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The bar was shut down in January, apparently for too many violations.  The sign on the door says the place was supposed to re-open in February, which has obviously come and gone.

My guess is that the place is closed for good.



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The Penn Grill & Bar in downtown Plymouth is the worst bar in town. It’s an awful place that draws more than its fair share of douchebags.   Based on the behavior I’ve seen and/or heard about, no one there seems to monitor how drunk people get or how they act.

I truly despise that place — at least as a bar, the food’s OK — and look forward to the city finally shutting it down for all the problems its patrons cause.

I think some of the reviews from yelp echo my feelings about this hole:

This place is noisy.  The service is God awful . . .he place is full of loud, obnoxious, young guys looking to start a fight on the weekends.


I hate this place, I hate this place, I hate this place. How many times did I say that? Three? Perfect, because there are three good reasons as to why I hate this place:
1. The clientele- Can we say trashy? Every time I go here this place is nothing but trouble. Even when I don’t go here and I am across the street this place is nothing but trouble. Ever see someone get thrown threw a bars front windows? Go here and you might get that chance…. (yes, I realize this was sometime ago, but still). Trash.


The City of Plymouth Liquor License Committee meeting of January 2010, Administrative Update, page 2, notes the Penn Grill’s history of “a number of police issues in addition to citizen complaints,” and that the City Commission’s investigation revealed that bar “has a pattern of patron conduct which is in violation of the law and/or disturbs the peace, order and tranquility of the neighborhood.”


Why am I talking about this today?  Because the place has a reputation for excessively drunken patrons and lots of fights.  One fight started last evening that I had to stop.  No one working for the bar was able to do anything about it.  Thank God the police were there quickly.

The whole feel of this place is opposite of the rest of our community itself.  In short, the place is bad news.

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Here’s a nice article about a local church’s (mine) monthly “Theology on Tap” events which are held at the Box Bar.

The next meeting is  Tuesday, October 12, at 7:00 pm


Essentially, this is what Theology on Tap is all about

Since February, on the second Tuesday evening of every month, TOT participants have gathered in the back room of the Box Bar for food, drink and discussion. Rather than an across-the-table conversation friends might have, Trinity TOT uses something akin to a debate format. The topic of the evening — which invariably can be discussed from three to six or more points of view, theories or perspectives — is put forth by presenters who advance a given position on the topic. After each position is presented or advanced, as overseen by the moderator, the topic is open for question and answer or even debate amongst those in attendance.

This is no mere Bible study or Sunday School session. Rather than dissecting a few Bible passages or simply retelling Bible stories, TOT hits broader philosophical and theological topics. “The purpose of Theology on Tap,” MacKinnon says, “is to address what we as a growing need to discuss more ‘meaty’ topics.”  “We want to go beyond feel-good, self-help, relational types of books and things that seem to predominate Christian media today.”

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Many of my friends are up in arms about the smoking ban which took effect statewide on May 1.  They do not object so much about the elimination of smoking from bars and restaurants but are bothered by the perceived governmental intrusion.  I’m a believer in less being m0re when it comes to government, but I have to say that the smoking ban is long overdue.

More to the point, the smoking ban is a godsend for many of us non-smokers.  In the last week I’ve been to three (3) bars in the City of Plymouth that I avoided in the past because of the heavy smoke: Hermann’s Olde Town Grille, Doyle’s Tavern and Ironwood Grill.  I, for the first time, was able to enjoy a drink or two in these places without stinging eyes and burning lungs.

I have no data to back this up, but it appears that the smoking ban has had little or no negative impact on these businesses.  All three places were bustling when I was there.   Hermann’s, in particular, was packed Saturday night.  A few smokers drifted in and out on occasion to smoke out on the sidewalk, but I heard no grumbling or complaints.

For my wife and me, the ban has brought us back to the pubs.  I expect we’ll continue to hang out more in town now that we can do so in relative fresh air.

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On Thursday May 20th, from 7 to 9 pm, Sean O’Callaghan’s is holding a shephard’s pie eating contest.
The biggest glutton will receive an official shepherd’s pie trophy, $100 in cash, and a sheperd’s pie champion t-shirt

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On Thursday, April 15th, from 6 p.m. to midnight, there were be a pub-n’-grub crawl in downtown Plymouth, which will include these bars and restaurants:

  • Ironwood Grill
  • Penn Grill
  • Sean O’Callaghan’s
  • E. G. Nick’s
  • 1999 Tavern

The cost is $5 per adult for buffets at all five pubs, a T-shirt & raffle ticket.  Raffle proceeds will benefit local charities.

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Next Sunday is, yet another great Plymouth event, the Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff.   Set to take place on October 4 downtown Plymouth, this is the 14th annual event.

There are two categories of cook-offs.   Private cooks bring their own recipes and compete head-to-head to see who makes the best red chili, green chili and salsa.  Samplers will be able to participate in the “People’s Choice” voting.  Judges will also select their favorites.

Additionally, there is a “Restaurant Chili Challenge” set to take place that day from 11 am to 5 pm in Kellogg Park.  Last year’s “People’s Choice” winner was 1999 Tavern and the “Best Judged” chili was made by The Picnic Basket.  I remember them both and they are excellent chilis.  In fact, The Picnic Basket still sells their award-winning chili (you can get it by the gallon.)

For those of you that are interested in motorcycles, there is also a bike show taking place downtown simultaneously.

For more information, check out the event’s official website.


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