mens ugg style slippers New name for Partridge Creek seafood eatery may spark more litigation
Operators of what was to be called Muer Table + Bar recently put up signs indicating the eatery s title will now be M s Table + Bar Hosted by David G. Muer.
That has the operator of Joe Muer Seafood considering contempt charges to filed in an ongoing lawsuit. A Macomb County judge previously banned the restaurant from using the Muer name in its title or implying it is affiliated with Joe Muer Seafood.
It was really surprising to us to see those signs on Friday after a judge told them not to use the Muer name, said Raechel Badalamenti of the Clinton Township law firm Kirk, Huth, Lange Badalamenti.
The firm represents Joe Vicari of Joe Muer Seafood of Detroit and Bloomfield Hills, which sought an injunction in May, saying the proposed name would infringe on trademarks he holds and confuse potential diners.
Macomb Circuit Judge Kathryn Viviano granted the injunction.
Karet Projects LLC, which is leasing the former Tin Fish nightclub building on Hall Road, continues working on the interior. Employees of nearby businesses at the mall say the managers have indicated they will open in the next couple of weeks.
Badalamenti s firm said attorneys for Karet Projects have been asked to affirm they will not use the Muer name or contempt charges could be filed this week.
Jonathan Frank of the Southfield based firm Maddin, Hauser, Roth Heller, which is representing Karet Projects, did not return a phone call or email seeking comment.
Karet Projects is made up of David Muer,
a relative of restaurateur Joseph F. Muer, who launched the well known seafood restaurant in 1929 on Gratiot Avenue in Detroit; restaurateur Thomas LeFevre; and Jerome Moffitt, the former deputy Macomb County treasurer.
Their attorney has previously said David Muer is legally allowed to open a business using the Muer name as long as he is not seeking to confuse consumers.
In February, The Macomb Daily reported David Muer is a cousin to the Muer brothers of Detroit seafood restaurant fame and worked as a maitre d at the original Joe Muer s restaurant in the 1970s. He formerly operated Blue Pointe restaurant on Detroit s east side for 32 years until 2015.
Last week, Judge Viviano dismissed a request from Vicari s attorney to order Karet Projects to comply with requests for information sought for depositions in the ongoing litigation.
The dismissal was in response to Karet Projects, which indicated they would comply with the request, according to Badalamenti.
Also Monday, Stephanie Mittelstedt, a development manager for the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce Industry, announced on Facebook that she was leaving the chamber to become marketing and sales director for M s Table + Bar.