Fressing With Fishman: Kingsley Inn To Rebrand



ryan-bylineThere’s a $10 million, yearlong renovation under way at the Kingsley Inn in Bloomfield Hills (39475 Woodward), along with a change in branding and a new restaurant. The hotel won’t change hands, with owners Zaid Elia of Birmingham’s the Elia Group and Matthew Shiffman of Birmingham’s Alden Development Group sticking around, but it will have a new name — the Doubletree by Hilton Bloomfield-Detroit.

The former Northern Lakes Seafood space at the hotel will also make way for a second, suburban location for Joe Vicari Restaurant Group’s Joe Muer Seafood — an opening is planned for mid-February 2017. Vicari purchased the restaurant’s naming rights from Joe Muer in 2011 after the iconic restaurant shuttered in 1998.

A rendering of the hotel’s future

The Muer family first hit the Detroit dining scene at 2000 Gratiot Ave. with the opening of an oyster bar in 1929. The new location will seat 200 and mimic the interior of the Renaissance Center location. There are plans for outside seating and private dining. The project’s designer is Ron Rea of Ron & Roman in Birmingham.

Vicari also has long-term plans for a Las Vegas Joe Muer, expected to land sometime in 2017, and is scouting a third Michigan location in Grand Rapids, though an opening would be years away.


Short Takes

Beyond Juicery + Eatery just keeps growing. The local restaurant concept opened its doors last weekend in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market (2501 Russell St.). The new space features an industrial design reminiscent of the original space that for decades housed a local produce vendor. The original blue and yellow columns serve as focal points in the dining room, which seats 30.

The location features the chain’s full menu of salads, wraps, smoothies and juices. Their next project is a smoothie kiosk planned for Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

“Uncork for a Cure” at Bacco Ristorante on Wednesday, Sept. 28, (29410 Northwestern Highway, Southfield) will benefit cancer research and care at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Breast Oncology Program. Don’t miss alternating courses prepared by Chef Luciano Del Signore and Chef James Rigato (of Mabel Gray), paired with wines hand selected by Plum Market master sommelier Madeline Triffon. The evening will also feature a Roberto Coin Fine Jewelry trunk show. Tickets start at $250. For more information, email or call (734) 763-0866.

beyond_1-copyAnn Arbor’s Jewish Professional Group is hosting a cross-generational dinner designed to bring together Jews of different ages, backgrounds and professions on Oct. 15. Connect8 matches groups of eight participants to dine at a downtown Ann Arbor restaurant. After dinner, the night will continue with a reception at Cavern Club, featuring drinks, dessert and live music (210 S. First St.). Admission is just $5, but participants are responsible for the cost of their dinners. For more, visit

A quick “thanks for the memories” to Yvonne Cordoba and the El Zocalo family — the restaurant closed its doors earlier this month, after more than 30 years of service at the corner of Bagley and 23rd streets in Detroit’s Mexicantown neighborhood. For Cordoba, it was simply time to retire. She and her late husband had opened the restaurant in 1983. Victor Hugo Cordoba, a Costa Rican immigrant, died in 2013.


Mazel Tov

To Samantha Lewis and Leo Reap on their marriage. We’re thrilled we could celebrate with you and your family; it was a truly beautiful night.

To Ilana Brooks and Grant Heitkamp on their marriage.

To Lauren Kastan and Jonathan Ackerman on their engagement.

To Dr. Stanley and Marilyn Levine on their 60th anniversary.

To Aaron Belen and the AFB Hospitality Group team on an incredibly successful soft opening at the Morrie over the weekend.

Happy birthday to Jake Barnett, Justin Becker, Stacey Gilbert, Gene Dickow, Scott Jurewicz, Daniel Kahn, Hannah Kessler, Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld and Bruce Milen. *


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