Jolly Pumpkin in Royal Oak is Now Bandit Tavern and Hideaway

With a new menu inspired by Southern cooking
bandit sign royal oak mission restaurant group replace jolly pumpkin
Photo: Official

Jolly Pumpkin Restaurant and Taphouse has closed the Main & Fifth location after serving the community for the past five years according to Detroit Free Press. The restaurant posted one last tiem on social media post to bid farewell to its customers: “Our hearts are heavy with a mix of gratitude, nostalgia, a touch of sadness, and even excitement as we bid farewell to Jolly Pumpkin on Main & Fifth.”

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However, the closure is only to make way for something new and exciting as a fresh restaurant concept operated by the same restaurant group behind the Jolly Pumpkin brand has opened immediately after, taking over the same space.

The new culinary concept, called Bandit Tavern & Hideaway, draws inspiration from Southern-style beverages and cooking. Furthermore, Bandit’s menu will also include a few fan-favorites from past partners in the same building. Bandit will open Monday thru Thursday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests can also indulge in Happy Hours from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bottle services and private VIP dining will be available for the Hideaway Bar.

Bandit is operated by Mission Restaurant Group, a Michigan-based hospitality group that operated the prevous Jolly Pumpkin branch and a handful of other restaurants, including the sober-friendly Vigilante Kitchen + Bar opened in June, 2023. Mission Restaurant Group is founded by David Ritchie, an Ann Arbor resident.

Those craving Jolly Pumpkin food can turn to the Detroit location on Canfield in Midtown, which shares the space with shared with Avalon Canfield, aka Avalon International Breads. There are also three more Jolly Pumpkin locations across the State in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Traverse City. By the time of this coverage, Ritchie hadn’t responded to What Now Detroit‘s request for comments.

Xiao daCunha

Xiao daCunha

Xiao Faria daCunha is a practicing visual artist and independent journalist covering what's happening in the Midwest belt. Xiao has written for Chicago Reader, BlockClub Chicago, BRIDGE Chicago, Urban Matter, The Pitch KC, and KCUR. She considers all her practices essential for speaking on behalf of those who haven't been heard, and she sheds light on what hasn't been seen, whether it's emotional, cultural or societal.
Xiao daCunha

Xiao daCunha

Xiao Faria daCunha is a practicing visual artist and independent journalist covering what's happening in the Midwest belt. Xiao has written for Chicago Reader, BlockClub Chicago, BRIDGE Chicago, Urban Matter, The Pitch KC, and KCUR. She considers all her practices essential for speaking on behalf of those who haven't been heard, and she sheds light on what hasn't been seen, whether it's emotional, cultural or societal.

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