Dessert Oasis Coffee is bringing a third cafe location to Royal Oak. Co-owner Nathan Hamood confirms to Eater that the metro Detroit coffee roaster leased the former La Dulce space at 115 S Main St. in late-January with plans to open this spring.
The sprawling 3,200-square-foot space will seat roughly 80 patrons. Similar to its location in Detroit’s Capitol Park area, the new Royal Oak outpost will have a “cleaned up industrial,” minimalist aesthetic, Hamood says.
Dessert Oasis plans to take advantage of the Royal Oak location’s large footprint by moving their baking operations to the back of the building. It will also house roasting equipment, which Hamood plans to display towards the the front of the shop facing Main Street. The building had previously been outfitted with a pair of garage door-style windows that will give the cafe an indoor-outdoor feel in warm weather. Dessert Oasis plans to work with Nightingale Construction Company on the buildout.
“A big part of our business model is the night traffic — the late night music and desserts — and I think Royal Oak is a great market for that,” Hamood says, pointing to the ample foot traffic and density of restaurants in the area.
Dessert Oasis was founded in 2009 in Rochester and opened its second location in Detroit in 2015. Hamood says the company is always looking for ways to grow in a responsible way. Each time a new location is opened, the owners offer a small percentage share of the company to “key employees” who then assist in the operations at all the locations.
Dessert Oasis is shooting for a May debut in Royal Oak. Stay tuned for more updates on the progress as the project moves forward.