Taqueria Mi Pueblo, on Groesbeck Highway, near Cass Avenue, is being renovated to meet proper building requirements before opening. It is on the site of the old Pogo’s bar in Clinton Township.

Taqueria Mi Pueblo, on Groesbeck Highway, near Cass Avenue, is being renovated to meet proper building requirements before opening. It is on the site of the old Pogo’s bar in Clinton Township.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


New restaurant on Groesbeck continues renovations

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published September 22, 2020

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The owner of a soon-to-be new Mexican eatery on Groesbeck Highway is working with Clinton Township officials to complete site development.

Taqueria Mi Pueblo, an approximate 1,700-square-foot restaurant, will be opening at the old Pogo’s sports bar site near Cass Avenue.

It has been mandated by officials to put in a sidewalk that extends between the nearby Meijer and Dunkin’ Donuts locations.

Township Building Department Superintendent Barry Miller said a deal was being worked out between the owner of the new business, Jose Lopez, and Macomb County in terms of vacating the closed off section of nearby Hillcrest Street.

That part of the street will be split between the restaurant and whoever purchases the property of the old gas station that was recently torn down, between the restaurant and Dunkin’ Donuts.

A new vinyl fence is also expected to be erected to cut down on noise.

“For the time being, we’ve given them the approval of the site plan,” Miller said following the township’s Aug. 24 board meeting. “They’re going to be doing a little outdoor seating on the side. … It’s gutted completely and being redone now. They’ve made a lot of headway. It was in rough shape.”

Township Supervisor Bob Cannon said the building’s interior is entirely redone, including new appliances and new windows. He said visitors would be “flabbergasted” at the artistry. He called it “very authentic Mexican.”

Lopez owns the original location, on Dix Street in southwest Detroit.

“It’s very important because it’s not only going to be a good restaurant, but it’s symbolic,” Cannon said, referring to township efforts to revitalize the Groesbeck corridor with new business options.

The old bowling alley at 15 Mile and Groesbeck is being converted to a self-storage unit warehouse, Cannon said. It will be the last of that type of warehouse due to a moratorium approved by township officials in the past year.

“You’re seeing some construction and positive changes already,” he said. “When you see one, it adds to it.

“It’s a very different strip as everyone knows because it has industrial, commercial and residential, all next to each other, up and down. It’s a challenge, but we’re up to it.”

Miller said Lopez has followed proper protocol, he added, and the only thing slowing down a grand opening has been the site plan and going through the Zoning Board of Appeals.

He anticipates an opening before year’s end, due to the work ethic exhibited by Lopez and his family members in getting it off the ground.

“He’s a go-getter,” Miller said. “He’s working his butt off.”

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