New outdoor dining concept approved for Marais in Village

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published August 6, 2019

GROSSE POINTE CITY — A new outdoor seating configuration has been approved for Marais Market & Café at 17051 Kercheval Ave. in the Village.

The restaurant has offered a small outdoor seating area for several years on St. Clair Street, adjacent to a farmers market it had been offering on weekends, but owner David Gilbert approached the Grosse Pointe City Council for approval of an outdoor seating area enclosed by a wrought-iron-like fence “in order to serve alcohol and food,” said City Planner John Jackson, of McKenna and Associates, during a July 15 council meeting. Alcohol cannot be served in an open area.

The seating area, with three tables with umbrellas and 12 chairs, replaces the former seating area and the farmers market approved by the council in July 2017, which has been discontinued for now. As recommended by the city planner, the site plan for the new outdoor seating was approved unanimously by the council, with several conditions, including that the area be kept clear of litter and debris and that the furniture be stored in the winter.

“They’re going to keep the (other) amenities there,” said Jackson of several outdoor benches and trash cans that the public can use.

City Councilman Andrew Turnbull asked if the hours of operation for outdoor seating — from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. — are “typical of other outdoor seating” at other restaurants. Jackson said they are fairly standard.

Gilbert told the council that he hopes to bring a proposal for additional outdoor seating and a new farmers market to officials for approval next year.

“Thanks for supporting the Village as you do,” Turnbull told Gilbert.