The 4 generation family owned ROYAL OAK TAP HOUSE has been serving the Royal Oak area since 1928. The journey began in the early 1900’s when James Koutas came over from Greece to help work on the railroads, but then decided to open a small restaurant instead. He called it Jim's Coney Island, and ran it with his wife, Angeline and children, Sam and Mary. This gem stayed open until 1961. James’ daughter, Mary then wed Jim Pallis in 1962. Jim was also a Greek immigrant who decided to reopen the restaurant in 1965 (this time as the Busy Oak at 507 S Washington). It ran successfully until the mid 80’s. The Pallis family also opened Jimi’s Coney Island in 1983 at 714 S Washington. Jim, Mary, and their 4 children, Frank, Sam, Angie, and Sofia were a large part of the Royal Oak Community. In 1986, however, tragedy struck and Jim Pallis passed away unexpectedly, but that didn’t end the Pallis legacy as Royal Oak restaurateurs. Over the years, Jimi's stayed open and underwent different venues from Coney Island to Family Restaurant to Banquet Center, and finally…ROYAL OAK TAPHOUSE!
ROYAL OAK TAP HOUSE marks the beginning of a new era. In addition, to 40 taps on hand and a full bar, the food quality and selection is better than ever with old time favorites along with new and exciting dishes that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more! We are proud of the changes and progression we’ve made in a business that survived the recession of 2008 and now continues to serve the Royal Oak area with pride after nearly 90 years. So what makes us stand out amongst all of our Royal Oak competitors? Why, of course, it is the true family experience you will encounter with us! Ask anyone who is familiar with this city to share a favorite memory of one of our previous establishments and you’re sure to get an answer! If by some slim chance you don’t, WE CHALLENGE YOU TO MAKE A NEW MEMORY HERE AT THE ROYAL OAK TAPHOUSE!
So whether you are a loyal customer or brand new to our family, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to serve you in the past, present, and future! We look forward to seeing you soon!
The Pallis and Stathakios Families