beppé opens in Royal Oak


The restaurant business is in Dominic Morelli’s blood. His father, Joseph Morelli, is one of the co-partners of Crispelli’s. Now, Dominic is the new owner and operator of beppé, an eatery located in the vacated Niki’s Greek diner in Royal Oak. The concept, says Dominic, was simple. “The main goal was for the community. I really wanted to create a space that would become a staple in the community – something that people would flock to… The menu is not necessarily Italian,” continues Dominic, “but rather New American.” The kitchen is under the direction of Chef Justin Allen and features classic entrees such as grilled Faroe Island salmon with honey garlic glaze, roasted marble potatoes and grilled asparagus; braised beef short rib with mushroom and spinach polenta and sun-dried tomatoes; and chicken cutlet with tarragon Gruyere sauce, house and cut fries and roasted garlic aioli. Customers can also find a variety of sharable starters from deviled eggs garnished with smoked salmon and herbs to fried shrimp and calamari. A full bar offers a selection of wine, beer and cocktails. Beppé ’s interior is a complete transformation from the old Greek diner – now appointed with leather booths, wood accents and modern lighting. The space accommodates seating for 48 inside while a large outdoor patio provides seating for 34. 703 N. Main Street in Royal Oak, eatbeppe.com

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