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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 is aiming to re-open its doors Monday Sept. 17, according to Building Official Gene Tutag. The restaurant has been closed since early June when 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.

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 , 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.

Katie September 07, 2012 at 12:47 AM
We need more regular police presence cruising and the old days tough as nails mentality. Apparently the perps are no longer affraid of GP like they used to be?
Bradley Coopersmith September 10, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Katie, They are absolutely not afraid. Homes that are one street from police station are having attempted burglaries and car thefts.
GP For Life September 10, 2012 at 05:10 PM
To put it bluntly, enforcement methods have changed. Thanks to certain investigative (I use that term very loosely) journalist (another loose term) making unsubstaniated claims about the Grosse Pointe Police enforcement methods. We should go back to what we know works.
Chris K September 10, 2012 at 06:22 PM
GP For Life: Sure would like to see the story you are referring to as I don't recall reading anything, recently, if at all. I don't think it is about setting speed traps any more and I daresay I rarely see patrols along Mack, something that many who post here suggest is an essential piece of prevention. It would require the coordination and cooperation of the respective police departments that have responsibility for Mack and therein may lie the problem, there is not enough coordination of services. In the meantime it's "divide and conquer".
Katie September 10, 2012 at 07:43 PM
GP: Are you referring to changed enforcement methods due to the possibility of the Public Safety departments being sued for 'profiling'? If so, it's a sad commentary about how communities as a whole or citizens individually are supposed to protect themselves. As concerned citizens we normally would call in to report any suspicious activity, persons loitering that are obviously are not visiting anyone in particular and describing the person – sex, race, relative age, height/weight, clothing….I would hope the PSO’s would be doing the same while on patrol.

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