Patch Readers Weigh In on Rock Bar & Grill Closing

Here are some of your responses to the Rock Bar & Grill closing last week.

Plymouth-Canton Patch readers were eager to weigh in on last week's closing of the Rock Bar & Grill in downtown Plymouth. 

The bar's ownership had agreed to close the business' doors by Feb. 1 and find a buyer after the city threatened recommending revocation of its liquor license. Just days later, however, the bar's doors were closed with a sign indicating it would reopen in February under new ownership.

Here are some Patch readers' comments about the bar's closing:

Bryan Bentley: "It seems clear that ownership decided it was not worth staying open, and risking another violation, which would cost them the liquor license. This move was purely about the sacred liquor license. The receipts for 20 days were simply not worth the risk. Smart move in my opinion..."

Uncle Buck: "I say we turn it into a church, so that we can pray away all the sinnin' and devil worshippin' goin on downtown! Noise complaints? Disorderly conduct? This town is dead by 10 p.m., 11 p.m. if it's not a school night. Compared to other regional downtowns (Royal Oak, Ferndale, etc) Plymouth is extremely tame and doesn't have much of a bar scene at all. But I'm in favor of changing the city's name to Pleasantville, that way we won't be associated with all the proletariat out in the township."

pk: "Everybody seems to forget that the Rock neglected to police themselves, i.e., when someone was starting to get drunk, cut them off. Stop the bar dancers - were they a dance studio too? It's alot of things adding up to one big mess that caused their downfall. Yes, Plymouth hired extra officers in order to handle the trouble at the Rock. So all you complainers find someplace else to drink yourselves silly. I like Plymouth and don't appreciate the criticizing. 

JT: "I've been extremely intoxicated at every single bar in downtown Plymouth, I live downtown and walk bar to bar on weekends and have a great time doing so with countless number of friends & family. We've yet to be cut off at any bar or refused service from any bar. Anyone who is supporting this please park your car in the middle of downtown Plymouth on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night. As a matter of fact, park your car in the parking garage. You will see hundreds of people everyone night leaving every single bar/restaurant in Plymouth intoxicated and loud..."

Readers also weighed in on what they would like to see in the bar's place:

Jennifer Cheetam: "I would love to see a good Mexican restaurant in its place."

Dennis Budziszewski: "How about a cozy little blues or jazz place?"

Bridget Butler: "I'm with Dennis. I'd like to see some music venues in town! I think that would be a great draw for the city."

Ocelot Madness: "Piano bar!"

Emily Dutton: "Sushi!"

Amy Goodsite Keeney: "A great music venue is much needed in Plymouth. I agree! Wine bar, great menu and awesome live music!"

Diane Carr January 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Didn't show my post...........
Cindy lungers January 13, 2013 at 04:03 PM
I like pleasantville.... Plymouth is a nice town with responsible citizens and visitors. If you want to drink and be loud and rowdy and disturb the residents, then I to ferndale and royal oak..where it sounds like you will be welcome.
Citizen January 13, 2013 at 07:53 PM
I don't think that a music venue would bode well in downtown Plymouth. We have the music in the park during the summer months. In the winter, most venues are too busy promoting sports to have a band come in and play. A decent Sports Bar would be great down there. A place just to watch games. Multiple TV's, different types of sports, an array of "local" Michigan beers and a nice selection of "Pub Foods". It's a roomy place, decent set up - - would be easy to incorporate multiple TV's. Make a nice patio area either on the side or in the rear. Enclose it in the Winter (for smokers). Would be a nice addition to downtown.
John McKay (Editor) January 13, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Sorry, I just picked a few from the various stories we wrote, this wasn't intended to be a roundup of every single comment.
jz January 13, 2013 at 09:48 PM
I spent plenty of time at all three of the bars located on Penniman and the Rock was no different than the other two. The Penn Grill and Sean O'Callaghan's are responsible for as many drunks, incidents and drunk drivers as the Rock was cited for.
Patrick January 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Some of us moved here because of these places. I think you would be surprised by the number of people that choose to live in the City of Plymouth because of this and other bars and nightspots.
Patrick January 13, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Multiple TV's, different types of sports, an array of "local" Michigan beers and a nice selection of "Pub Foods" That describes half the bars in plymouth and the township. I'd hate to see another one of those. Lets see something new
Citizen January 13, 2013 at 11:14 PM
A Music venue is not the way to go. Sushi is not the way to go. A Piano Bar? Really? Come on. A good Mexican Restaurant is not the way to go either - - we had one...a GREAT one, and now that's gone too. There's a "Stuffed Burger" Restaurant in it's place....odd. No, it doesn't describe half the bars in and around Plymouth...there are none that cater to Sports specifically. It could be HUGE. The Penn has a lot of TV's....sure BUT does not specifically cater to the Sports arena nor do they have amazing "Pub" food and/or local Michigan beer. When you walk by a bar in that area, you want to be able to look in the window and SEE all of the excitement from there. It needs to draw you in. That part is going to fall on the shoulders of the NEW owner and Management. Something new YES - - - Sushi, Raw Bars, Music venue, Mexican Restaurant - - NO. My idea may not be the best idea either. I would hate to see it sit empty is all.
jz January 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Plymouth is not the kind of town where a sports bar would be popular. I'd also have to guess that you've never eaten at the Penn as everything on their menu is fantastic.
Ocelot Madness January 13, 2013 at 11:28 PM
So you want Ironwood #2 in downtown? They might not have a ton of craft beers, but it caters to sports and has pretty good food. Any type of music venue would be an addition as there is no place currently like that in town. Music in the park is only 1 night a week during the summer. There are plenty of other nights that music lovers need a place to go.
Citizen January 13, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Yes JZ - - I have eaten at the Penn - quite often in fact. Their food is mediocre at best. The Music Venue would have to be something more than a Jazz place - - definitely not a Piano Bar. I'm not totally against a Music Venue....just "hoping" for something a little better than the aforementioned music venues. Good talk.
Patrick January 13, 2013 at 11:44 PM
In addition to the Penn there is Doyle's, Hermann's, The other rock bar (Rock south?) That's three sports bars in one small city. I'm not saying it should be a music venue, I'm just saying it shouldn't be another sports bar.
jz January 13, 2013 at 11:46 PM
You're crazy, the Penn has great food, especially for a bar.


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