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New Restaurant Coming to Downtown Ferndale

Council approves redevelopment liquor license for Ferndale Public House at 241 W. Nine Mile Road.

A new Ferndale restaurant is in the works that aims to offer a unique and fresh dining experience in an open, family-friendly environment.

Ferndale City Council approved a redevelopment liquor license Monday night for Ferndale Public House, a new restaurant being planned at 241 W. Nine Mile Road.

It will be located in the former space of Josephine's Creperie and Bistro, which has been closed since January 2011.

Ferndale Public House is being opened by the owners of Woodward Imperial, a new taco bar that opened earlier this year.

Owner Jeff King said during Monday night's council meeting that the name Public House relates to what he hopes the new business will represent: community. "We are interested in community," he said.

Though they will serve alcohol, King emphasized that Public House is focused on food and will be a family-friendly "gathering place for adults and children."

Described as American family style, the menu will include fresh, locally sourced and affordable choices, with weekly specials including vegetarian options. Proposed hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Sunday.

mcshap December 20, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Sounds wonderful. Hope it truly is "affordable".
Ferndale Resident December 20, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Same here. When Local opened, they claimed to be affordable, but they were anything but that, and that goes for restaurants in Royal Oak too.
Kristi Kauffman December 20, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Wonderful news! Love Imperial...can't wait to see what Mr. King has in store for Ferndale! Congratulations Ferndale!!
Gennifer Valeria Gates December 20, 2012 at 03:56 PM
hopefully the vegetarian options are vegan!
Sara T. December 20, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Family friendly? Thanks for the warning so we know to avoid it. :p
Carey Gustafson December 20, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Whelp, The Imperial has a limited menu, but very good, very fresh and VERY inexpensive. If that's applied to this new place, I will be thrilled and there with my little one alllll the time!
agirlabouttown December 21, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Jeff, you keep giving me reasons not to buy groceries. Thank you for your investment in Ferndale. Can't wait to visit Public House--esp during lunch hrs.
alison December 21, 2012 at 06:01 PM
agreed!! and also agree with the comment about Local Kitchen. I really hope that downtown Ferndale doesn't turn into another Royal Oak.
Carrie Burgan December 23, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Hm... Now if the Le Soup and adjacent building could be repurposed! Empty for YEARS.

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