FLINT TWP. — An official opening date is not known for Mo Pete’s Sports Retreat at Genesee Valley Center mall, but a transferred liquor license has been approved, according to a notice to the Flint Township board from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.
Approval of the township board is not needed because it was a license transfer, said Clerk Kathy Funk. But the notice was provided in case township officials wanted to submit an opinion or address any local non-compliance issues. The township board received the info as an FYI and did not discuss it.
Mo Pete is Morris Peterson, a Flint native and former Michigan State University and NBA basketball star who now lives in Grand Blanc. He is listed on the license application along with partners Nickola Gjonaj of Auburn Hills and Viktor Paljusaj of Addison Township.
Their application was to transfer ownership of an escrowed Class C & SDM license with Sunday Sales Permit (PM) and Dance-Entertainment Permit. The transfer was from Wright’s Company, Inc.; 4415 N Saginaw in Flint to the Mo Pete location in the outdoor village area of the mall, 3341 S. Linden Road. The application also requested a new Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales Permit (AM).
A Class C license allows bars or restaurants selling beer, wine, spirits, and mixed drinks to be consumed on the premises. The Dance Permit allows dancing on the premises and the Entertainment Permit covers certain types of live entertainment, excluding topless activity. The Sunday Sales Permit allows the sale of beer and wine on Sunday mornings between 7 a.m. and noon.
The sports bar will be located in a former dress shop two doors away from the Bar Louie upscale restaurant and bar that was one of original tenants in the Outdoor Village built in 2005 on the site of the defunct Montgomery Ward department store.
Liquor Control documents indicate that the application for Mo Pete’s was received on March 28 and a conditional license approved on May 9 and issued on May 16.
There was no response to a request for more information about Mo Pete’s from mall officials and the Morris Peterson Foundation.