Big Fish restaurant closes Dearborn location

Photo by Zeinab Najm The former Big Fish Seafood Bistro, 700 Town Center Drive, sits vacant and stripped of its signs after the restaurant closed permanently on Sept. 6.

Photo by Zeinab Najm
The former Big Fish Seafood Bistro, 700 Town Center Drive, sits vacant and stripped of its signs after the restaurant closed permanently on Sept. 6.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Big Fish Seafood Bistro, 700 Town Center Drive in Dearborn closed on Sept. 6 after serving the Dearborn community for more than two decades.

“This location has closed,” a sign on the door read. “We are grateful for the friends we have made and we look forward to serving you at another one of our locations nearby.”

The sign also had other restaurant locations owned by the Muer Seafood Restaurant Group including Mitchell’s Fish Market, 17600 Haggerty Road in Livonia; Meriwether’s, 25485 Telegraph Road in Southfield; McCormick & Schmick’s, 2850 Coolidge Road in Troy; and Cameron’s Steakhouse, 115 Willits St. in Birmingham.

The restaurant group was founded by the late restauranteur Chuck Muer, and the Big Fish restaurant was purchased by hospitality company Landry’s in 2002, according to the Houston Business Journal.

Although it is unclear when Big Fish was open in Dearborn, but it was prior to when Muer, his wife Betty and George and Lynn Drummy died after being lost at sea in March 1993.
The Drummys’ boat was sailing in the Bahamas to get back to Florida before a cyclone, but they never made it back and the boat was not found, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Landry’s Chief Operating Officer Howard Cole said the Dearborn restaurant is closed permanently. The other Big Fish location in Princeton, N.J., remains open.

“We have decided to sell the location for another potential development, and as a result, Big Fish located at 700 Town Center Drive closed its doors on Thursday, September 6,” Cole said in a statement to The Detroit News. “We are grateful for the support of the local community and loyal patrons. We value our employees, their dedication to our company and are working to relocate them.”
Dearborn Public Information Director Mary Laundroche said the city is not yet aware about any development plans for the former restaurant location.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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