After a lengthy discussion with one of the owners of Birmingham's Emagine Palladium and Ironwood Grill – now renamed and redone as Four Story Burger – the public hearing at the Birmingham city commission meeting on Monday, March 13, to consider the 2017 renewal of the establishment's liquor license renewal was postponed until Monday, March 27, in order for the planning board to review the new site plan.
At their meeting on February 27, city commissioners renewed all of the Birmingham Class B, Class C, and microbrewery liquor licenses for 2017, other than for Four Story Burger, formerly Ironwood Grill, in the Palladium Emagine Theatre, which failed to file for a special land use permit for changing the establishment's name and menu, and set up a public hearing to consider its renewal for Monday, March 13.
City Planning Director Jana Ecker stated that a certified letter had been sent on February 28 to both Emagine and CH Limited LLC, notifying them of their failure to comply with the liquor license ordinance regarding the special land use permit, with the change in name and concept, and mailing included the ordinance in the letter.
Mayor Mark Nickita told fellow commissioners the issue was, "It's an either/or – it's for renewal or not for the liquor license."
Commissioner Stuart Sherman asked if the the applicant was at the meeting. "The issue we have is the applicant is not in compliance with the ordinance for the liquor license."
Nickita noted that it had been discussed at that last commission meeting, and still had not been addressed by the owners of the establishments.
Jonathon Goldstein, one of the partners of CH Limited Holdings through Cloud Nine, which owns the Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township, came forward. "There was no change in ownership. We did change the name of the restaurant. When the previous restaurant failed, I was asked to try to create a new concept that the Birmingham community would like better. I had never even been part of the process. I had never even been in this building before."
He continued, "I falsely made the assumption that since we were not making any changes to the exterior of the building, I didn't have to do anything. I only got a letter in the beginning of February that said we were not in compliance with the special land use, which was confusing. I thought the liquor license was in. Since then it has been submitted, with all the site plans, and I thought Ron & Roman submitted everything."
It was mentioned that the company was notified in September or October that if they were going to make changes at the restaurant, they would have to amend their special land use permit to stay in compliance with their liquor license. Nickita stated that the permit had to be evaluated, "and it has to go through the process."...continued on page 2