Dylan's Closes With Hopes It's Only Temporary

The popular Grosse Pointe Park restaurant offering a variety of seafood, sushi and other menu items closed Monday "due to circumstances beyond our control," in hopes it'll only be temporary.

at Nottingham and Mack Avenue is closed after operating at that location for five years. The closure, the owners are hoping, will only be temporary, according to a sign posted to the front door and on the restaurant's website.

The locally owned and operated restaurant offered seafood, sushi and a variety of other meals along with drinks and live entertainment. Patch readers who ate at Dylan's last weekend reported being informed of the closure coming this week.

The sign posted to the door says the closure is "due to circumstances beyond our control," and expresses the desire to reopen as soon as possible--in the same location, if possible. The sign also thanks all of the restaurant's loyal diners for their support in the last five years and is signed "Rocco, John and the staff."

Additionally, the sign also states that the last week of operation was "the best business week we’ve had since our opening in 2007."

Attempts to gather more information from the owner Wednesday were abruptly denied by two unidentified men who were hauling things out of the restaurant. A third man who was trying talk to Patch was ushered back inside by one of the other men.

The building is one of the many owned by , who is currently being on a single count of solicitation to murder. , who is also being held at another lockup facility on --Bob Bashara's wife. Gentz  has told investigators he was hired by Bob Bashara to kill Jane Bashara.

While it is unknown whether the ownership of the building is related to Dylan's unexpected closure, it is the only remaining commercial business located in the building. It previously housed , which closed in the weeks after , and it housed a photography studio. Both of those commercial spaces remain empty.

The property from 15402 through 15414 is zoned as partially residental and partially commercial, according to property records obtained through . The buzz of a window-unit air conditioner on the second floor could be heard Wednesday afternoon.

It was not clear Wednesday who is managing Bashara's properties during his incarceration but the property records do not show any recent change in ownership or the addition of another person to the property.

David Griem. when Griem attempted to have himself removed from the case. He was ordered to remain on the case and to assist any new attorney hired. The new attorney is expected to make his first appearance in the case next week.

The building--not Dylan's--had been part of the criminal investigation into Jane Bashara's death at one point early on. While Jane Bashara's homicide investigation remains active, Grosse Pointe Park Capt. David Loch said Wednesday Dylan's closure is not related to any investigative order or matter in the case. Whatever is happening, Loch said, is between the property owner and the restaurant owner.

Additionally, police were called to the restaurant over the weekend following a dispute between the owner and an employee. The employee was eventually arrested for disturbing the peace, Capt. David Loch said. There was not an altercation simply a disagreement related to pay, Loch said.

