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Imaginate: a theatrical dining experience

Omar Mitchell, executive chef and owner of Imaginate in Royal Oak describes his new restaurant as a “theatrical dining experience like no other.” The South Beach-themed interior presents fashionable personal lounge areas with plush white couches and pearl silver chandeliers. But what’s most unique about the concept is that all of the entrees will be served as props. The coconut almond popcorn shrimp will be presented in an old-school popcorn machine, while the bone-in ribeye will be displayed on a butcher block speared by a three-foot standing fork. Even the check at the end of the evening will be delivered in a Jack-in-the-box which guests will crank to find their bill. All of this is done to put the “fun in fine dining,” says Mitchell. In addition to seating 165 in the main dining area, the upstairs banquet space can accommodate up to 200 for special events. Entrees range in price from $26-59. The restaurant expects to open by the end of June and will occupy the old Bistro 82 space at 401 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak.


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