We are sad to report that there was a fire in the store next door to our Shelby Township location on the morning of Wednesday, March 15. Luckily, we and most of our neighboring businesses were closed at the time, and no one was injured in the blaze. While our unit did not sustain much fire damage, we did suffer smoke damage. We're currently assessing the extent of that damage and performing repairs.
Our hearts go out to our neighbors at Silent Scope Firearms, where the fire started. We also want to thank our kind neighbors at The Clean Plate for notifying us about the fire, and the Shelby Township Fire Department for their hard work, quick action and kindness. Lastly, much appreciation to our "regulars," Sipper Club members and even complete strangers who have reached out to offer support and assistance during this time.
Please keep checking below and checking our Facebook page for updates. We hope to be back in the swing of things soon, and we hope that you will consider visiting us at Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room-Royal Oak or Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room-Auburn Hills until we get back on our feet!
UPDATE 10:05 A.M. 3/28/17: La dee da ... the wheels of post-fire recovery move oh-so-slowly. Right now, we're in a holding pattern as we await various insurance companies' sign offs for the repairs to us and and our neighbors. It appears we will likely be be closed this week (through April 2), but we are very hopeful for next week. (Fingers crossed.) We will be getting new paint, new ceiling tiles and more to freshen everything up post-fire. We kindly ask that you bear with us and pardon our dust, as the repairs to our bathroom and flooring are likely to take a bit longer. We can't wait to reopen and see all of our guests again!
Please note: Due to the continued closure, our Tasting & Tunes Live Music with Sam Van Wagoner on Friday, March 31, 7-9:30 p.m. will be moving to Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room-Auburn Hills. It's just a hop, skip and a jump down M-59 (at North Squirrel), so we hope to see you there!
Please stay tuned to our website and/or Facebook page for updates. In the meantime, thanks to everyone for the good vibes, kind thoughts and offers of help! We deeply appreciate it, and we look forward to getting back behind the bar very soon.
Lastly, we want to give a shoutout to our neighbors at Slagle Family Wellness Center, which reopened for the first time post-fire yesterday. They are back in business — please drop by and help them get back to normalcy!
UPDATE 4:15 P.M. 3/20/17: We were optimistic that we would be able to get MBTB Shelby aired out and back to normal in time to reopen for our "normal" week on Wednesday, March 22. Unfortunately, due to complications involving the adjacent space (where the fire originated), the smoke smell has persisted and the restoration crew does not anticipate relief for us until later this week. Because of this, we will have to implement several venue changes for events planned at Shelby over the next week:
Again, we deeply appreciate your continued support and patience during this difficult time. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us. We will continue to update as information becomes available. In the meantime, we hope to see you at MBTB Auburn Hills and/or MBTB Royal Oak.
UPDATE 1:15 P.M. 3/17/17: The restoration crew did a beautiful job of cleaning up our space, but unfortunately, due to the lingering smoke smell and the need to dispose of and restock all of our retail food items, we do not anticipate reopening until Wednesday, March 22. Thank you to all who have been emailing us to express support! We hope to see you at MBTB Royal Oak or MBTB Auburn Hills in the meantime. Don't forget: The March 17 concert with Mark Reitenga will move from Shelby to Auburn Hills, 7-9:30 p.m. All other events scheduled at Royal Oak and Auburn Hills will go on as usual this weekend. We anticipate all upcoming events in Shelby to go on as planned.
UPDATE 4:30 P.M. 3/16/17: We anticipate being closed Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18. We are hopeful we may be able to open in a limited capacity on Sunday, March 19. If not, we will reopen for the week on Wednesday, March 22. Please stay tuned for updates.
UPDATE 10:30 A.M. 3/16/17: Unfortunately, it's still very smoky in the main space, so we will be unable to open tomorrow: Friday, March 17. Our Tasting & Tunes Live Music with Mark Reitenga will be moving from Shelby to our Auburn Hills location on Friday, 7-9:30 p.m. We hope you'll join us over there as we work through repairing the fire damage in Shelby. Cheers!
UPDATE 9:15 A.M. 3/16/17: Restoration crews will be back on the scene this morning, and we'll be assessing the damage today and figuring out whether we can open tomorrow. Stay tuned for details! We want to give a big thanks to Sarah Wojcik from C & G Newspapers / Shelby-Utica News for the coverage of the fire, which you can read here.
UPDATE 5:15 P.M. 3/15/17: Based on the strong smoke smell and the extent of the damage, we will be closed on Thursday, March 16. Restoration crews are on the scene and working hard, and we are hopeful that we will be able to reopen by Friday, March 17, or Saturday, March 18. If we cannot open on Friday, March 17, our regularly scheduled Tasting & Tunes Live Music with Mark Reitenga will move to our Auburn Hills location. We will continue to update on our Facebook page. Thanks to all for the support!
UPDATE 11:30 A.M. 3/15/17: We will be closed Wednesday, March 15.