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City OKs Big O's
GRAND RAPIDS — City commissioners approved an application from Kersten Inc. last week for a new state Class C liquor license exclusively designated for development districts.
Kersten Inc. owns Big O's Café at 80 Ottawa Ave. NW in the downtown district and was the first to file for the license and the first to be approved by the City Commission and Downtown Development Authority. The state's Liquor Control Commission also has to approve the request.
The new license is similar to the standard Class C license except it can't be transferred and it costs $20,000, a figure well below the asking price for escrowed licenses.