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Posted: 04/02/14

Bruce Twp. objects to
liquor license renewal

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      Bruce Township is moving forward with plans to gain one of its final liquor licenses back.
       The Board of Trustees voted 5-0 on March 19 to send objections to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to the renewal of a liquor license for a closed restaurant.
       A resolution the township passed on Nov. 9, 1981 provides qualifications an establishment must have to receive and keep a Class C license, such as being an eating or dining operation with minimal seating of 100. If an establishment doesn't comply the township can object to license renewal.
       The township's final two licenses were granted in January 2012 to a Bruce Township Restaurant LLC, which was Legends Roadhouse before it closed in May, and Times Square Restaurant.
       The board had to take action within 30 days of the renewal, with both licenses up on April 30.
       Clerk Susan Brockmann said the township located the license holder related to the Bruce Township Restaurant LLC through the state liquor control commission and sent them information asking what their plans were for the license.
       She said an attorney representing the license holder argued against the township trying to revocate the license, but Brockmann pointed out this was only objecting to the renewal.
       "The license is not being used in our township," she said.
       No representatives for Bruce Township Restaurant LLC were present at the March 19 meeting.
       George Gojcaj, owner of Times Square Restaurant, told the board that due to tough financial situations it's been difficult building up his business to accommodate the license. However, his plans were to begin serving liquor as of the end of March.
       "I want the township and the community to know that from day one I was paying liability insurance because I had every intent on putting it in there," he said.
       Brockmann said having met with Gojcaj to discuss his plans she was convinced that he should keep it. The board agreed, taking no action to object to its renewal.
       A Class C license permits the selling of beer, wine, mixed spirit drinks and spirits for consumption on premises. Brockmann said a restaurant is currently seeking a license in order to establish itself in the township.


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