City officials excited for new pub

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published January 31, 2013

More development is coming to the southern end of the city with the approval of the Buffalo Wild Wings site plan on Harper Avenue just north of Nine Mile Road.

The 6,200-square foot building will also include an outdoor patio with seating on the 2.5-acre lot, the site of a former bowling alley, said Kent Ward, who is building the franchise location and owns 34 other Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants.

He will pull down the current block wall and rebuild a concrete or prefabricated 6-foot-high wall along the south and west property lines abutting residences, and 30-inch-high dense landscaping will protect the neighborhood on Elaine and Grove streets from headlights.

The automotive wholesale building on the property will be taken down at the same time.

“The condition of the building, to make it look aesthetically proper, we’re just going to take it down at the time of site work,” Ward told City Council Jan. 21. “If we’re going to take that down at this time, (we will) probably go ahead and do the site work” for a future development on the property and “pour the parking lot and pad.”

He said he hopes to get shovels in the ground as soon as it thaws, hopefully by mid-March.

“I think it’s a great plan,” said Councilman Ron Frederick. “We’re excited.”

“That’s going to enhance the whole neighborhood,” agreed Councilman Peter Rubino.

Ward said he hoped the entire property would look better than it has recently.

“We’re very exited to be here,” he said.

“We’re very happy, along with Buffalo Wild Wings,” agreed Walby, who hoped to see the restaurant open this year.