This used to be a bank. It is currently in renovations to be either a steak house or martini bar
. Not really sure. Either way, it's a neat building.
Here is the latest::
Bank on a good time
Mt. Clemens' latest nightlife spot aims to be upscale, yet relaxing
By Mitch Hotts
Macomb Daily Staff Writer
The newest addition to Mount Clemens' nightlife scene is unlike anything seen in the city.
First, The Bank is located on Main Street, south of Cass Avenue, while the majority of the city's bar
s and restaurants are on the north side of Cass.
Secondly, the interior of The Bank was designed by Tamara Kessler & Associates, run by Tamara Kessler of Grosse Pointe Woods, the daughter of renowned architect William Kessler.
Finally, the multilevel, 8,000-square-foot facility has plenty of window space to allow guests to see outside and outsiders see inside, and also the largest outdoor deck in Mount Clemens with a sweeping view of the Clinton River and the downtown cityscape.
"We want to bring back all of the Macomb County people who now feel they have to go to Royal Oak or Ferndale to have an upscale but relaxing place to enjoy the nightlife," said longtime Mount Clemens nightclub impresario Ron Masters.
Masters - who has ownership in the Emerald Theatre, Johnny G's and other local spots - has teamed with Alex Kristoff, 27, of Sterling Heights, a former bartender, to create an inviting new facility.
They invested $1.2 million in the former Mount Clemens Federal Savings and Loan building that will open later this month. The Bank will initially be open only for weekends but will soon expand to six days a week with a finger food menu and a sushi bar.
It also will have premium liquor selections, a VIP area, a sunken patio
, and a music format specializing in tunes from the 1970s, '80s, and '90s.
Kristoff, a Stevenson High School graduate, said the music menu will be primarily aimed at women with selections from Madonna, Prince and others.
"We want a safe and fun atmosphere where your 27-year-old girlfriend or your 40-year-old wife will feel comfortable," said Kristoff.
The Bank is eye-catching for its swooping roof design and array of computer controlled LED lights that flash inside and outside.The original building was designed in 1961 by William Kessler, who died in 2002. Known as the dean of Detroit's architectural community, the Harvard-trained Kessler was best known for his designs of Detroit Receiving Hospital, College for Creative Studies and the original Detroit Science Center.
His daughter came up with a pure white color scheme -- floors, tables
and chairs -- for the main level; brilliant red for the staircase leading to the VIP area; and fluorescent greens and purples for the basement level.
Tami Kessler -- whose portfolio includes the presidential suite at Motor City Casino, Beach Grill Restaurant and others -- strived for an open, airy fun atmosphere.
"We wanted to keep it clean and fresh looking with the white to replicate the architecture of the building with more colorful elements downstairs," she said.
The Bank, located at 77 Main St. in Mount Clemens, will open later this month. For more information, call (586) 872-7222.