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Downtown Detroit Bar Loses Liquor License

Plus, Ypsilanti is getting a new brewery

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Downtown bar loses liquor license

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) has revoked the liquor license for Garden Pub aka St. Brigid’s Bathtub Pub for three violations involving selling alcohol to minors and selling alcohol to visibly intoxicated persons, according to a release. The incidents took place over a 24-month period. Owner Deone Larkins was not present at the MLCC hearing due to his incarceration for “multiple City of Detroit business violations.” The pub, located on the same block as Lafayette Coney Island and American Coney Island, initially had its license suspended for 85 days beginning on April 30 for failing to pay its MLCC fines. “There have been multiple incidents of the Mr. Larkins [sic] failing to cooperate with law enforcement, or with the MLCC, during investigations occurring on the premises,” the release states.

New brewery settles into Ypsilanti

The Depot Town area of Ypsilanti is getting a new spot for beer on June 2 when 734 Brewing Company opens its doors at 15 E. Cross St. The brewery will feature 70 indoor seats and 50 on the patio, according to Concentrate. The menu will feature options like amber ale, oatmeal stout, and fruited cream ale with pints costings around $3 to $4.

Democratic candidate for governor supports wage hike

Gretchen Whitmer, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is running on a platform that includes raising Michigan’s minimum wage to $15 per hour over three years, Crain’s reports. Whitmer’s stance is contrasted by Republican candidate Bill Schuette, who is backed by the conservative-leaning Michigan Restaurant Association and opposes a significant wage hike that would likely impact thousands of restaurant employees across the state. Meanwhile, a group called Michigan One Fair Wage is campaigning for a ballot measure that would raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2022 and phase out the tipped minimum wage by 2024.

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