Matt Prentice Resignation Puts Planned Morels Revival in Jeopardy
New restaurant was scheduled to open on Northwestern Highway in Farmington Hills this month.
If you've been eagerly awaiting the re-creation of Morels restaurant on Northwestern Highway in Farmington Hills, you may be in for some disappointment.
Matt Prentice, who last month announced the restaurant's opening, has resigned from his position as company president of Matt Prentice Group, the Detroit Free Press reports. With a new name – Epicurean Group – and new leadership, the company may not continue with the project. Prentice also operates eight restaurants in metro Detroit, including the Deli Unique and the Northern Lakes Seafood Company in Bloomfield Hills.
Prentice told Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch last month that the site for his new restaurant, a former Macaroni Grill, was "a perfect 10." However, the Free Press reported, unforseen problems with the building led to a disagreement between Prentice and company owner and CEO Stanley B. Dickson Jr.
Prentice had planned to open Morels, with a Michigan-centered menu, by March 31 and had planned to start hiring some of the 100 employees needed to open the restaurant around March 1.
Dickson told the Free Press the Morels project "will not go forward until we do a thorough investigation."