Mike White August 01, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Loved working with John and getting to know him during my years in the beer business. This is definitely sad news...move to the Village, John!
Dana Zolynsky August 01, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Looking forward to the reopening! How about where Mueller's Market used to be??
GP For Life August 01, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I believe there is another restaurant slated to go in there.
Dana Zolynsky August 01, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Awesome! Any idea what kind?
GP For Life August 01, 2012 at 01:07 PM
No, sorry. Though, I think you might be able to find something on here about Mueller's closing where they talk about it.
Mark August 01, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Frapples in this case I regretfully say "I told you so". It appears your nightly jaunts there did not reveal the necessary information. I hear there could be several concepts in the works for the Kercheval commercial district in the Park. Sadly Dylan's is not one of them. I do not foresee them re-opening in GP if they ever do come back.
catherine clark August 01, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Stay in the Park, please. Just find a place w/better parking, if possible.
Mike Kosmalski August 01, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Sad news...hope you guys can reopen soon!
Bob Frapples August 01, 2012 at 03:12 PM
So very lame. I hate seeing bad things happen to good people. I hope they can get things worked out but i don't see it happening anytime soon. I used to also frequent Lucy's On The Hill (which became Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, yikes!) until they were bought by a new owner who quickly changed almost everything about the place (for the worse) and as I drove by there just yesterday the sign was down and a crew looked to be dismantling it.
Mark August 01, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I truly believe the only way Dylan's can come back is if they have a very strong landlord willing to give them a lot of concessions up front. They just aren't in the cash position to cover new build-outs and exorbitant rents that arise from too much tenant improvement. Unfortunately there just aren't many of those landlords out there. Not in the GP area.
catherine clark August 01, 2012 at 03:20 PM
RE: Lucy's. Friend and used to lunch there twice a wk. New owners changed/dropped some of the most popular items on menu, Service took a decided dip, also. They were rarely there. A restaurant is a "hands on" business. Meet your good customers, listen to them.
Tasha Lord August 01, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Come back soon, we love Dylan's!
Lois Valente August 01, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Bob's P$#$ because his feelings were hurt when Dylan's owners asked him to stop coming into the restaurant. Either he has negotiated a deal with Traffic Jam and Snug (rumor) to rent the place or he is going to file bankruptcy. If he was selling the building, it would be more attractive to a buyer if it was rented. He's just messing with Rocco and John because he can. Too bad the Mulier's market would need a commercial kitchen put in. It would be the perfect location. What about the space recently vacated by Good Girls Go To Paris?
Mark August 01, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I believe Mulier's was still a viable space for Dylan's and with some build out could have been recreated into a restaurant. The issue fell on the Dylan's side where they were not in a position to commit.
Pete Waldmeir, GP Woods August 01, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Been a regular at Dylan's for a number of years. Knew John Montgomery's dad, John, who was a Chrysler PR guy, and his brother Jeff, who headed the Triangle Foundation. Nice family. Rocco told me about plans to move to the vacant Mulier's Meat market on Kercheval down the street from Antonio's several weeks ago and I wrote something for Patch then. In Dylan's last week and Rocco said they were on the verge of closing "because he (Bob Bashara) wants to evict us." Asked him about Mulier's plans and he said, "That's out." No explanation why. Hope they find a place to land. Otherwise Wayne County Register of Deeds Bernie Youngblood will have to find a new place to sing "Danny Boy" on St. Patrick's Day.
catherine clark August 01, 2012 at 05:18 PM
BB has been asked to leave a number of places. Think he's figured out he's not welcome in GP? The law of unintended consequences.
GP For Life August 01, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I think there could be a lot of potential for a place similar to Dylan's closer in the bubble, either on Charlevoix or Kercheval. Is the old wine shop place on Beaconsfield and Charlevoix vacant still? There was an animal hospital, or something along those lines, there for a bit but I don't think it had legs. The patch "commercial" district is a great place for restaurants and bars. Good access to a walking neighborhood. You put a place in there with a good bar and a decent menu and it could do well. Look at the Dylan's, ex-Tom's, formula and replicate that in downtown patchland. Tom's and Dylan's both had a good menu with a decent price range that they executed well on. Think: upscale, value-oriented, casual dining. The only problem to this is that you need to update the buildings and put some landscaping work in. Some of the buildings in the commericial hub of the patch are total crap. It could be done, though.
Bradley Coopersmith August 01, 2012 at 06:17 PM
The great thing about Dylan's current building is the ambiance. I would hate to walk into a new Dylans with new booths and tables and have it feel like every other restaurant. I really hope they can keep this location.
Katie August 01, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Ugh. Hope they can re-open. Rabusto's location? Would area contractors/volunteers be willing to help with retrofitting? Just make it a big party.
BIll Champion August 01, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Sad news. The GPSHS Class of '72 had anticipated filling the house for a Friday night pre-40th reunion party this Friday.
V. M. August 01, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Sorry to hear Dylan's closed. Rocco, John and crew, thanks so much for the great food, great atmosphere and service. Hope you can relocate soon. Take care and the best to all of you!!
catherine clark August 01, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Village Wine on Jefferson is for sale, I believe.
Mark August 01, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Dylan's would definitely make a killing in the Patch commercial district but like I said earlier I think it is not meant to be. That being said people should stay tuned for a lot of cool stuffing happening there with multiple concepts going in to multiple sites along Kercheval.
MARK SEELEY August 02, 2012 at 12:43 AM
So True!!!!!
Chace Wakefield August 02, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Disgruntled employee August 03, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Its funny how john & rocco can tell people what they want them 2 here but the fact of the matter is their blaming bashera 4 their eviction when thats far from the truth they were in debt & now their using bashera as an excuse take it from an ex-employee they shafted everyone that was workin knowing they were closing last sunday but told people that was workin that thurday thats unfair 2 all staff
Where is my pay??!!!!! August 04, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Rocco has also shafted his employees who work in his kitchen in 100-120 degree heat out a week of pay. Not answering his phone hiding behind his attorney what a coward. Somewhere on vacation pouring MGD's in your face you POS. You don't cancel insurance on a business you have plans on reopening. The truth came out your plans to run and hide tuck your tail.
Pudenda Shenanigans August 06, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Disgruntled Employee, Perhaps you are bitter with Dylan's because you are illiterate and have no hope of landing another job.


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