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Sep 17, 2010 03:39 PM

Charley's Crab - Troy, MI

Just saw a tweet that said it had closed. Anybody know anything?

Charley's Crab
5498 Crooks Rd, Troy, MI 48098

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  1. The corporate website at shows the only restaurants still operating under the Charley's Crab name are the ones in Grand Rapids and Palm Beach.

    1. The Big Fish on 14 Mile at I-75 in Mad Heights just recently closed, and was also associated with the Meur restaurant group. Might be a group-wide downscaling?

      Big Fish
      1111 W 14 Mile Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

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      1. re: jjspw

        I didn't know that. I liked both...certainly quiet on the Detroit biz news front.

      2. Not surprised! We just live down the street and would enjoy going for drinks and eat in the bar. The past few times we were there it was so disappointing. It was certainly a great place in the day, but I think there was too much competition along Big Beaver for them. They needed to update many years ago and I think the new places just passed them by.

        1. Just two days ago I had a friend post on FB something along these lines...

          " I really wish restaurants that rocked 20 years ago weren't so disappointing. Granted, they've changed, I've changed, but I could have had a more satisfying seafood extravaganza at home and saved some cash too."

          I replied....

          Chuck Muir night?

          For the record...I was right....

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            1. re: JanPrimus

              Hmm. I wonder if this applies to the Kruse & Muer establishments as well. My last experience was just fine, and the time before that was a complete comedy of kitchen errors, but the management, and this is absolutely key, *made it right*. I left satisfied and treated well, and I hope it continues to be so.

              I can't for the life of me remember when I was last at one of the "proper" Muer places, though. There may be a big difference.

              1. re: boagman

                I don't think Kruse and Muer is owned by Landry. Last I knew it was still owned by Bill Kruse (I think that is his name). I don't go there often, but the food is generally good. Not sure if this finally changed, but for years rice with tomatoes was the only side dish with every plate. I got so tired eating it that I stopped going. That was at their Grand Blanc location, now closed, where one chain after another dots the land.
                On a side note,I did read in the Rochester paper yesterday that a movie crew took over their Rochester Steak House for three days to shoot a scene with Demi Moore,

                1. re: grouper

                  >> I don't think Kruse and Muer is owned by Landry. Last I knew it was still owned by Bill Kruse (I think that is his name).

                  That appears to be correct, according to their respective websites. According to the Kruse and Muer website at it is still owned by Bill Kruse; their "brands" are shown on the right of their home page.

                  Charley's Crab is owned by Landry Restaurants, most of whose brands are shown at Some of the brands under the Muer Seafood umbrella are not shown there, but are shown at

                  1. re: nsxtasy

                    Drove by this morning and the sign is already down. That's not to say it hasn't been there for a week, but I noticed today. Usually I'm on my way to Starbucks for the morning fix and notice nothing.

            2. Thanks for the updates. It makes me a little bit sad, the Muers along with the London Chop House and Caucas Club really set the standard for great food in Detroit for years and years. Sorry to see them kind of slink out of sight...the original Joe Muer's closed definitively and and on a high note. Wonder what will take their place?