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UPDATE: Jolly Pumpkin Says 'No' to Former Bank Site, Others Interested in Location

The nearly $2M development was expected to create 95 jobs in Royal Oak.

Jolly Pumpkin says "no" to former Citizens Bank building, but is still interested in Royal Oak.
Jolly Pumpkin says "no" to former Citizens Bank building, but is still interested in Royal Oak.
UPDATE, Jan. 29, 8:43 a.m.: According to City Manager Don Johnson, another developer may be interested in the former Main Street bank property.

"I don't have all the details on this, it's been in litigation,  but I don't believe it is simply a title problem. The option expired and the owner was no longer willing to sell at that price.  I heard this was resolved or about to be, that Jolly Pumpkin is out of the picture and that others are interested in the building," Johnson said.

Jan. 28, 12:08 p.m.: According to the Detroit Free Press, Jolly Pumpkin Café developers have given up on the former Citizens Bank building located at 218 S. Main Street over issues with the title.

Northern United Brewing Co. told Royal Oak commissioners in January 2012 it planned to move forward and purchase the Citizen’s Bank building, which has been vacant for more than eight years, for $950,000 and spend another $1 million in fixtures, equipment and improvements.

Jolly Pumpkin said it would create 95 new jobs in Royal Oak serving hearth-baked pizzas and gourmet salads with "homemade” alcoholic beverages.

“The original owner reportedly lost the property to foreclosure, and then the bank, which took it over, went belly up and was taken over by the government. So there’s a lot of negotiations and paperwork that has to happen,” former Royal Oak City Commissioner Jim Rasor told Patch in 2012. “So it’s just going to take longer.”

Apparently, two years is long enough to wait.

“We finally gave up on that location,” developer Jon Carlson told the Free Press. “But we haven’t given up (on the project) and are looking for new sites in both Royal Oak and Detroit.” 

Any ideas for a new Royal Oak location for Jolly Pumpkin? Tell us in the comments.
Judy Gates January 31, 2014 at 07:07 AM
I think the bigger picture here is when will the title to that eyesore property be clear so something can replace it! Do you really think that other businesses are knocking at the door of a property that Jolly Pumpkin has waited 2 years for?…..
Laura Harrison January 31, 2014 at 09:23 AM
I don't know what bank or banks are involved, but I will bet they are not local and are holding out for the big bucks. I will also bet they don't even know where Royal Oak is.
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V January 31, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Don't really care about the beer side of it, but pizza is a tad much overdone. Already the majority of downtown bars/restaurants serve pizza. Why can't we have a nice pub instead? (2nd floor pub on 11 mile and Main is all glitz for that same young crowd, but serves substandard food - I am a foodie, though I love some good pub fare.)
A Person February 10, 2014 at 02:13 PM
hopefully jolly pumpkin will move into the place beirut palace was. great place for an outdoor brewery.

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