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Bandit Tavern and Hideaway in Royal Oak is permanently closing

By meerna Jul11,2024
Bandit Tavern and Hideaway in Royal Oak is permanently closing


No more fries, craft beer and seasonal pop-up bars at the intersection of Fifth and Main streets in Royal Oak.

Nearly eight months after opening, Bandit Tavern in Royal Oak has closed.

The bar and restaurant’s Facebook page posted: “Dear Friends, We have officially closed our doors. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the Royal Oak community. We will miss you!”

From Mission Restaurant Group, Bandit Tavern at 419 S. Main Street in Royal Oak opened last fall, replacing the former Jolly Pumpkin. Its final day was Sunday.

David Ritchie, president of Mission Restaurant Group, cited “current market conditions” as the reason for the closure.

In an emailed statement to the Free Press, Ritchie said:

“We are proud to have served the Royal Oak community for two decades, employed thousands of people, introduced 11 unique restaurant concepts and created lifelong friendships. Unfortunately, current market conditions have forced us to focus our attention and resources in other areas. We are working with our staff to place as many people as possible in other locations within our group. We sincerely appreciate the support we have received over the years and will miss operating in Royal Oak.”

Located in the historic B&C building, the group quickly pivoted to a new concept. The tavern, known as the Bandit Tavern and Hideaway, was upstairs, while the “Hideaway” was downstairs. The “Hideaway” Bandit offered seasonal themed pop-ups, VIP rooms, and a private event space.

Attractions include Griswold’s Hideaway, a National Lampoon-themed holiday attraction with a Holiday Twist theme, and a Valentine’s Day attraction.

Before the Jolly Pumpkin, it was home to popular venues such as Bastone Brewery, Vinotecca Wine Bar, Café Habana and Monk’s Belgian Beer Alley.

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When announcing the new Bandit Tavern concept, the owners promised it would be a “space that will continue to evolve” and that some menu items from previous locations would return, including Bastone fries and Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak beers.

The Bandit restaurant’s closure comes about six weeks after Mission Group announced the transformation of its Vigilante Kitchen + Bar space into Epiphany — Nain Rouge Kitchen, a new restaurant concept developed by Detroit nonprofit Soil2Service and its Detroit Institute of Gastronomy culinary program.

Mission Restaurant Group partnered with the nonprofit to operate the space at 644 Selden St., which opened in 2023 as Vigilante Kitchen + Bar in Midtown. The space also housed Smith & Co. from 2019 to 2023, named after the more than half-century-old building that once housed Smith Welding Supply & Equipment Co. and Owosso Casket Co.

Mission Restaurant Group operates several brands and concepts within its restaurant portfolio, including Avalon Bakery & Cafe, Pretzel Bell, North Peak Brewing Co., Jolly Pumpkin, Blue Tractor BBQ and Brewery and others.

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