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Meritage Hospitality and Orion move on $24M waterfront development

November 28, 2012
| By Pete Daly |
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Meritage Hospitality and Orion move on $24M waterfront development
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A new restaurant owned and operated by Meritage Hospitality Group of Grand Rapids Township will be part of a new $24 million waterfront development in Port Huron that is under construction management by Orion Construction of Grand Rapids.

Meritage has announced it will open a 200-seat restaurant, Freighters, next spring at the Blue Water Area Convention Center development on the St. Clair River where it enters Port Huron. The development plan is anchored by the new convention center, which is planned to open in 2015 and will have 45,000 square feet of meeting and convention facilities. Adjacent to it is a 149-room Hilton Double Tree Hotel now under renovation, plus the future Freighters restaurant and a new Baker College Culinary Institute.

The development is co-sponsored by a public/private partnership involving the City of Port Huron, St. Clair County, private investors and Baker College.

Freighters is a full-service, casual dining concept introduced by Meritage. Robert E. Schermer Jr., CEO of Meritage, noted that the waterway there “has more freighter payload passing the restaurant location than flows through the Suez and Panama canals combined.”

“The unique destination nature of this waterfront property represents a landmark opportunity for Meritage to add value in a significant Michigan public/private community re-investment program,” added Schermer.

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