Great Lakes Sandwich Company gets winemaking license

FLINT TWP. — Looks like wine is being added to the menu at the Great Lakes Sandwich Company, 5332 Corunna Road, after the township board gave its approval Monday night to an application for a Small Wine Maker License.

Applicant and owner, Michael Gordon has already received approval from the Michigan Department of Treasury, A Federal “Wine Producer and Blenders” Basic Permit must be issued by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau prior to the issuance of a winery license.

According to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, a Small Wine Maker is licensed to manufacture up to 50,000 gallons of wine per year. It can be sold to licensed wholesalers, licensed retailers or directly to consumers for take-out or on-premise consumption from a licensed restaurant operated at the winery location. License approval involved an investigation by the Commission’s Enforcement Division,, local law enforcement approval and approval by the local governing body.

The annual license fee is $25. In April, the township board rejected Gordon’s application for a tavern license, citing a report of violations from the police department. Gordon was not present at that meeting. But he attended the next township board meeting to vehemently defend his reputation. He asked to see documentation of violations because none had been issued to him, he said.

“I have lived in Flint Township for 10 years and never seen the back seat of a police car or inside of the police station,’’ Gordon said.

“We live here. Our kids graduated from Carman,’’ he said, adding that customers give his restaurant high ratings.

A tavern license would make business even better, he said, and requested that the board reconsider his application.

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