Citing concerns about Royal Oak’s reduced police force, along with the close proximity of a school and a church, members of Royal Oak’s Liquor Control Commission have rejected plans for a dueling piano bar by a vote of two to one. The vote, which took place on November 10, has created a hiccup in the plans of Woody’s Diner owner Tony Kasab. LCC members Chuck Semchena and David Poulton rejected the plan; Terry Drinkwine approved it.
The dueling piano bar, which would also incorporate a dance floor and a Mexican restaurant, may still win approval. The seven-person city commission could approve the plan when it votes on the issue. The three LCC members also sit on the city commission, however, so it is unclear whether the plan will be approved or not.