Most cities are trying to attract new businesses to their community by creating tax incentives, but Royal Oak is trying to prevent one potential business owner from operating here.
Former Red Wing Dino Ciccarelli wants to open an upscale eatery, which would serve dried chops and wood-fired pizzas in downtown Royal Oak, but city officials said “no” to the request for transfer of a liquor license at the Nov. 10 meeting. Some people feel Royal Oak is plagued with too many bars already, and Royal Oak has laid off 12 police officers, which means less security and patrolling of the downtown neighborhood.
Also, Ciccarelli’s previous establishment, Club 22 in Shelby Township, was alleged to have 49 liquor violations, some of which included sales to minors, but only 13 stuck over a four-year period, according to the Daily Tribune.
Supporters of the new business venture say that Royal Oak is in need of an upscale steakhouse, and it would attract a more mature crowd who are less likely to cause problems. The vacant building will need renovations and the new establishment would have to hire employees to serve the customers. It could potentially help bring millions of dollars to Royal Oak; with a decrease in revenue from property taxes, the city could use the extra income.
One has to wonder if it were anyone else except Ciccarelli, would Royal Oak be more in favor of approving the transfer of the liquor license.