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Fenton Council Approves Liquor License Transfer

Mega Coney Island manager Rrok Dedivanaj plans to open a Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza franchise at 3324 Owen Road.

The Fenton City Council has approved a liquor license transfer to a local business manager, which could open the door for a new restaurant in Fenton.

The council voted 4-3 to approve the Class C liquor license to be transfered from its current owner, Galley O’Malley LLC, to Rrokstar Design LLC.

Rrok Dedivanaj, manager of , expressed interest in opening a Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza franchise at 3324 Owen Road and requested a Class C liquor license.

Chief Rick Aro said he could not recommend approval to council, based on a background investigation on the applicant.

Dedivanaj has no criminal felony convictions, but was arrested for a misdemeanor property violation in 2010 in Novi. In addition, he had two contacts with the Fenton Police Department in 2006 and 2011, involving alcohol and fights, Aro said. He was not prosecuted for any of the incidents.

In January, the in a vote to approve a liquor license, with Councilman Bland absent from the meeting.

Bland provided the swing vote Monday to approve the transfer. He said he took time to talk to Aro and Dedivanaj in detail about the issue.

"We all make mistakes," Bland told the council. "I had a nice discussion with this man. It would fill an empty building and provide more jobs. That's why I'm voting for this."

All the original votes from the last meeting remained the same.

Council members Brad Jacob, Michael Piacentini, Pat Lockwood and Bland voted in favor. Fenton Mayor Sue, Osborn, Councilwoman Cheryl King, Councilman Benjamin Smith voted against it. 

The city is able to monitor the situation.

Aro has said Fenton holds annual inspections of businesses with liquor licenses. The city began these inspections to increase communication. City attorney Stephen Schultz said, if Fenton does not approve renewal of a liquor license it triggers a number of hearings at the local and LCC levels. These hearings must take place before the state can revoke a liquor license, and there is process to follow.

Vera Hogan February 14, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Hurray for Les Bland, Pat Lockwood, Brad Jacob and Mike Piacentini for approving this. Let's move this town forward!
RyanT423 February 14, 2012 at 05:02 AM
The city of Fenton did a very poor job on conducting the analysis of the liquor licence transfer. Slandering the individuals previous history should not have been a public showcase. Mr. D had no charges nor convictions! Obviously, the city is not equipped to handle such situations. They should be welcoming individuals like Mr. D with open arms and not publicly persecuting him. I hope Mr. D continues to keep his head up and still contribute to the development of Fenton. What does "Be Closer" mean?
Graham Dawson February 14, 2012 at 04:26 PM
good!
stephanie pytlowanyj February 14, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Thank you city council! Everyone deserves a second chance in life. And if this doesn't work out, the license can be revoked. I'm looking forward to eating there :)
Flip Wilson February 14, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Chain, Chain, Chain! Bring on more chains! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
stephanie pytlowanyj February 14, 2012 at 07:02 PM
But it's in a location where all of the chains are, near the expressway. A great location IMO. Now if it was downtown Dibbleville I'd say it was inappropriate.
Holly Resident February 16, 2012 at 04:43 AM
While technically a chain, I'd say that Boston's is a bit unique given that there is only one other location in the entire state of Michigan. I've frequented the Shelby Township location several times and enjoy their food and atmosphere very much. ...and someone tell me how this is not a better situation than a building that has been empty forever now?

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