After making several changes to their business plan since their first meeting with Plymouth's Liquor License Review Committee (LLRC), the City Commission approved the transfer of the the Rock Bar & Grill's Class C liquor license to Northville residents Jim and Jennifer Dales Monday night.
The permits on the license include outdoor service, entertainment and Sunday morning and afternoon sales, but will prohibit a dance floor.
The Dales, former owners of The Post Bar chain which had locations around metro-Detroit, sold their share of the business in 2006. They are now looking to get back into the business by opening an evolved concept with a casual bistro setting in downtown Plymouth.
Mayor Dan Dwyer and City Commissioners Ed Hingelberg and Meg Dooley, voiced several concerns during the first LLRC meeting on Aug. 5 which included hours of operation, the bar-like menu and most importantly, the name.
The Dales updated proposal included a name change, going from 'The Post' to 'The Post Plymouth Bistro' as well as enhancements to the menu, showing more of an eating rather than a drinking establishment.
The Post Plymouth Bistro will feature local food brands and locally sourced produce and meats, according to the plan submitted to the city.
Jennifer Dales said their next step is waiting for the closing on the building, which currently houses not only the Rock Bar & Grill, but Plaka Mediterranean Grill and two residential apartment. After that, Dales estimates it will take about eight weeks for renovations before being able to open.
Dales said they plan to remodel and clean up the outdoor service area, but don't plan on any changes of the size of the operation or to remove current tenants from the building.
"I think they (City Commissioners) saw 'Post Bar,' and they were concerned it was going to be more of the same of the place that was there," she said. "We pride ourselves on that we do know how to run a tight ship. I'm not sure what went on there, but it's not what we want for ourselves or the City of Plymouth."