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Fenton Officials Select Clarkston Union, Arbor Brewing Co. as Finalists

Committee believe either business would fit in community and old Fenton Fire Hall.

It's down to the final two: The next tenant for the Old Fenton Fire Hall will be the owners of or the .

Fenton Downtown Development Authority members Tom Bertschy, DDA Vice Chairman Jim Saule and DDA member Doug James all chose the two business and said they would be a great fit for Fenton.

"All were well qualified, but two stood out in my mind," Saule said. "A lot of good community involvement is important for Fenton. Their menu's spoke as well."

A financial analysis of the final candidates will be conducted that may take up to 30 days to complete. A recommendation from the committee will then be made to the full DDA Board for approval. The group hopes to have decisions finalized by the DDA meeting on June 19.

"I always thought it would be down to these two," DDA Director Michael Burns said. "Either one would be a great choice. Either one would bridge Fenton."

The deal is likely for the DDA to lease the building for $1 a year for seven years and then sell it for $1.

Read about the full old Fenton Fire Hall interviews on Fenton Patch.

The DDA and the terminated its lease of the on April 26. 

Dr. Ron May 24, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Adam, I accused you of bias because I really don't see how any bi-partisan Fenton resident would choose a "brewpub" over what the Union owners proposed. Think big picture. Families or any professional I know isn't going to visit a brewpub 3 times a week -- unless they have a drinking problem. But the Union has countless patrons who do that week in and week out. If you need your craft beer fix, the Union proposal promises limited edition brews (just as they serve in Clarkston). The decision is a no brainer. Places like the French Laundry, Crust bakery and the Union Fire Hall are great for our community. Further, do not underestimate the Union's connections with print and TV media in getting statewide attention for this restaurant. I probably sound affiliated -- I am not -- just an excited resident tired of traveling out of town for food and drinks.
Adam May 24, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Seth, don't worry about sounding affiliated or anything of that matter. It makes no difference. Either way this community wins. The drinking problem comment is absurd. Considering the Union proposal is 60 beers on tap. The Arbor Brew Co establishment will have no where near that. The "craft beer fix" situation is simple. The Union prices their craft beer very similarly to the French Laundry, meaning price gouging and maximizing profit margins. Its the main reason why I (a long with a large contingent of my friends and the local craft beer community) have switch from having drinks at the French Laundry to having drinks at Blackthorn Pub in Holly. A great craft brew place with good food and reasonable prices.
Laurie May 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Everybody eats, not all of us drink. I'd rather have a place with great food.
John May 24, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I am not sure if we are looking at the history of Fenton here, each time we have a new place open up that serves alcohol, the police park in front and bust everyone who leaves. That is what runs them out of business. Not that I am supporting drinking and driving, just not in support of a business that bases its revenue on beer. Doesnt make any sense. The church is going to love having the drunk patrons urinate in thier parking lot late on saturday night before they get in to their cars and drive home. This is really going to go well. Great job Fenton. I have an idea, why not put in a strip joint? That would be perfect for the fire hall, they already have the poles!!!
Lainie D. May 28, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Whatever type of eatery/craft brewer ends up in the fire hall....I sure hope they have great food, service, prices & a welcoming atmosphere for all....would be nice to have an alternative to the Sagebrush Cantina (luv their food & priced right), the French Laundry (don't go there anymore....too pricey for what they offer), the Fenton Hotel (not much in the way of a menu/atmosphere)....Applebee's (good food offerings & prices for all), Bob Evans (glad we have them here in Fenton).

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