The Bronze Door makes a return
The Joe Vicari Restaurant Group became the operating partner of the restaurant in a 50/50 partnership with owner Anthony Soave of Soave Enterprises in September. “We want to bring back what once was a great restaurant and we thought that the name would be very catchy,” said President Joe Vicari of Joe Vicari Restaurant Group, adding a bronze door will be placed at the Kercheval entrance as it was in the past. The biggest change is going to be the sophisticated vibe of the establishment, which has been well needed in Grosse Pointe, Vicari said. “You’re going to know that you’re at a cool, special place,” he added. After the Joe Muer Seafood brand, around since 1917, closed in 1988, the organization brought the name back in 2011.grossepointenews.com
Dine-in service to resume
THE GROSSE POINTES — Following an order announced by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services last week, restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen with restrictions Monday, Feb. 1. The order will last three weeks until Sunday, Feb. 21. “The efforts we have made together to protect our families, frontline workers and hospitals have dramatically reduced cases and we have saved lives. “If it doesn’t make sense financially, we’ll just go back to carryout.”Still, some owners such as Dan Lemanske of The Village Grille, are happy dine-in service is resuming at all. If capacity rises to 50 percent, President Joe Vicari said, all 100 percent will return.grossepointenews.com
Andiamo in Warren loses liquor license in violation of Michigan’s COVID-19 restriction on indoor gatherings
WARREN, Mich. – The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) issued an emergency suspension of liquor license and permits for Andiamo’s Warren restaurant on East 14 Mile Road in violation of Michigan’s current COVID-19 restrictions. According to the MLCC on Tuesday, the suspension was issued on Dec. 10 for L.V. READ MORE:According to the suspension report, on Dec. 4, MLCC’s Enforcement Division were investigating a complaint they received about the licensee allowing indoor gathering in November. The report stated when investigators went to the location on Dec. 4 to investigate, they noticed a seating chart listing 62 guests with table assignments. The report stated that while tables were properly spaced, “the guests were not socially distanced at the tables or when mingling around the ballroom.
8 more Michigan eateries get liquor licenses suspended, including Andiamo
The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has suspended liquor licenses from seven more restaurants and a bowling alley for allowing in-person gatherings and disregarding the mask mandate. So far, 21 businesses have had their liquor licenses suspended since September for not following the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services orders. For the first batch of restaurants, all of the hearings resulted in further fines and all but one had their liquor licenses suspended for at least another 45 days. Here’s the latest batch of eight restaurants to get their liquor licenses suspended. The public can report any eateries with liquor licenses that are violating MDHHS orders by calling 866-893-2121.mlive.com
Warren Andiamo loses liquor license and permits after violating COVID-19 epidemic orders
It's a losing situation," Vicari said during a Zoom meeting on Dec. 2. "There are some people who've convinced me to work with the administration and look for a compromise. "But on Dec. 10, the MLCC issued emergency suspensions of the liquor licenses at the Andiamo Italia located at 7096 E. 14 Mile Rd. East in Plymouth Township also had its licenses suspended. A group of local health experts responded with a letter of their own, calling Vicari "reckless."metrotimes.com
Andiamo owner backtracks: ‘We have never and will never defy mandated orders’
The owner of Andiamo restaurants in Metro Detroit is backtracking and clarifying his intentions after first penning a letter to Michigan restaurants urging them to defy Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the state health department’s COVID-19 shutdown orders and reopen. Here is the statement released Friday:“We are and will always be citizens and stewards of Metro Detroit. We want to encourage hope and action so that Metro Detroit will survive and come out of this united and stronger. Michigan health officials have said it’s extremely difficult to contact trace outbreaks in restaurants because of the short duration a patron may spend inside.
Michigan restaurant owners call for compromise in Lansing amid struggle to stay afloat
READ: Michigan doctors urge restaurants to keep customers safe from COVID-19 by avoiding rush to reopenJoe Vicari’s restaurant group has 22 restaurants. With the possibility of another “pause” on the way from Lansing, the Michigan restaurant association predicts that 4,000 will close and 250,000 people will be out of work. Lawyers told restaurants if they open on Dec. 8 they should expect a state liquor agent. Sources told Local 4 that Detroit’s hot new food scene is predicted to close and not reopen. Gretchen Whitmer is hoping for another federal stimulus and a $100 million state stimulus.
