FLINT TWP. — A tavern liquor license for the Vehicle City Classic Diner, 3142 Miller Road, won 6-1 approval from the township board of trustees Monday night.
Trustee Belenda Parker voted against it because it includes an extended Sunday sales permit. She stressed that she has no objection to the business.
A tavern license allows a business to sell only beer and wine for consumption on the premises.
The license still needs final approval from the state but signals that after more than a year of renovations, th e diner is moving closer to an opening date.
Vehicle City purchased the 1950s retro style diner in the Lansing area and moved it to the Flint Township site in May of 2013. At that time, management stated a tentative target opening date in spring 2014.
Neon lighting recently appeared on the shiny chrome diner that has been said to have enough room inside to seat 60 people.
The nostalgic diner is part of a comprehensive master plan Vehicle City announced in the summer of 2013 to turn its growing complex into a tourist attraction.
Originally Cummings’ Harley- Davidson of Burton, the business changed its name when it moved to Flint Township in the fall of 2009. A Chi-Chi’s Mexican restaurant formerly occupied the site but was razed to make way for the Vehicle City dealership.
The company has since acquired property fronting Miller Road, previously occupied by a small used car dealership.
The dealership was torn down and the land leveled to make way for development of an outdoor entertainment area with a demo test track for dirt bikes and ATVs, a paved pavilion, tiered grass seating and a bandshell for outdoor concerts.
Three replica Vehicle City arches like those in downtown Flint have been installed and the complex surrounded by decorative wrought iron fencing.
Look for an announcement about the diner opening in coming weeks.