It's been a bumpy road to opening for Detroit Bubble Tea, co-owner Arun Prasad tells Eater. He and wife Alicia Prasad were initially prepared to open last fall, when August floods rushed through Ferndale and washed away all their plans. "I had done the entire build-out," says Arun. "The floors weren't properly insulated and the floods came and started pouring through." Arun says it was a huge hit both to their timeline and financials as the café wasn't fully insured. He estimates they lost approximately $45,000 in materials.
Fast-forward seven months and Arun says the company is ready to open Saturday with inspections almost complete. The shop will feature bubble tea as well as macarons and vegan cupcakes. In the coming months, Detroit Bubble Tea also plans to partner with Royal Oak's recently reopened The Crepe (formerly What Crepe?) for a crepe station. Check out the menu below: