The much-anticipated is expected to open in about six weeks after several unrelated delays have slowed the development, developer and owner Markus Wiederkehr said.
The future restaurant is slated to offer healthy pizzas made with local, organic ingredients as well as organic and gluten-free, locally brewed beers. It will be located on Notre Dame Street near the loading driveway for Trader Joe's.
A sign marking the future restaurant has been hanging in the window for months, but from the perspective of passersby the building has seemed nearly unchanged.
Wiederkehr told Patch recently that he took possession of the building last week—eight months after signing the lease—and that progress will be evident soon.
Despite the appearance of not much going on with the space, Wiederkehr said the building's owner has been doing a great deal of behind-the-scenes plumbing work.
The project has been delayed repeatedly for a variety of reasons, but Wiederkehr told the council he plans to be open in about six weeks.
During the last eight months, Wiederkehr had to reconfigure his original plans for the restaurant to increase the seating capacity to 70. Then again, after the Wayne County Department of Health required the addition of another public bathroom for diners due to the increased capacity, he previously told Patch.
Wiederkehr is still enthusiastic about his future restaurant and said now that he has been able to take possession of the space, the project will speed ahead.
City of Grosse Pointe council members were complimentary to Wiederkehr and the restaurant, and at least one expressed excitement for it to open.
Wiederkehr recently sought and received approval from the council to alter his signage planned for the building. The new signage eliminates the previously designed logo.