April 25, 2018 — Pontiac, Mich — Main Street Pontiac, along with the City of Pontiac and the Pontiac Regional Chamber, will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Downtown Pontiac’s newest business, The Menagerie Lounge. The celebratory ribbon cutting is scheduled for Friday, April 27th at 1:00 PM. The Ribbon Cutting is open to the public and will be attended by city and community leaders to help inaugurate the continued entrepreneurship in downtown Pontiac. The doors will open for the Grand Opening and public dining for dinner service at 4:00 PM. The Menagerie Lounge is located at 155 N. Saginaw Street in Downtown Pontiac.
The Menagerie Lounge features southern soul cuisine with low-country and creole influences. Fresh produce is locally procured from Beltline Farms in Pontiac. The restaurant’s interior will feature local art for sale, live music, and specialty craft cocktails. The interior includes two murals by local artists, Quindell Mitchell and Zach Curtis. The Menagerie Lounge is a unique addition to Downtown Pontiac. Its rise and success from a popular pop-up to a much-anticipated brick-and-mortar demonstrates the entrepreneurial spirit in the city. Owners James and April Forbes, along with Chef Marcus Ware, launched their concept after building up their brand and a dedicated following. They chose to locate in a ground-level retail space in the beautiful and historic Pontiac Masonic Temple, which also boasts popular event venue, the Lafayette Grande. The Forbes took advantage of grants and incentives that are available to Pontiac Entrepreneurs offered by Flagstar Bank, Main Street Pontiac, and CEED lending.
April Forbes shared her sentiments and excitement. “My husband and I feel honored and blessed to be opening in downtown Pontiac at a time when the city is abuzz and there is nowhere else we would rather be opening. We’re providing a local restaurant for the Pontiac community with the support of everyone in Pontiac. Opening a restaurant is a huge financial commitment and it would not have been possible without the support of Flagstar Bank’s Pontiac’s Big Idea Grant Program in partnership with CEED Lending, in addition to the outpouring of help from all of our friends and family in getting us to this point.”
Main Street Pontiac is a nonprofit organization and pending 501(c)(3) approval dedicated to community revitalization through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.