by DREW HOWARD
The Rochester Hills City Council recommended approval of a liquor license for the new full-service, family restaurant RH House, located in the former YaYa’s Chicken at 2630 Crooks Road.
While details on RH House are few and far between, city council notes describe the establishment as a sit-down restaurant sized at 4,411 square feet on 2.19 acres. Anticipated hours of operation are 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. seven days per week, according to developers.
Council notes also show plans for outdoor and indoor dining with a proposed 114 seats inside. The drive-thru component at the former YaYa’s is not included in plans for RH House.
“This development and investment is exactly what we long for and look for,” Mayor Bryan Barnett said. “It’s a tired property that’s been vacant for some time, with a reputable business owner in our community who’s doing other good things at another location.”
“That design is attractive,” he continued. “It’s in line with what we see happening with other restaurants in the area, so the administration is fully supportive of this tonight.”
The RH House will have room for entertainment like live music, as well afford patrons the option to purchase alcohol for consumption outside of the restaurant.
“If someone has a takeout order and they would like to come in and purchase a bottle of wine, they could do that just like if you were to go to a liquor store, grocery store or something of that nature,” an advisor to the city council said.
Metro-Detroit architecture firm Designhaus will head up the remodeling efforts for RH House. Notable Designhaus credits include First Street Lofts, Dentist on Main, and Paul’s Family Restaurant.
Developers were unable to give an exact opening date for RH House, telling council it’d be ready for the public “before Christmas.”
Rochester Hills City Council convenes twice a month on Mondays at 7 p.m. The next Rochester Hills City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 30. To view the latest or any previous council meetings, search for “Council Meetings – City of Rochester Hills” on YouTube.