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Rockefellers Bringing Oysters Downtown in February, Planning Third Location for Midtown

Owner Jai-Lee Dearing tells the Free Press he's planning a third location for Midtown in 2016.

Rockefellers Oyster Bar in Grosse Pointe.
Rockefellers Oyster Bar in Grosse Pointe.
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Jai-Lee Dearing spoke with the Detroit Free Press this week regarding his newest Rockefellers Oyster Bar headed for downtown Detroit. Dearing says the restaurant should open in February of 2015, and that he has plans for a third Midtown location in 2016. Additionally, he plans to open another restaurant in Grosse Pointe Park, Bootleggers Pig & Whiskey Bar, in the spring.

Dearing, who comes from a family of restaurant owners, got his start at Bert's in Eastern Market.

"Bert's has taught me how to operate a business as an intricate part of the community," he says. "The lesson I have learned is to plan, plan, plan, then execute that plan."

The restaurateur's Grosse Pointe location on Mack Avenue opened in August and Dearing says that the "business has exceeded expectation."

While new restaurant developments are always exciting, not everyone is delighted by Dearing's new ventures. One reader, Lorna Erleich, points out that back in 2009 his business practices and character came under public scrutiny as he ran for Detroit City Council.

Bert's Market Place

2727 Russell Street, Detroit, MI 48207 313-567-2030


15420 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230 (313) 626-5000 Visit Website