Liquor for The Lunch Room, Silvio’s

Liquor licenses for two downtown Ann Arbor businesses have received a positive response from the Ann Arbor city council. The Lunch Room was recommended by the council for a special downtown development liquor license. And Silvio’s Organic Pizza was recommended for a change in classification for its existing license from a Tavern license to a Class C license.

The council’s actions came at its Jan. 21, 2014 meeting.

In more detail, the council voted to recommend that the Michigan Liquor Control Commission approve a special downtown development liquor license for The Lunch Room at 407 N. Fifth Avenue. That category of license was made available by the Michigan legislature in 2006 for cities that established districts where such licenses would be granted. The requirements include investment in the rehabilitation of the building that houses the establishment seeking the license, and a determination that the recipient of the license be recommended “above all others.”

The change in the classification of Silvio’s Organic Pizza license from a Tavern license to a Class C license means that Silvio’s will be able to serve hard alcohol. A key difference between a Class C license and a Tavern license is that a Class C license allows the sale and consumption of not just beer and wine, but also liquor. Silvio’s is located at 715 N. University Ave.

This brief was filed from the city council’s chambers on the second floor of city hall, located at 301 E. Huron. A more detailed report will follow: [link]