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Hearing set for proposed Irish pub's outdoor cafe



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The downtown Oxford building currently occupied by Wilson & Associates, Architect (23 N. Washington St.) could go from drafting prints to drafting pints. Photo by C.J. Carnacchio. (click for larger version)
September 11, 2013 - Of downtown Oxford's quadrants, only one isn't home to a bar.

But that may change if a deal goes through to open an Irish pub in the northwest quadrant.

Residents and business owners will have an opportunity to learn more about Jerry Cremin's plans to purchase 23 N. Washington St. and transform it into a Celtic watering hole at the 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 village planning commission meeting at 22 W. Burdick St.

A public hearing will be held to discuss Cremin's request to create an outdoor cafe behind the two-story building, which currently houses Wilson & Associates, Architect and is owned by Jim Wilson.

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Based on the site plan submitted to the village, the outdoor cafe would be approximately 360 square feet and contain five tables, each with four chairs.

Because part of the proposed cafe would be on village property, Cremin needs approval from the council, which was expected to consider it Sept. 10.

Cremin has not yet purchased Wilson's building, but he told this reporter he's "fully intending" to do so.

As for details regarding his potential Irish pub, Cremin is remaining tight-lipped for now. He indicated he would prefer that the planning commission learn about his plans at the meeting, not through the newspaper.

"I would just rather leave it for the public hearing at this stage," Cremin said.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Cremin has an extensive background in the hospitality industry. He's spent more than 12 years specializing in the food and beverage side.

Cremin is currently the assistant food and beverage director, Grill Room general manager and cellar master at the famed Detroit Athletic Club. He's worked there since 2011.

Prior to that, he held managerial positions at a number of well-known establishments in New York City including Tavern on the Green and The Palm Court.

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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