in the metro Detroit area, reported/written by Dana Casadei.