With a nineteen-year fine dining career highlighting several top-rated culinary establishments, Chef Alan Merhar is executive chef at Evans Street Station, the celebrated destination restaurant in Tecumseh, MI. There, he directs an open exhibition kitchen presenting seasonal modern Midwestern fare with global influences. His innovative culinary creations feature stunning plate presentations that are truly works of art. In 2008, he partnered in opening two new properties, Glass House Café at Palmer Commons and its outpost GHC @ SPH, on the University of Michigan campus.
Merhar’s philosophy on food has widely been praised by both diners and the press alike. Besides obtaining the finest ingredients available on the market, he sources from local growers and producers whenever possible. Chef Merhar has developed strong partnerships with several farms throughout Lenawee County. The Evans Street menus naturally emphasize these seasonal ingredients. Merhar and his culinary team stay true to sophisticated, seasonal, from-scratch American cooking, using clean and clear flavors.
A Johnson & Wales University graduate, Merhar worked at the Peninsula Grill of Charleston, SC. In his time spent there, he developed a love for southern cooking, its ingredients, and flavors. Upon moving back to his home state of Michigan, he accepted a position with Epoch Restaurant Group, where he flourished for six years. The first three were spent at the prestigious Tribute Restaurant in Farmington Hills. Chef Merhar then took a promotion and moved to Tribute’s sister property, Forté, a Birmingham Restaurant. Now a partner at Evans Street Station, Chef Merhar is dedicated to providing gracious, genuine hospitality, and committed to creating a memorable dining experience for all guests. He regularly hosts special events such as cooking classes and tasting dinners on his home turf in Tecumseh and is a culinary instructor at Washtenaw Community College. Merhar and his wife Kathryn reside in the Tecumseh area with their two children.