Harry's Bar Owner Says Little Caesars Arena Is a Hostile, Inconsiderate Neighbor

Harry Kefalonitis (Deadline Detroit photo)

Harry Kefalonitis, a third-generation Detroit bar owner, says he's getting screwed by the Ilitch empire that operates Little Caesars Arena. 

Kefalonitis, owner of Harry's Detroit at Clifford and Henry, in the shadow of the new arena, tells WWJ's Mike Campbell that his business will be harmed because the arena plans to direct traffic for its parking garage right past his bar, causing a chokepoint and making it impossible for patrons to get into or out of his business.

Instead of using Cass Avenue to get to Henry, Kefalonitis said the arena is going to direct traffic down Clifford and onto Henry, essentially blocking his business, WWJ reports.

He said he's tried to talk to arena executives and thinks the owners are bad neighbors.

He also wonders if they're trying to choke off his business to retaliate because he refused to sell them his property.  

"Surely you can do better than to trample all over a business that’s been there for 25 years," he tells the radio station. "And knowing that we're here, you make your traffic pattern to chokepoint around the small business?

"It's really inconsiderate and a little shocking, knowing that they got public monies for this. Some of those are my tax dollars and they’re using them against me."

WWJ awaited a return call from the arena for comment.

Earlier coverage:

Video: A Chat with a Bar Owner on Operating in the Ilitch Empire's Shadow, June 29, 2016

Read more:  WWJ

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