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By Mitch Hotts, Macomb Daily Staff Writer

A longtime Detroit restaurateur has plans to bring new life to the closed Tom's Oyster Bar on the Nautical Mile in St. Clair Shores.

Dimitrios Papas, who runs the Pegasus Taverna near the Greektown Casino in downtown Detroit, will convert the Oyster Bar into a new Pegasus, according to city officials and documents.

"We understand Mr. Papas will renovate the building and reopen it as a Pegasus in time for the boating season this summer," said City Clerk Mary Kotowski. "It's very exciting news for the city and especially for the Nautical Mile."

The St. Clair Shores City Council recently approved a liquor license transfer for Papas' company, Odyssey Ventures, L.L.C. The transfer is expected to be approved by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission in the coming weeks.

Odyssey initially sought permission from St. Clair Shores to serve alcohol and food until 4 a.m. but has since withdrawn the request. Papas could not be reached for comment.

Marie Racine, a Detroit-based attorney representing Odyssey Ventures, said Papas was ready to make a public announcement on his plans, but confirmed he has received the license and looks forward to doing business in St. Clair Shores.

"I have to say that Pegasus is one of my favorite restaurants," she said. "I can eat there over and over, and quite often do."

Tom's Oyster Bar, formerly operated by Lakeshore Food Company headed by James Giftos of Grosse Pointe Shores, shut down in January of 2009. It was one of several of the Oyster Bar eateries, which also include Detroit, Royal Oak and Rochester Hills.

City boosters have been hoping someone would step in to fill the vacancy as the facility is in a premier location on Jefferson at 10 Mile along St. Clair Shores' famous Nautical Mile, a one-mile stretch of bars, restaurants, and shops.

Donna Flaherty, president of the Nautical Mile Merchants association, also owns Gifts Afloat, a longtime specialty store of nautical-themed attire, gifts and décor near the restaurant.

"We're delighted to find out Pegasus will be filling the building. They're going to be a wonderful addition to our area," Flaherty said.

There's been a flurry of activity in other key St. Clair Shores entertainment destinations in recent weeks including:

• Jack's Waterfront, a longtime nightclub on Jefferson near Nine Mile, shut down in the past few weeks amid reports of new ownership and its liquor license has been placed in escrow, according to state records. Tom LeFevre, the past owner, did not return a phone call for comment.

• LeFevre is also the owner of 9 Mile Harper L.L.C., which is trying to secure a liquor license of the former Shores Crest Lanes bowling alley, which closed in the fall of 2008.

LeFevre has purchased the building on Harper near Nine Mile but has yet to clear the paperwork on the liquor license, according to city documents.

He plans to sell the license to a company in Eastpointe for use in that community. City records show LeFevre has plans to demolish the bowling alley for an undisclosed development. The issue is scheduled to be acted on at tonight's City Council meeting.

• Also, the Fifth Third Bank has secured ownership of the liquor license for the now closed Eastside Howard's on Greater Mack after the former owner went out of business. The bank is in the process of trying to sell the business.
 

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wow, thats a lot of goings-on in st. clair shores

heard rumors about the old shorecrest lanes site being a bw3

wonder whats the scoop with jacks?? will it be open and better for boating season???

and while the pegasus rest. is cool, its too bad more of these places aren't on the water...
 

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Woopie

This is sarcasm, we'll see how it benefits us Shorians......

And Cap't Rob, what's the scoop on Jack's?

what's the big secret??????????
 

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I agree with Goose. That is alot of going's on
Hopefully for the positive?

I like Pegasus. I have eaten there many times downtown. Tough to say whether it will do well in the mile or not. I enjoyed Tom's Oyster better, but oh well.

I think the sign on Jack's says, "closed for renovation, see you in the spring". We'll see about that.

I am sure the NMMA and SCS city council have a file for Tom LeFevre stacked pretty high. Seems to be a full time job keeping track of him. It seems that he is always buying, selling, trading, tearing down, building up or wheeling and dealing something. How much bouncing around can one man do? Why not try building a business and withstanding something long term you can be proud of for a long time?
 

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QUOTE(The Canvas Cover Man @ Jan 19 2010, 08:51 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I smell flaming cheese! Ohpa!


