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Detroit Music Weekend Gala

The inaugural Detroit Music Weekend began Friday night at the Detroit Opera House where 200 music lovers gathered for the Gala ($750 & $1,000 tickets). They savored cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres in the lobby, pausing for brief welcoming remarks delivered from the top of the grand staircase by founding director, Music Hall’s Vince Paul. A soaring operatic selection sung by soprano Nicole James signaled it was time for dinner, which was served at dramatically decorated tables set on the stage. There were interruptions to thank sponsors, board members and event coordinator Laura Raisch, and to salute Michigan Opera Theatre founder David DiChiera. His pancreatic cancer diagnosis has dictated his retirement but has not affected his good humor nor his bearing.
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oakland confidential

August 2017

HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...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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