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Downtown grill seeks liquor license

August 13, 2014
| By Pete Daly |
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An Ottawa Avenue restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids began its quest for a liquor license this morning by successfully winning the unanimous support of the city’s Downtown Development Authority.

The Parsley Mediterranean Grill, at 80 Ottawa Ave. NW near the intersection with Monroe Center, is seeking a Class C Resort Liquor License allowing the sale and on-site consumption of beer and wine.

Parsley, which opened five years ago and is owned and operated by brothers Ruby and Zaid Kaskorkis, also has a permit for food service at eight tables on the sidewalk outside its entrance.

Eric Pratt, a project manager for Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., presented the request to the DDA on behalf of the Kaskorkis brothers and described Parsley as a fast-casual style restaurant specializing in traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine.

The DDA’s unanimous vote supports a statement that the liquor license for Parsley would promote economic growth by enhancing the competitiveness and vitality of downtown Grand Rapids as a destination for dining, arts and tourism. It would also create several full and part-time jobs, and entail rehab and/or renovation investment in the property.

Ruby Kaskorkis told the Business Journal they plan to invest from $10,000 to $20,000 in the business if they get the liquor license. They currently employ six individuals.

He said they plan to build a bar in the restaurant at a later, unspecified date.

A recommendation of support will now go from the DDA to the Grand Rapids City Commission.

Pratt said the ultimate approval for the liquor license would come from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission,

“These licenses are in high demand,” said Pratt, with a “considerable backlog.” Because of that, he said it may take three to six months before a license could be issued.

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