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Plans revealed for new business at long-vacant Plymouth Roc property

 Plans revealed for new business at long-vacant Plymouth Roc property

A rendering of the new business that would replace the Plymouth Roc on Ann Arbor Road.

The ball is rolling to rejuvenate a long-closed prime property on Plymouth’s Ann Arbor Road.

On Sept. 13, the City of Plymouth Planning Commission held a public hearing to discuss a site plan review for 1020 W. Ann Arbor Road, the location of a variety of eateries for close to 50 years — most recently the Plymouth Roc, which closed in 2021.

The owner of the property, Straight Family Hospitality Inc., is hoping to open a casual dining and bar venue at the location.

Neighborhood feel

The proposed business — tentatively named “The Drift” (although property owner Frank Yaquinto said this could change) — would provide a neighborhood feel, with live music on selected dates, and special Sunday brunch specials, among other offerings.

The Plymouth Roc closed in 2021
The Plymouth Roc closed in 2021

Yaquinto also owns downtown Plymouth’s Compari’s on the Park and The Sardine Room.

The proposed hours of the business would be 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week.

“If approved, the new business would offer the same type of good food in keeping with our other businesses,” Yaquinto told SocialHouseNews.com.

Details, details

The design of the structure’s renovation has been handled by Joseph Phillips – Architect, LLC.

Among the myriad of issues discussed during the Sept. 13 planning commission meeting was whether the design of the renovated structure fits with the pre-existing buildings along the Ann Arbor Road Corridor; whether the renovated building’s exterior complements the current streetscape; how trash from the site will be stored and picked up — and whether a dumpster enclosure should be included in the renovation; lighting, screening of the outdoor dining area and sidewalk connectors.

A rendering of the southeast corner of the proposed business
A rendering of the southeast corner of the proposed business

Reconvening in November

The planning commission postponed the site plan review until November when the applicant is prepared to submit a revised application based on the planning commission’s suggestions.

Yaquinto encouraged residents in favor of his planned restaurant to attend the November meeting to voice their support.

Ed Wright can be reached at 734-664-4657 or edwright@socialhousenews.com.

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