Troy’s Big Beaver Road-Somerset Collection corridor has become the steakhouse and seafood capital of Michigan with the opening in October of the Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill.

The 8,000-square-foot restaurant in the Columbia Center campus offers seating for more than 200 guests. The classical contemporary American cuisine menu features hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, a coffee-cured filet and signature steak and biscuits.

The new Stoney River is part of the Tennessee-based J. Alexander’s Holdings, which includes 45 restaurants in 16 states, such as the J. Alexander’s in Troy’s Somerset Collection, North.

“Like every restaurant in our distinctive Stoney River collection, our Troy restaurant will focus on providing our discerning guests an exceptional one-of-a-kind dining experience,” says Lonnie J. Stout II, president and CEO of J. Alexander’s Holdings.  “The finest in creative cuisine will be prepared from scratch  and served to our guests in a relaxed, comfortable environment by a staff of highly skilled and trained professionals.”

In creating an upscale ambiance, Stout says Stoney River uses European stemware for all wine service, high quality plateware, roomy seating packages, furniture grade tabletops, original artwork and a high level of detail finishes in all areas of the restaurant.

The Stoney River restaurant joins several other upscale steakhouses along a concentrated 1.5-mile strip of Troy’s Big Beaver Road main street, including Ruth’s Chris, Morton’s, Ocean Prime, Capital Grill, Eddie V’s and McCormick & Schmick’s.

General Manager Clayton Schader says the restaurant welcomes guests from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  His team serves brunch Sunday at 10 a.m. and remains open until 9 p.m. Private meeting space is available. 

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After 36 years as director of the CVB, Peter Fitzsimons is retiring. By Shelley Levitt

In 1985, Peter Fitzsimons, a former hotel general manager, became the executive director of the newly formed Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. He never left. In June, the 73-year-old Detroit native announced that he’d be stepping down from the role at the end of the year. 

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The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.