The French-inspired restaurant, Amical, has invited legendary restauranteur Joe Muer for a special evening in downtown Traverse City January 26. Joe Muer is well known in the food and dining industry—his grandfather opened the first oyster house in Detroit. Since then, the Muer family name has become synonymous with classic seafood and fresh fish dishes served in an elegant fashion with simple preparation.

The Muer’s oyster house had a humble beginning with only seven tables when it opened, but over the next 70 years, it grew to the point of serving 1,200 meals a day. It wasn’t uncommon to wait in a line out the door on weekends or to see celebrities and sports stars eating there.

Joe Muer III has carried on the family name and business after his father and grandfather. And his brother, Chuck, struck out on his own and started the seafood chain, Charley’s Crab—the closest location is in Grand Rapids.

This evening event will be in honor of the Muer family and the contributions they have made to the Michigan restaurant industry. Joe will be hosting the evening, greeting guests upon their arrival and speaking throughout the meal as each new course is plated.

The atmosphere is one that will be full of delicious flavor and rich in history with first-hand accounts of the family business. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Amical Foundation, which provides scholarships to students at Northwestern Michigan College.

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