By BOB OLIVER
DEARBORN – One business in west Dearborn has already closed and two more have announced plans to do the same by the summer.
The Double Olive Cocktail Lounge, 22027 Michigan Ave., announced last week via its Facebook page that it was shutting its doors after nearly 13 years in business.
Calls to owner Steve Guibord were not returned by press time, but the Facebook page for the bar announced that the business was being sold and will be remodeled into a different bar by the next owner, who is a friend of Guibord.
Also last week, brothers Dan and Pat Kiernan, who own Kiernan’s Steak House and Silky’s Martinis & Music, announced that the two businesses would be closing their doors in the next four to six months after the sale and transfer of their liquor license was completed.
Pat Kiernan said the sale has not been finalized, but is expected to be in the near future, and that the decision to sell didn’t happen overnight for his family.
“We’ve been talking about this for the last year or two,” Kiernan said. “When we were approached by this group it was a deal that made sense to us.”
The prospective seller has not been identified publicly.
Kiernan’s is at 21931 Michigan Ave. between Oakwood and Monroe. It was opened by Dan and Pat’s father, Terence Kiernan, as a bar in 1965.
“In 1981, the restaurant was added to the bar and in 1983 we added a banquet room, which later became Silky’s,” Kiernan said.
Silky’s shares the same address as Kiernan’s and has been open since 2003.
Kiernan said the two businesses employ just over 40 individuals, with the majority of them working part-time, but with several who have been with the business for many years.
He added that the businesses will continue to operate as usual until they close.
(Bob Oliver can be reached at [email protected])