Northwest Detroit and the northern suburbs are now a whole lot closer to Bucharest Grill’s shawarma. After some uncertainty and a whole lot of waiting, Bucharest Grill officially opened its doors today on Livernois Avenue. The fourth outpost of the popular Detroit chain debuted on Thursday afternoon following a last-minute inspection and almost immediately attracted a line of hungry customers.
At 2,400-square-feet, The Avenue of Fashion’s shawarma shack is the second largest location behind East Jefferson, owner Bogdan Tarasov tells Eater. The red brick building features a similar format to other satellite locations with a walk-up counter located in front of the open kitchen area. The Livernois Bucharest seats 50 patrons with a mixture of wood booths and high counter seating.
Bucharest is known for its garlicky grilled chicken pita wraps stuffed with veggies and french fries, but boasts a broad dine-in and carry-out menu with items like falafel, hot dogs, and burgers. This menu will be identical to other locations.
Tarasov has been active in the last few years, expanding his restaurant empire from the original (now shuttered) location inside Park Bar to restaurants in Corktown, Milwaukee Junction, and East Jefferson. He also operates a Corktown-based commissary kitchen. Asked whether there are any more Bucharest restaurants in the works, Tarasov teased “I’m not done yet,” but declined to provide specifics.
Photographers Michelle and Chris Gerard dropped by the new outpost during its first few hours to take in the scene. Take a peek inside the new restaurant in the gallery below.
Bucharest Grill is located at 19492 Livernois Ave.; open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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