Plymouth ROC to Retain Liquor License — With Conditions
Bar and restaurant takes corrective action on past ordinance issues, will receive quarterly checkups from city.
The Plymouth ROC will retain its liquor license, but will receive quarterly reviews from the city after a vote Monday from the Plymouth City Commission.
The bar and restaurant, located at 1020 W. Ann Arbor Road in the city, faced revocation of its liquor license after multiple reports of alcohol-related incidents since opening in 2009, such as drunk-driving arrests, operating after hours and serving underage patrons.
During a Local Liquor License Review Committee meeting before the City Commission meeting, Keith Kecskes, the attorney representing the business, said the Plymouth ROC has implemented measures to prevent some of the earlier reported issues, such as implementing an ID verification machine at the point of entry, securing the back door, eliminating dollar-beer specials in favor of $2 bottles and ensuring an owner is on-site during peak bar hours on Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays.
Plymouth Police Chief Al Cox said there haven't been any issues at the business since the measures took effect.
Kecskes also said the employees responsible for the alcohol-related issues have been terminated and current employees are being retrained and certified.
"We'll take stronger measures to ensure younger-than-21 members do not arrive and seek alcohol," Kecskes said.
Part of the verification system, Kecskes said, is giving wristbands or stamps to those older than 21.
Mayor Dan Dwyer told Kecskes that by using wristbands and stamps, the business appears more as a nightclub, not the family-friendly restaurant proposed in its business plan presented to the city three years ago.
Based on a unanimous recommendation by the Local Liquor License Review Committee, the Plymouth City Commission voted for the business to keep its liquor license, but it will receive quarterly reviews by the city, given its past problems.
Commissioner Gerald Sabatini cast the lone dissenting vote, saying the corrective measures indicate more problems.
"If this is required to maintain business operations, the business plan is completely wrong," Sabatini said.