Mack Avenue Grille to Re-Open Sept. 17
Following an unexpected closure only about a week after opening, the remodeled and redesigned Mack Avenue Grille is slated to re-open for business Sept. 17 after contractors finish up a bit more work related to the re-bricking of the building.
The Mack Avenue Grille is aiming to re-open its doors Monday Sept. 17, according to Grosse Pointe Woods Building Official Gene Tutag. The restaurant has been closed since early June when the bricks on the other side of the building ebruptly fell off the cinderblock wall shortly before 5 a.m.
The restaurant had only been open for a week or so when the bricks fell and Grosse Pointe Woods officials deemed it unsafe for operations until repairs were made. Both the restaurant and Sherwin Williams Paint store had to close while the building's owner had crews remove all of the brick facade and rebrick the building.
Sherwin Williams reopened in late August. Since crews have been working at the Mack Avenue Grille to finish up additional adjustments necessary as a result of the rebricking.
Tutag said the goal is for them to re-open Sept. 17, which he believes will happen. He said contractors working on the restaurant side of the building should be complete with their work by then.
The restaurant was often full at lunch and drew a waiting list its first weekend open and many in the community have expressed their hope that it will continue to do well after it re-opens considering its abrupt, unexpected closure such a short time after having its grand opening.
Meanwhile, Grosse Pointe Woods police are investigating the theft of a pipe threader from a contractor doing work on the restaurant.
According to a report, one of the employees walked around the building to find a man carrying a compressor over to a teal colored vehicle last week. The contract employee yelled and the man dropped the compressor and drove away. The employee then noticed the pipe threader, valued at $3,500 to be missing a short time later.
Officials determined that metal stays used to help the bricks attach to the cinderblock had eroded, causing the bricks to peel from the entire one side of the building. It was witnessed by a Woods Public Safety officer who thought initially there was a fire because of the smoke.
The bricks caused dust to billow up and roll across Mack Avenue shortly before 5 a.m. that morning. Due to the corrosion on the metal stays, Tutag required that the rest of the bricks be removed because the same potential existed for the front side of the building, which would put anyone walking past the businesses at risk.