CADILLAC – Cadillac’s new social district just got a bit bigger.
On Monday, Cadillac City Council approved a recommendation that Roasted Cafe LLC be granted social district approval by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.
Earlier this year, Long Road Distillers was the first company to apply for the Social District, and after some solicitation from a few city officials to other companies, five more applied. These include the Clam Lake Beer Company, Hermann’s Cafe and Restaurant, Raven Social, Roaring 20’s Saloon, and Willow Market and Meats.
Cadillac was one of the earliest adopters of the Social District Program, created last year by state law that allows take-away alcoholic beverages to be sold.
To comply with the law, municipalities had to designate a district where people could have a drink in public; Cadillac selected most of downtown, including both sides of Mitchell Street, City Park, and the Cadillac Commons.
In October the council passed a resolution in support of a Class C liquor license for Roasted Cafe.
Roasted Cafe co-owner Nick Piedmont shared some details about the new business.
The Roasted Cafe will be between Pine and Harris Streets on the west side of Mitchell Street above the Dunegrass recreational marijuana store. Piedmont said the Roasted Cafe will be accessible from Main Street as opposed to Dunegrass which can only be entered from the back yard.
Piedmont said they have partnered with a coffee wholesaler and plan to offer a variety of their products in addition to groceries and some alcoholic beverages.
Their plan is to offer craft beers, wines, and other beverages from local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. He said the emphasis on the regional aspect of their products will be a central theme of the business.
Cadillac City Manager Marcus Peccia said they are now part of the Social District with representatives from the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce and Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau saying they are keen to create a branding and marketing initiative with a number of companies to highlight the program.