Boyne City commission OKs micro brewery liquor license application [Petoskey News Review]

  • Steve Zucker (231) 439-9346   Jan 13, 2016

BOYNE CITY — The Boyne City City Commission on Tuesday gave its blessing to a special redevelopment liquor license for a downtown microbrewery that is slated to open later this year.

At its regular semi-monthly meeting Tuesday, the commission voted unanimously to support an application to the Michigan Liqour Control Commission by Stiggs Brewing Company for a special redevelopment on premises class C liquor license.

Last year, Mike Castiglione purchased the former railroad office building at 112 Park St. from Hugh and Susan Conklin, who had owned it for the past two decades. He plans to renovate the building and open Stiggs Brewing there in the spring. According to the company website, the business plans to offer its own brews and other Michigan craft beers along with local wines, spirits, meads, ciders and sodas, along with a variety of food offerings.

The licenses are permitted in downtown districts and are intended as an incentive for redevelopment in those downtown areas. To be eligible for the special liquor license, a business must be involved in dining, entertainment or recreation in the downtown. Other requirements for the special licenses include that the business must:

— have a seating capacity of at least 25 people

— be open a minimum of 10 hours a day, five days a week

— demonstrate that the applicant attempted to purchase an available escrowed license within the county and one was not readily available

— have spent at least $75,000 for rehabilitation restoration of the building

— show that there has been at least $200,000 in public and or private investment in real and personal property in the downtown development authority area in the preceding five years.

Other provisions include that the special license may not be transferred to another location and the cost of the license is $20,000.

The Boyne City Main Street Program Board voted in support of the favorable recommendation for the license.

All members of the city commission spoke favorably of the license.

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Mike Castiglione