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Oxford Twp. gets 3 more liquor licenses

by CJ Carnacchio

December 28, 2011

Break out the good crystal and pop open a bottle of champagne because Oxford Township now has three more liquor licenses with which to attract new restaurants and bars.

Officials recently received a letter from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission informing them that as a result of 2010 U.S. Census count, which indicated the township's population is 17,090 (not including the village), the community is entitled to a total of 11 on-premises liquor licenses.

"The rule of thumb is one license for every 1,500 in population," explained township Clerk Curtis Wright.

Wright indicated this is good news for the township because it could lead to an independent operator or corporate chain either constructing a new restaurant/bar or filling an existing vacant building.

"It just opens up another opportunity for someone," he said.

Prior to this news, the township had a total of eight on-premises licenses, which was the quota based on its 2000 Census population of 12,485 (not including the village).

"On-premises means you buy it and you drink it in the facility," Wright said.

According to the clerk, seven of those on-premises licenses are currently in use within the township. They are used by Collier Lanes, Oxford Hills Golf & Country Club, Devil's Ridge Golf Club, American Legion Post 108, Boulder Pointe, Italia Gardens and Chardonnay.

The last one is still held by the Dallas-based Brinker International, Inc., which owned and operated the Chili's Grill & Bar in Oxford from September 2007 until its closing in February 2009. "I wrote them a letter to see if there's any way they may be willing to give that license up," Wright noted.