As of the first of this year, Mitchell’s Fish Market, in downtown Birmingham has closed.
The eatery, located at 117 Willits Street, closed December 31. The closure was confirmed by the manager of the Rochester Hills location of Mitchell’s, as well as the manager of adjacent establishment Cameron’s Steakhouse. The Birmingham location has laos been removed from the corporate website.
“It was quite unexpected,” said Adam Mitchell, manager at Cameron’s, who emphasized that Cameron’s is remaining open for business. “We’re not going anywhere.”
Landry’s, corporate owner of Mitchell’s Fish Market, headquartered in Houston, also owns Cameron’s Steakhouse, Morton’s The Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmidt, Rainforest Cafe and many others. Calls to corporate offices from Downtown newsmagazine were not returned.
Located in the Willits Building, which opened in 2001, Mitchell’s and the adjacent restaurant Cameron’s Steakhouse, then owned by Cameron Mitchell of Columbus, Ohio, brought a new flavor of dining to Birmingham. Mitchell’s offered a variety of fresh and seasonal fish and seafood in an upscale and casual atmosphere. In 2008, Ruth’s Chris Steak House purchased both Mitchell’s Fish Market and Cameron’s Steakhouse; in 2014, the two were purchased by Landry’s, Inc.
Currently, the Rochester Hills and Livonia Mitchell’s locations remain open for business.
Mitchell, manager of Cameron’s, said that employees of the Birmingham Mitchell’s location were all offered other employment within the Landry corporate universe, with several coming next door to the luxurious steak restaurant. “Ninety-five percent of the staff have been relocated within Landry’s sphere,” he said.