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Gallery: Detroit Lawyer Revives Popular Shrimp Shack in Highland Park

December 12, 2019, 10:53 PM by  Allan Lengel

Todd Perkins and daughter Kennedy, 11.

Detroit lawyer Todd Perkins is known for representing high-profile clients including former Detroit Councilman George Cushingberry and Floyd Merriweather Jr., a middleweight champion boxer.  

Now, in addtion to his downtown Detroit law practice, Perkins has reopened a popular carryout restaurant, Miley & Miley Shrimp Shack at 13548 Woodward Ave. in Highland Park, that had been closed for about a half-dozen years.

Perkins has renamed the restaurant Lanette's Shrimp House after his wife Jetuan Lanette Perkins, who passed away in April 2016 from complications from Lupus, a long-term autoimmune disease. She was a social worker who became a stay-at-home mom who was active in community affairs. 

Opening a restaurant, Perkins said "was an idea that my wife and I had." He said the idea was that the family, including the two young children, would work there.

"We had a plan to put our kids to work on the weekend," he said, adding: "We like to cook in our family."

On weekends, you can find the children there, Kennedy, 11, and Todd Perkins Jr., 14.

The menu includes fried shrimp, chicken wings, ribs, turkey tacos and sides like collard greens and sweet yams. The restaurant opened in August.  

The restaurant normally opens at noon on Friday, but opens today (Dec.13) at 6 p.m. because it is catering a holiday party for Perkins Law Group.

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, noon-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon-midnight; Sunday, noon-7 p.m.

► Phone: (313) 438-5800 

The fried shrimp.
Tasty fries

Saturday evening at the shrimp house.

Behind the glass.

The place was named after Todd Perkins' late wife.

The ribs before the sauce goes on.

Kennedy Perkins, Todd Perkins and manager James "Doc" Riley.




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