Work is continuing on the former building in efforts to open a new restaurant and bar in Fenton Township.
Project consultant Leroy Minto said crews have been working on painting and re-building the kitchen. He said plans are to open a restaurants/bar, which does not yet have a name, that will include a creative small plates menu with fresh seafood, creative salads and beach bar grub. He said the restaurant would be family-friendly, especially for lunch.
Minto said the business plans to have live music outside. He said the deck will be insulated by a wall of volcanic rock fiber to prevent the sound from carrying across the lake. In January of 2010, Fenton Township revoked a permit that allowed live music at the location because of complaints the music continued after the 11 p.m. curfew allowed by the permit.
Minto said crews have been working on the building for about a month. He said crews rebuilt the pizza room with a new roof and new lumber.
“It’s been a huge amount of work,” he said. “The kitchen was a huge mess when we got here.”
Owner Scott Spooner is attempting to transfer a liquor license from a Burton nightclub to the location. The board is scheduled to make a decision on the transfer at its June 4 meeting.
The board has concerns, however, as Spooner has had trouble with the law. He faced an Operating While Intoxicated charge and had a concealed weapon during the incident in December 2011, reported.
“Why would I want to approve a liquor license to someone who, at least on that day, at that time, at that instance, had a problem?” Township Clerk Robert Krug said in the article.
Minto said they would know more about a possible opening date after the license decision.
“It’s going to be a fun place,” Minto said.