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Meadow Brook Concert & Cuisine
More than 350 ($85 - $125 tickets) convened at Oakland University for the annual summer fundraiser for MBT - “Michigan’s answer to Broadway.” Before the food stations opened, folks lollygagged outside sipping beer and wine from the Rochester Tap Room and bid $9,000 for the silent auction items Colleen Brnabic and Maryann Foxlee had set up in the hallway. Generous local restaurants (see photo gallery) served savory fare for dining on the stroll before the theatre doors opened. Artistic director Travis Walter conducted a live auction with his trademark good humor. He got $500 from two bidders for two Dickens packages that included a walk-on role in MBT’s “A Christmas Carol” and $900 for a Fender Squire Guitar signed by The Grass Roots Band.
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04/14/2017 - A decision to amend the special land use permit and then to consider terminating it for the Emagine Palladium/Four Story Burger– in essence terminating their ability to sell alcohol on the premises – was postponed until Monday, May 8, by the Birmingham City Commission after owners Paul Glantz and Jonathon Goldstein were unable to attend the commission meeting on Thursday, April 13.
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, at 250 N. Old Woodward, for failing to file for a special land use permit for changing the establishment's name and menu.
A public hearing to consider the licensee renewal was set for March 13. After a lengthy discussion with Jonathon Goldstein, one of the owners, during the March 13 public hearing, commissioners requested that the city's planning board review a completed site plan packet and special land use permit change request, which was held on March 22, before commissioners renewed the liquor license. Commissioners renewed the establishment's liquor license on March 27.
However, the public hearing to consider an amendment to the original special land use permit and final site plan to permit the establishment to change the name of the restaurant was still necessary, and scheduled for April 13, along with a public hearing to consider terminating the special land use permit for non-compliance.
Commissioners have been repeatedly perturbed that owners Paul Glantz and Jonathon Goldstein have not made themselves available to the commission, sending alternate representatives before the commission. An attorney for the company, along with Goldstein's wife, Lauren, were in attendance on April 13, but that did not satisfy commissioners.
"We want them to take the situation seriously," commissioner Stuart Sherman said. "Follow the rules. We put down the rules to protect everyone."
The commissioners then postponed the public hearings until their meeting on Monday, May 8, and told their representative to convey to Glantz and Goldstein that if that date is not convenient for them to attend, they would move the public hearing until they can make it.
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