Andiamo owner reverses course on defying Michigan restaurant orders: ‘You’re going to get shut down’
Vicari invited restaurant owners to a meeting to discuss plans, but moved the gathering to Zoom because of how many people wanted to attend. Instead, he’s asking restaurant owners for creative reopening ideas and polling owners about how dire their situation is because of the pandemic shutdown. Without financial support this time, some restaurant owners have said their business can’t survive without being open inside. Six Michigan restaurants have already had their liquor licenses suspended for defying the order and keeping indoor dining open. “Whether you have a coney island and you have 12 employee or you have 1,000 employees, it hurts,” Vicari said.mlive.com
Andiamo owners reverse course on calling for restaurants to defy Michigan COVID-19 restrictions
It's a losing situation," said Vicari, who noted he's laid off 700 employees since the latest state order went into effect Nov. 18. "There are some people who've convinced me to work with the administration and look for a compromise. "If they see you're open, it may take a day or so, but your liquor license will be (suspended). We're going to do the best we can to go up to Lansing to make a difference. I'm telling fellow restaurateurs to not go against ordinance.metrotimes.com
Andiamo owners urge Michigan restaurants to defy shutdown order, reopen if ‘3-week pause’ extends
UPDATE: Andiamo owner backtracks: ‘We have never and will never defy mandated orders’“This industry is hanging on by a thread,” Rosalie Vicari said. Rosalie and her husband Joe Vicari own the Vicari restaurant group, with high-end restaurants like Joe Muer Seafood, Brownies On The Lake and multiple Andiamo Italian restaurants. Their new letter called on Metro Detroit restaurants to band together at a meeting this week. Restaurants said the order to close dining rooms is unconstitutional and not supported by science. Yet, restaurants are closed and we just don’t understand that,” Rosalie Vicari said.
Letter urges Michigan restaurants to defy shutdown
Depending on what happens this week in a federal lawsuit challenging the Nov. 15 order, Joe and Rosalie Vicari said in a letter that restaurants need to unite and fight back. The owners of the Andiamo restaurants are urging fellow restaurateurs in Michigan to band together and open their doors in defiance of Gov. Depending on what happens this week in a federal lawsuit challenging the Nov. 15 order, Joe and Rosalie Vicari said in a letter that restaurants need to unite and fight back. The Joe Vicari Group is known for its Andiamo chain and Joe Muer Seafood restaurants. More recently the group acquired three metro Detroit restaurants; it now has 25 restaurants under the group's umbrella.monroenews.com
Andiamo owner writes letter urging Michigan restaurants to defy shutdown orders, reopen
The owner of Andiamo wrote a letter to Michigan restaurants urging them to defy Gov. “We need to band together and fight this closure,” Vicari wrote. If those efforts are unsuccessful, and the shutdown is extended, Andiamo will reopen Dec. 9, Vicari said. We need to band together and fight back, but we need to do this as a United Group of Michigan Restaurant Owners.”You can read the full letter below. We need to band together and FIGHT BACK, but we need to do this as a United Group of Michigan Restaurant Owners.
Andiamo owner partners with The Hill restaurant
GROSSE POINTE FARMS — In a 50/50 partnership with owner Anthony Soave from Soave Enterprises, Joe Vicari Restaurant Group became the operating partner of The Hill Seafood & Chop House at 123 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, in September. The group also owns and operates Andiamo restaurants, among others. It currently is undecided whether The Hill Seafood & Chop House will keep its name, according to JVRG President Joe Vicari. The partnership came about through a friendship between Vicari and Soave, with the goal of making the restaurant once again a very successful location in the Farms. It’s a well-known restaurant in Grosse Pointe (and) I think Grosse Pointe is definitely underserved with restaurants, especially I’d say one that’s a little finer dining.grossepointenews.com
Michigan Matters: Detroit on the National Political Stage and The Restaurateurs
Three veteran Metro Detroit restaurateurs Johnny Ginopolis of Ginopolis Restaurant, Joe Vicari, President & CEO of the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group, and Sameer Eid of the Phoenicia Restaurant appear on MICHIGAN MATTERS to talk about the fickle and challenging industry. Vicari discussed opening his first Andiamo and his growing family enterprise which includes a new Detroit eatery. Eid is overseeing his growing company which includes a new restaurant in Detroit opening this fall. The much-anticipated Democratic Candidate Presidential Debate will be held this week in Detroit. They also talked about Rep. Rashida Tlaib and the Democratic Party as well as the state of the Republican Party as Rep. Paul Mitchell announced he stunned many when he announce he would not seek re-election in 2020.detroit.cbslocal.com