Fazoli’s wants to become burger joint, sell alcohol

Township board vote 4-2 against liquor license transfer from former steakhouse


FLINT TWP. — A new restaurant concept called Freakin’ Unbelievable Burgers may open in six months or so with a liquor license not sanctioned by the Flint Township Board.

The Township Board voted 4-2 at its meeting Monday night not to approve a request from Spartan Pastabilities to transfer ownership of a 2010 Class C liquor license from 3141 Miller Rd., formerly Lone Star Steakhouse, to 5100 Corunna Rd., currently Fazoli’s Italian restaurant.

The application also requested an SDM (off-premise consumption of beer and wine) with Sunday sales.

The board’s no recommendation will be forwarded to Michigan Liquor Control Commission for a final determination but does mean the license application won’t be approved.

“The state can still make a decision in their favor,’’ said Clerk Kim Courts, who voted to approve the application.

Other board members did not give reasons for turning down the application. Courts said Spartan Pastabilities might also come back to the board again asking it to reconsider the request.

Shelley Plummer, who was in the audience and identified herself as a spokesperson for Spartan Pastabilities, said the owner was contemplating converting the restaurant within the next six months to a bar and burger concept. She said the new business would be called Freakin’ Unbelievable Burgers.

It would replace Fazoli’s which has actively denied rumors in recent weeks it might be closing.

“We are looking in the future to changing it over,’’ Plummer told the board. She said it would be more of a bar concept that sells burgers with big screen TVs and sales of bottled wine and beer. The project still is in the talking stages but would probably be done within the next six months, she said.

Trustee George Menoutes questioned what could happen if the new concept does not work out. He said there already are several burger joints within a half mile of this location.

Before the vote, Township Supervisor Karyn Miller asked Plummer for reassurance that outside signage would not be “F U Burgers.” Plummer said it would not.

Courts and board Treasurer Sandra Wright voted in favor of the application while trustees Parker, Vert, Miller and Menoutes voted against it.

Spartan Pastabilities is based in Lexington, Kentucky according to the liquor license application. The company has other restaurant interests in mid-Michigan.

Online records show that a U.S. federal trademark registration for Freakin’ Unbelievable Burgers was filed on March 18 and is owned by Spartan Pastabilities.

A Facebook page, posted April 27, for Freakin’ Unbelievable Burgers said that it is “coming soon’’ and includes a logo and a map of the Fazoli’s location on Corunna Road. A telephone call seeking comment from Brent Skaggs of Okemos, whose signature is on Spartan Pastabilities liquor license application, was not returned.


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