There is a lot of talk in Royal Oak right now over the proposed dueling piano bar at Main and Sixth Street. I spent some time in the Starbuck’s on Main Street talking to residents about what they thought about it.
The owner of Woody’s wants to open an upscale piano bar in the never-occupied building at Main and Sixth Street. The first floor would house the piano bar, and the second floor would house a Mexican restaurant. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church submitted an objection to the liquor license.
While talking to the residents of Royal Oak, I found that many of them did not realize that the proposed Royal Oak piano bar was not going to be marketed to kids in their twenties. Many were accepting of the idea when they found out that the planned clientele was people in their thirties, forties and fifties.
“I think that Royal Oak needs more establishments geared towards an older crowd,” Tammy Westmont says. “Maybe the church didn’t realize that this was not another kid’s joint.”
Jeremy Thompson believes that, “Royal Oak needs to get more places in here for the older crowd. They spend more money, and cost less to clean up after.”
Thompson’s wife, Bethany, says, “Royal Oak has enough bars already. I don’t care who it is geared towards, it is still another bar.”
The debate rages on.