Week of 8.14.17

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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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oakland confidential

August 2017

HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...more»
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Parking rules relaxed at some restaurants

02/17/2017 - Restaurants in Rochester that serve alcohol but don't have a dedicated bar area for serving or displaying alcohol will have more relaxed parking requirements under an ordinance amendment approved by city council on Monday, February 13.

The ordinance amendment was adopted Monday by unanimous vote, following a first reading of the ordinance on December 12.

Prior to the amendment, the city's code required restaurants that serve alcohol to provide one off-street parking space per 100 square feet of overall floor area, while restaurants that don't serve alcohol must provide one off-street parking space per 150 square feet of area. Under the proposed ordinance, restaurants that only provide alcohol by way of table service, without a bar area, would be required to provide one off-street parking space for every 145 square feet of floor area.
 Rochester City Manager Blaine Wing said the issue was first discussed at the city's planning commission, after a representative from a local business asked commissioners to re-evaluate the ordinance.
 "The idea is that if you have alcohol, customers will be sitting there longer, and the business will need more parking spots," Wing said.
 Restaurants may pay the city in-lieu of a parking spot for use of the city's parking structure, if the restaurant is unable to provide adequate off-street parking on its own property or through an agreement with a nearby property owner. Wing said the current price per in-lieu-of spot by the city is about $12,000.
 Only one current restaurant, Rochester Brunch House, at 301 Walnut Boulevard, would be impacted by the proposed ordinance, reducing the number of spots required from three to one. However, the ordinance amendment is likely to impact new or expanding businesses in the future.

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