Neighbors Battle Popular Vinsetta Garage Eatery in Berkley Over Expansion

May 26, 2014, 11:42 PM


Too much success can sometimes spell headaches and controversy for businesses.

The popular Vinsetta Garage on Woodward Avenue in Berkley -- which sometimes has a two-hour wait --  is learning that as it tries to get approval from the city to knock some homes behind the restaurant and convert them into a parking lot, Jeff Vauhgn of WXYZ reports.

A city Zoning Board meeting is set for Tuesday night for the restaurant that opened two years ago.

Neighbors plan to fight the expansion, saying it will harm the nature of the residential area and decrease home values. They complain that cars already fill up the streets and customers can be rowdy.

"The property values will go right down the, I'm 89, I don't care. I'm not going to be around that long, but these kids here paid through the nose for their homes and they take good care of their homes and for them to come in like that, I think that's terrible," resident Jack Guirey told WXYZ.

The restaurant is trying to sound conciliatory. 

"We definitely understand their concern...and we are definitely empathetic and want to work with them so get a plan to achieve everyone's goals," restaurant manger Jeff Wells told WXYZ.   -- Allan Lengel


Read more:  WXYZ

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