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Ferndale's Treat Dreams to Expand and More Local Restaurant News

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If you're hungry for the latest restaurant news from around Oakland County, we've got you covered! Read on to find out what's new, what's closed, what's coming and more.

Ferndale

Treat Dreams

The ice cream shop will double its kitchen space and extend its dining room to accommodate business growth, owner Scott Moloney says. The expanded kitchen will allow for "Treat Dreams After Dark" – adult ice cream camps where groups of friends can come in after-hours to make their own ice cream. An expanded dessert menu also is planned.

Construction will start in mid-February and is expected to shut down the store for no more than three weeks. The shop, located at 22965 Woodward Ave., offers homemade ice creams with distinctive flavors such as Salted Caramel and Raspberry Chipotle Bacon. Call 248-544-3440 or visit treatdreams.com for more information.

Winezilla

The new wine shop, located at 155 W. Nine Mile Road, focuses on quality, inexpensive wines accessible to "everyday people," Ed Bosse says. The majority of wines at Winezilla are priced under $15. Bosse is the previous owner of Simply Wine, which had locations in Ferndale and Birmingham.

Stop by Winezilla any Saturday between 1 and 4 p.m. for a free wine-tasting. Hours are 12-6 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Check out Winezilla's Facebook page or call the store at 248-543-5763 for more information.

Royal Oak

KouZina Greek Street Food and Pizzeria Biga

The restaurants were among 13 selected by Metro Detroit food critic Molly Abraham in an article in The Detroit News recommending venues where diners can expand their horizons in 2013.

Berkley

Crispelli's Bakery & Pizzeria and Vinsetta Garage

The restaurants also were among 13 selected by Metro Detroit food critic Molly Abraham in an article in The Detroit News recommending venues where diners can expand their horizons in 2013.

Birmingham

Zumba Mexican Grille

The Mexican restaurant located at 163 W. Maple Road closed its doors last week. It was the second location for the Mexican restaurant, which first opened in Royal Oak in 2000. Zumba opened in Birmingham in June 2011.

"It was the lack of business," owner Tim Castaneda told Downtown Birmingham/Bloomfield of why the location closed. "Also, no parking. We did a quarter (of business) there of what we did (in Royal Oak)." Those looking to get their Zumba fix can visit the original Royal Oak location at 304 N. Main St.

Kilwins Chocolates

Kilwins, the Michigan shop selling handmade specialty chocolates, fudge and ice cream in downtown Birmingham, has closed. Kilwins had been located at 162 N. Old Woodward since 2000. Originally founded in 1947 and known as a northern Michigan landmark, the company is based out of Petoskey and has a network of more than 50 shops across Michigan. The closest Kilwins shops now are located in Plymouth and Ann Arbor.

Townsend Hotel

Ferndale native and the Townsend Hotel's new executive chef, Drew Sayes, says he's a supporter of local farms, regional cuisine and sustainable practices. Sayes replaces Jim Bologna, who served in the position for more than four years. Bologna is now the corporate chef for Opus One Companies.

Interested foodies can check out Sayes during the upcoming James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour, which stops at the Bloomfield Hills Open Hunt Club on Jan. 27. The Townsend Hotel is located at 100 Townsend St. Call 248-642-7900 for more information.

Rochester Hills

Maggie Moo's

The ice cream shop known for its bright blue Cotton Candy ice cream, among other frozen concoctions, closed its doors at the Village of Rochester Hills outdoor shopping center Dec. 31.

Yummie Yogurt

The soft-serve yogurt shop will open in May at the Village of Rochester Hills. Yummie Yogurt, which will open next to Starbucks, is a family-owned shop based in Farmington Hills. It features an ever-changing menu of flavors and self-serve toppings.

Novi

Panera Bread

The City Council on Monday approved the addition of a drive-through at the restaurant chain's location on Novi Road near Grand River Avenue. A representative from Panera said construction likely will begin this summer and hopefully be completed by August.

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