Art and Jakes continue with their plans for the Northville Township sports bar

After years of vacancy, plans to bring the former Brann’s Steakhouse back to life in Northville Township seem to be bearing fruit.

It’s been a few years since Art and Jake’s sports bar announced its intention to build a new restaurant at 39715 Six Mile. The restaurant was announced before the COVID-19 pandemic and has since been vacant due to weeds growing on the property and other issues.

But after a few years, plans continue to move forward to renovate the building and reopen the space as a restaurant. The design plans were reviewed by the Northville Township Planning Commission at its Oct. 25 meeting, with the commissioners expressing approval of the building’s renovation plans.

Originally, the plans called for the current building to look completely different, said township planner Jennifer Frey. Now the bar owners plan to refurbish the current building and make improvements to what’s already on site, which is needed given the building’s current condition, Frey said.

“Nothing was really done about it,” she said. “Much of the plant material has passed its flowering period and shelf life.”

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Art and Jake’s is a chain of sports bars with locations in Clarkston, Shelby Township, Washington Township, Sterling Heights and Newnan, Georgia. It serves dishes like salads, chicken wings, sandwiches, burgers and more. Its owner told Hometown Life in 2020 that the food is the focus of the restaurant and menu items would rotate regularly.

There was no word on when work on the site might begin or when the restaurant might open. Several messages sent to the company for more information have not been returned.

Planning Commission Chairman Matthew Wilk said he believes the new designs would complement other buildings in the area well with the building materials, including the McDonald’s next door.

“It suits his character,” he said. “It fits well in my opinion, I think.”

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Contact reporter David Veselenak at [email protected] or 734-678-6728. Follow him on Twitter @davidveselenak.


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