The Former Tee Bone'z location is one step closer to opening after the Fenton Township Board voted in favor of a liquor license transfer to the new business.
Owner Scott Spooner is attempting to transfer a liquor license from a Burton nightclub to the .
The board had concerns 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.
The resolution for the transfer passed with a 4-2 vote. Bonnie Mathis, Mark Goupil, Vince Lorraine and Robert Kesler voted yes. Bob Krug and Tony Brown voted no. John Tucker was absent from the meeting.
Goupil said the Genesee County Sheriff's Department report stated they had no problems with Spooner and approved the license transfer.
"If the sheriff doesn’t have an issue, I don’t have an issue," Goupil said.
Krug and Brown both said they had concerns about the charges.
"It seems inappropriate," Krug said.
"Anyone with a record of drinking alcohol and having a gun at the time has issues deeper than what we can deal with here," Brown said. "But I hope he has a successful and prosperous business."
Mathis said the new venue plans to have outdoor music, but there will be even tighter restrictions than there were on Tee Bone'z. 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.
"It's not going to be Tee Bone'z," Mathis said.
Project consultant Leroy Minto said crews have been working on painting and re-building the kitchen of the new restaurant/bar, which does not yet have a name. He said crews rebuilt the pizza room with a new roof and new lumber. The menu 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.
"It's going to be a fun place," he said.