Despite his pull as a former Red Wing, Dino Ciccarelli has been denied a liquor license transfer for a new steakhouse in Royal Oak’s downtown district. The establishment, to be named Ballantine 22, would be located at the corner of Fifth Street and Center Street, in the Douglas J. Aveda salon. Its seating capacity would be 357.
Ciccarelli wanted to transfer the liquor license from Rumor’s over to his new establishment; he was going to pay $400,000 to do so. However, the Royal Oak liquor license board advised the City Commission to deny his request due to numerous violations at another one of his establishments. Club 22, in Shelby Township, has received 49 violations since opening in July 2006. That, combined with the fact that the city is awash in bars, clubs and restaurants, prompted the City Commission to deny his request.