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New speakeasy bar, restaurant to open in Bay City

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BAY CITY (WJRT) -

(03/06/14) - It's the latest development in the economic growth of downtown Bay City.

Lyndsay Edmonds and Trish LoPiccolo plan to open The Public House at 811 Adams Street, sometime next year. They describe it as an upscale, yet unpretentious bar and restaurant.

"We are beyond excited. We think it's going to be a huge success. It's nothing that Bay City has seen before," Edmonds said.

"There'll be something for the blue collar person, the white collar person, and the purple collar person," LoPiccolo said.

"The name 'Public House' comes from England, but speakeasy is just taking things back to prohibition days, when cocktails were done right," Edmonds said.

As for the menu, it's a work in progress.

"We'd like to have gourmet small plates, and then eventually, we'll blend and move into more developed food," Edmonds said.

The Public House will sit on the ground floor of the Shearer Conduminiums Building - built in 1876.

"I loved these buildings when I was a small kid, just driving by. It's small, it's quaint and just perfect," Edmonds said.

Once the liquor license is in place, the plan is to restore the space to its original condition - complete with dark wood and exposed brick. The previous tenant was a dancers apparel shop.

This isn't Edmond's first time doing business in her hometown. She also owns the Populace Cafe coffee shop down the street.

"You can make an impact here. It's a clean slate. There's a lot of cool things going on in other cities around Michigan, but Bay City is a clean slate and it's fun to do something new, and be fun and energetic and to help get it going for all the other entrepreneurs in the area," she said.

If you'd like updates on renovations and progress at the Public House, click HERE.

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