FLINT TWP. — The township board was unanimous in its disapproval of a liquor license for a bar on Corunna Road with a history of being a trouble spot.
The application from Econo Pub of Novi to operate the Valley Pub, 4186 Corunna Rd., requested the transfer a Class C liquor license with a dance permit from M & H Beverage Inc. which operated at the same location.
The Valley Pub is adjacent to the Economy Motel, a suspected drugs and prostitution haven, where police in March arrested five people in connection to the shooting death of a 55-year-old Grand Blanc woman who was carjacked at a nearby gas station.
Board members voiced reservations about the bar’s history. There also was some confusion over how food would be prepared.
A township ordinance requires food service at all establishments serving alcohol be a minimum 30 percent of gross receipts, said Tracey Tucker, of the building department.
Food service also cannot include more than 30 percent of prepackaged heat-and-serve goods.
The application indicated the bar’s kitchen would not be used but food would be served. A menu provided with the application said frozen pizza, hamburgers and hotdogs would be served as well as sandwiches warmed in a toaster oven along with chips, nachos and other snack foods.
Trustee George Menoutes said he doubted much food would be served with only the use of a microwave or toaster oven.
Under past ownership, the bar was grandfathered from having to comply with the food service ordinance but is now under new ownership and subject to new rules, Tucker said.
Treasurer Sandra Wright asked if a separate application was needed for the dance permit.
“We should require he fill out what he needs to fill out about the entertainment permit,” Wright said. “It should hot be approved before we do that.”
The board briefly considered sending the application back to get questions answered.
But Trustee Frank Kasle said he was ready to make a decision because he was going to vote against it no matter what is done to clear up questions about dancing and kitchen use.
“There have been lots of problems in this area,‘’ Kasle said regarding police calls at the bar and motel.
In a separate action, the board unanimously approved a Class C liquor license transfer for El Ranchero, a Mexican restaurant, 2091 S. Linden Road, but removed a provision that would also allow packaged liquor to be taken off the premises.
The escrowed license was transferred from the Magic City Club at 1009- 1011 E. Stewart in Flint.