FLINT TWP. — Cooper’s Bar has become the latest in a growing list of businesses that failed to make a go of a restaurant and banquet facility at the corner of Bristol and Van Slyke roads.
Since about 2007, the Tudor-style brick building at 1519 Bristol Road has been home to four or five enterprises including Liquid’s Sports Bar & Grill circa 2008 and Fish Bonz Grille Banquet & Convention Center which opened in 2007 then changed its name to Bristol Fish and Grille during its brief tenure.
When Cooper’s opened in late May of this year, it sounded like the new owners had a sound business plan. They served Michigan-made products and were working to renovate the banquet hall part of the building. They featured nightly specials and musical entertainment and attracted regular patrons for the meeting room. Cooper’s was chosen as the host site for the Swartz Creek Chamber of Commerce’s Creek Speaks networking meetings held on Tuesdays.
The first inkling something was amiss came from a Chamber announcement in late October that it was moving the site of its Nov. 1 Creek Speaks network meeting to another location due to the “temporary’’ closing of Cooper’s. Chamber officials declined comment on the closing.
A for-sale-or-lease sign outside of Cooper’s indicates that the business is permanently closed. A notice from the Genesee County Health Department posted on the front door by the county Health Department is a formality.
“We did not close them,’’ said a spokesperson from Environmental Health Services which handles restaurant inspections.
“Coopers closed on their own,’’ she said. “When they do that, it is our protocol to put an orange sticker on it so the next person that comes along can’t just put up a new restaurant without asking.’’
Cooper’s owners David Carter and Mike Schuchaskie of Lansing, could not be reached for comment. In an interview in June, they said they were attracted to the building’s location and appearance. They invested in signs and renovation, added a dance floor and deejay’s booth and appeared committed to a long stay.
For many years until 2001, the location operated successfully as the Beechtree restaurant and banquet facility, one of several eateries operated by noted restaurateur Doug Bosley.
Carter and Schuchaskie were leasing the 10,000 square foot building which boasts three fireplaces, a meeting room, banquet facility and restaurant/bar area.