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Downtown Bars Petition for Name Changes, Dance Permits and More

Ale Mary's, Onyx and Drink Market are some of the proposed spaces the Royal Oak City Commission will explore at its Monday meeting at City Hall.

Four downtown establishments will ask city officials to approve changes to their plans of operation when the City Commission meets Monday at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Who's asking for what?


Tom's Oyster Bar, 318 S. Main St.

Tom's request includes adding an additional bar permit, changing the interior and outdoor seating layout and renaming the north side of business to Ale Mary's Creaft Beer Eatery. Ale Mary's would be a full service restaurant that would have a different menu than Tom's Oyster Bar.

The Royal Oak Police Department does not object to the changes.

Gemmayze, 308-310 S. Main St.
Gemmayze's request includes changing the name of the second floor to Drink Market, adding a dance floor and DJ booth and removing the tables on the second floor and replacing with all lounge seats. If approved, owners intend to enclose the building's two atriums to separate the first and second floors.

The Royal Oak Police Department does not object to the changes.

Woody's Diner. 208 W. Fifth Ave.
Woody's request includes changing the name of the of the first floor to Onyx and decreasing the seating by adding high top booths. Onyx would feature a more upscale dining experience. 

On the second floor, the plan is to increase seating to 202 seats, including 32 seats on the dance floor area that would be moved after dining hours. The applicant would also like to add a VIP area and a shuffle board table. The third floor would not change nor would the the overall seating capacity for Onyx and Woody's combined.

Though the Royal Oak Police Department has encountered numerous issues with disorderly patrons at Woody's, the management is cooperative, according to police, and the department does not object to the changes.

"The proposed changes are an effort by the applicants to attract a more mature customer base," according to a report submitted by Lt. Mike Frazier.

Royal Oak Music Theatre (ROMT), 318 W. Fourth St.
The ROMT would like to increase its capacity to 2,050 to attract more national acts. It's currently approved for 1,700 persons.

The Royal Oak Police Department does not object to the changes.

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