Hamlin’s Corner, a sports-themed restaurant and part of the Hamlin Pubs chain, received the recommendation from the Royal Oak Liquor Control Committee on Thursday for a transfer of license, clearing the way for the decision to go before the City Commission – and potentially for the bar/restaurant to open by Labor Day.
The LCC approved Hamlin's Corner' request for a Class C License transfer from located at 30295 Woodward. City Commission is expected to take up the issue Monday for a vote. If approved, attorney Dennis Cowan, who was present on behalf of Hamlin’s Corner, said the build-out should be completed by Labor Day.
The vote was 2-1, with Mayor Pro Tem Patricia Capello voting no.
“This is another sports bar,” Capello said. “What we don’t need in Royal Oak is another sports bar. There is nothing new, innovative, exciting—nothing to offer that we don’t already have here in the city – just 300 more places for people to sit and drink."
What's around the corner?
Royal One, LLC, doing business as Hamlin’s Corner, will purchase the license for $250,000 and spend another $1 million in equipment and improvements to space, which it will lease monthly for $8,350 at the Main North Lofts building at 376-386 Main St., according to city documents.
Giancarlo DeAngelis and Anthony Mancini own equal shares in the establishment. DeAngelis is the majority owner of and also owns seven other Hamlin Pubs located in , , Troy, Clarkston, Chesterfield and two in . Mancini will be the operating manager/owner.
Hamlin’s Corner plans to serve pizza, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and fish and chips in the 6,700-square-foot space. The maximum capacity at any given time is expected to be 320-330 people.
Residents express concerns
The public hearing on Hamlin’s Corner was a continuation from a March 15 meeting where LCC members listened to concerns from some of the people who live directly above the proposed sports bar. There are 93 units in the Main North Lofts building.
Residents were concerned about noise coming from outdoor seating, live music and dancing, and asked that hours of operation be limited on weeknights.
Dorene Halverson wrote a letter expressing concern that a side entrance, to be used for carryout service, will trigger illegal parking for short periods of time and block the entrance to the garage for Main North Lofts residents. Additionally, Halverson expressed nervousness that the applicant has no experience dealing with bars located in a residential setting.
, located across the street at 309 N. Main, had no objections to the plan of operation and residents’ concerns at about noise and a parking have been satisfied, according to Cowan.
In a memo to City Manager Don Johnson, Lt. Tom Goad of the said Hamlin’s Corner meets all the requirements necessary to be granted a license, but still opposed the request because transferring the license to the central business district would “cause a further strain on police resources.”
Revised plan of operation
On Thursday, Goad told members of the LCC that Hamlin’s Corner submitted a revised plan of operation with the following changes:
- Exterior windows near the stage for entertainment, which previously opened and closed, will now be glass panes that do not open.
- There will be no bar or bar seating in the outdoor seating area, reducing the number of exterior seats from 27 to 20.
- All music performances will end at 1 a.m. and sound will be restricted to a level that will not adversely impact neighboring property owners.
- The establishment will seek permission from the city to designate two public parking spaces on University Avenue for carryout customers.
The City Commission meets Monday at 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of .