I hope they have some people with some "lungs" to say....
Oooooooooooo PAaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!


Instead of the lame couple waiter/waitress that we witnessed last year downtown. They lit the cheese and said,
"opa" like they were in a library. WTF?! You gotta belt it out baby.
 

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By Mitch Hotts, Macomb Daily Staff Writer

New development could soon be under way at a closed landmark bowling alley in St. Clair Shores, the current property owner said Monday night.

Tom LeFevre said the new owner of the Shore Crest Lanes on Harper, near Nine Mile Road, plans to demolish the building but declined to say what will emerge at the 3.5-acre site.

"I can say this: The city will be proud of what goes in there," he said.

LeFevre is the only publicly known investor in a group known as 9 Mile Harper LLC, which is in the process of selling the land to an undisclosed purchaser.

Nine Mile Harper picked up the property after the former owner was forced to shut down in the summer of 2008 due to financial problems and back taxes.

On Monday night, the St. Clair Shores City Council formally approved transferring the bowling alley's liquor license to the owner of O'Hara's, an eatery on 10 Mile in Eastpointe, which has been in operation for several months serving only food until it could secure a license to sell beer, wine and alcohol.

Shore Crest Lanes first opened as a bowling alley in the 1940s and burned down in 1983 before the facility was rebuilt and opened again in 1984 along with an adjoining bar known over the years as Brandy's, Discotheque and Scores.

In recent years, a younger clientele began frequenting

the center along with an increase in violence including fights and gunshots being fired. The older clientele began to avoid the center and business dropped off.

Council members Monday expressed concern about the appearance of the closed building with overgrown weeds and a dilapidated fence creating an eyesore. Someone recently dumped 20 tires in the parking lot as well.

"We have some eyesores in St. Clair Shores," said Councilman David Ruebello. "We don't want this one to become another one."

Attorney Carl Rashid, representing 9 Mile Harper, assured the council that the new investors plan to demolish the two-story structure "very soon."

When the bowling alley initially closed, there were rumors in the area that a buyer wanted to purchase several other lots for a large-scale project such as a Wal-mart.

LeFevre said although the new owner may be interested in other lots, it was not to accommodate a Wal-Mart.

LeFevre, a well known nightclub operator and business owner in St. Clair Shores, also confirmed to The Macomb Daily that he has sold Jack's Waterfront restaurant on Jefferson near Nine Mile Road for personal reasons.

"It's a young man's game," LeFevre said of the nightclub industry. "I'm getting old and I have some family issues I need to take care of."

LeFevre said the new owner plans to reopen in the spring but he did not know if the Jack's Waterfront theme and name would be retained.

http://macombdaily.com/articles/2010/01/19...00007368452.txt

Looks like another Walgreens possibly
 

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Cool I hope it makes it -Nothing has done well in that spot since the old steak house!

Love to have another place we can ride our bikes to! and friends stop in to visit before of after they go to Pegasus!
 

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QUOTE(fitsus @ Jan 19 2010, 06:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Woopie

This is sarcasm, we'll see how it benefits us Shorians......

And Cap't Rob, what's the scoop on Jack's?

what's the big secret??????????

Kev, this article and the one you posted sums up what I know, I'm hoping to find out the new owners name real soon.
 

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QUOTE(fitsus @ Jan 19 2010, 12:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>In recent years, a younger clientele began frequenting the center along with an increase in violence including fights and gunshots being fired. The older clientele began to avoid the center and business dropped off.

this is hilarious political correctness at its best..... and worst.....

replace younger with "black" and older with "white", may not be what people want to hear but that was the truth.....
 

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QUOTE(Goose @ Jan 20 2010, 01:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(fitsus @ Jan 19 2010, 12:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>In recent years, a younger clientele began frequenting the center along with an increase in violence including fights and gunshots being fired. The older clientele began to avoid the center and business dropped off.

this is hilarious political correctness at its best..... and worst.....

replace younger with "black" and older with "white", may not be what people want to hear but that was the truth.....


He also let the lanes go to crap and every year made broken promises. We did get a few drinks during the break downs.
 
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