Still Waiting for the Jolly Pumpkin to Appear

It's almost October, and there is still no sign of the great Jolly Pumpkin on Main Street.

Last winter, news that a Jolly Pumpkin may be coming to Royal Oak as early in the fall was overwhelming. Reaction ranged from excitement to skepticism over one more downtown bar.

Northern United Brewing Co. told commissioners in January it planned to move forward and purchase the Citizen’s Bank building at 218 S. Main Street, which has been vacant for more than six 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.

Well, the fall is now here, but where is the Jolly Pumpkin?

“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,” said Royal Oak City Commissioner Jim Rasor.

“So it’s just going to take longer.”

Rasor said it is his understanding Jolly Pumpkin is still committed to the project.

“I’m delighted to welcome them come to Royal Oak,” he said. “I can’t wait to see that property developed.”

Sean E October 01, 2012 at 09:12 PM
“So it’s just going to take longer.” Would love some sort of ETA, however vague it might be.
jen March 04, 2013 at 09:15 PM
I'm surprised there is still no word about when it might open.
jen March 04, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Still no word huh?
beck March 04, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Didn't the city impose a one year sunset on approvals. Things change. The city shouldn't have an open ended approval for developments. If they still want to build, they should have to start the process over. I can't get a 10 year open ended permit to build a garage on my property, for example.


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