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Rockefellers Owner Revives Plans for Downtown Location Following Fire

The restaurant will host a fundraiser for out-of-work staff on Friday

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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.

Grosse Pointe Park restaurateur Jai-Lee Dearing is redoubling his efforts to open Rockefellers Oyster Bar & Grill in downtown Detroit after a fire on Sunday destroyed two of his restaurants in Grosse Pointe Park. Dearing had initially planned to open the second Rockefellers location on Broadway in 2015, but faced significant delays due to licensing. Then in October 2015, the owner appeared to have abandoned the plan when a club called 1315 Broadway opened in the space.

Now, with both Rockefellers and Bootleggers closed with significant damage, Dearing tells The Detroit News that he’s focusing his energy on launching the downtown Detroit location this winter. “We weren’t pressured to open [the new location],” he says. “But now we’ve got plenty of employees a month and a half before Christmas out of a job.” As for the Grosse Pointe Park eateries, Dearing says he’s waiting for an assessment from his insurance company and is unsure whether he’ll rebuild.

Rockefellers’ Facebook page has since been updated with the address of the downtown location. The restaurant will host a fundraiser at its new as-of-yet-unfinished location this Friday.

We are greatly humbled by your outpouring of support in light of the tragic fire that has closed and crippled...

Posted by Rockefellers Oyster Bar & Grill on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Proceeds will go to support the staff who are out of work as a result of the blaze.

Restaurateur Hopes to Rebuild After Grosse Pointe Fire [Detroit News]

Rockefellers Oyster Bar, Bootleggers Restaurants Destroyed by Blaze in Grosse Pointe Park [ED]

Detroit’s Rockefellers Oyster Bar Faces Further Licensing Delays [ED]

All Rockefeller’s Coverage [ED]

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