5 New Restaurants in Rochester, Ferndale Martini Bar Featured in Midwest Living and More

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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 and more.

Big Rock Chop House in Birmingham: Executive chef Brian Henson will compete in the American Culinary Federation's Regional Chef of the Year competition for the central region April 28 through May 1 in Little Rock, AR. Last fall, Henson was named the 2012 Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation's Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association. The regional winner will move on to the national competition. Big Rock Chop House is located at 245 S Eton St. Call 248-647-7774 for more information.

Valentine Vodka in Ferndale and Peteet's Famous Cheesecakes in Oak Park: The two local businesses were recently featured in Midwest Living, in a video focusing on "a few of the entrepreneurs helping to put Detroit back on its feet—and serving some great drinks and dishes in the process."

Five new restaurants in Rochester-Rochester Hills: The Big Salad, Ya-Ya's, Jake's Wayback Burgers, Shish Palace, Yummie Yogurt and Yogurt City Frozen Yogurt all have plans to open this year. Stay tuned to Patch's weekly Restaurant News roundup for more details when they become available!

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