Joe Muer feels like today is historic for his family.
The second-generation restaurateur, who had to close the much-loved, landmark Joe Muer’s Oyster House on Gratiot 13 years ago, will bring Joe Muer’s Seafood Restaurant to the RenCen in September.
Muer had been waiting for years to find the right partner and deal to bring his high standard of restaurant back to Detroit.
He found the right partner, at the right time in his life and the right location. He will work with Joe Vicari, president and CEO of Andiamo Restaurant Group, to rehab the former Seldom Blues site to accommodate Muer’s latest restaurant.
“This is like a dream come true, I’m so glad to be back in Detroit,” said Muer at the announcement of his partnership.
Muer was famous for creating a memorable dining experience and since he no longer wants the daily grind of running a restaurant, Vicari’s commitment to giving diners the best possible service makes this partnership an excellent fit.
Plans for the restaurant include recreating the bar that was a fixture of Joe Muer’s Oyster House, giving half of the restaurant that classic feel and the other half a sleek, contemporary ambiance.
With private financing already arranged, this $1 million dollar project is scheduled to open in September.
“I’m pleased to see this space being occupied by two of the greatest restaurateurs in the country. These guys are first class, they really understand the needs of their customers,” said Mayor Dave Bing.
He was also pleased to announce that once opened, Joe Muer’s Seafood Restaurant will create approximately 100 full- and part-time jobs.
Muer expects friends and fans to come from around the state once this location is completed.
Vicari also has a message for anyone thinking about eating at his new establishment. “I’m giving you my commitment that this will be the No. 1 restaurant in Detroit for food, service and affordability,” he said.