Week of 5.22.17

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Older Persons Commission Charity Gala

The 15th annual fundraiser for Rochester’s Older Persons Commission’s Meals on Wheels program attracted 375 ($150 ticket) to the Royal Park Hotel to party in a Monte Carlo mode. Chance-takers could bid on jewelry from Aurum Designs, pick their own prize in a chance raffle of 13 packages and, after dinner while Frank Sinatra tribute singer Mark Randisi entertained, play casino games and turn their winnings into raffle tickets. WXYZ’s Dave LewAllen emceed the dinner program in which 96-year old Erv Bauer, a Meals on Wheels recipient since his wife died three years ago, admitted, “I can’t even boil water.”  He called the program “a real treasure” because ....” the drivers (greet you) with a smile...and are someone to talk to every day...we really appreciate you sponsors...thank you kindly.”
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oakland confidential

June 2017

DUMBING IT DOWN: State Rep. Mike McCready (R-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) has introduced a legislative proposal to reduce the number of members of the state House of Representatives from 110 to 76, or about one-third. "We currently have three House members for every three state Senate seats," McCready said, noting there are 38 state Senate members. Each state ...more»
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Joe Muer's coming to Kingsley Inn

By Lisa Brody
News Editor
09/02/2016 - Joe Muer's Seafood, the iconic Detroit seafood restaurant that was resurrected in 2012 by the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group, has signed a deal to go into the long-closed Northern Lakes Seafood Restaurant location at the Kingsley Inn in Bloomfield Hills, according to Joe Vicari Restaurant Group president and CEO Joe Vicari.

The restaurant, which will be similar in look and feel to the Detroit riverfront location, has a target opening date of February 2017.

The original Joe Muer's Seafood was located at 2000 Gratiot Avenue near Eastern Market in Detroit. It opened as a live oyster bar on October 28, 1929, four days after the stock market crashed. It grew to be one of the Detroit destinations for corporate titans, politicians, socialites and families. Yet, the decline of Detroit took its toll on the establishment, and it closed on May 15, 1988. Still a family-run restaurant, it was run by the original Joe Muer's grandson, Joe Muer III.

Muer and Vicari shared a bottle of wine and memories of the former restaurant in 2005, with the two musing on what could be if they joined together to reopen the restaurant. Muer III came back as a consultant when Vicari acquired the naming rights and all of the original recipes in 2011, and a new Joe Muer's Seafood was born in Detroit's Renaissance Center, a 250-seat expanse with windows overlooking the Detroit River, separate designer sushi and raw bars centering the space, and private rooms for meetings and special occasions. Specialties like the crab stuffed flounder were joined by new and creative seafood fare. A piano bar was included, and while it is still uncertain if there will be a piano bar at the Bloomfield Hills location, the rest of the old and new Joe Muer menu favorites will be brought up Woodward Avenue.

"It will look and feel like Joe Muer's. The menu, including the sushi, will be the same," said Justin Near of Near Perfect Media, spokesperson for Joe Vicari Restaurant Group. Near said that drawings for the space are still being worked on, but it will have a similar look to the downtown restaurant, although the Bloomfield Hills Kingsley Inn location is not nearly as large.

Northern Lakes Seafood restaurant, the previous tenant in that location, closed on November 23, 2013, after 17 years. The restaurant served upscale fish and seafood, and a new version of the restaurant re-opened in 2014 in the former Charley's Crab location at I-75 and Crooks in Troy, in the Allure Hotel.

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