“Alright, here it goes.... I been informed that I will not be doing business anymore for at least 90 days through some legal issues. I will be shut down on October 24. With a little luck Uli´s Haus of Rock will be reopening in February. I want to make sure you (are) all spreading the word on this to my bands, friends, customers.”
When reached by phone at the time, owner/operator Uli Kaczmarek said the issues were related to licensing fees issued by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), but wouldn’t comment further. ASCAP represents recording artists, and as a music venue, Uli’s is required to pay yearly fees because occasionally cover songs would be played there.
A spokesman for the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said the Uli’s liquor license was placed in escrow Nov. 7. However, the building has been stripped of all its tables, chairs, pool tables and stage equipment. This doesn’t seem to jive with a February re-opening.
Kaczmarek hasn’t responded to requests for updates since October. We’ll keep you updated, but for now, it looks like Uli’s is gone forever.
House for the holidays?
If you’ve got someone special on your holiday shopping list who’s always wanted to own his own bar, here’s your chance. Earlier this year, Chris Petrick closed his gentleman’s club, Tini Bikinis, 511 E. Hazel St. in Lansing and announced he was transforming it into a game-themed watering hole with a new name: House Rules. “It did good with initial buzz, but now we want to be a neighborhood bar focusing on bar games,” Petrick said earlier this year. But the new bar never materialized. Petrick is selling the whole shooting match — building, business, liquor license and contents — for $245,000.
“This bar … has everything to open tomorrow,” proclaims the website, houseruleslansing. com. “Licensed patio, brand new metal siding … more parking than you can use, all the beer coolers, walk in coolers, draft cooler, (cash register) system, cameras accessed online, drop safe, turbo chef pizza oven, digital outdoor reader board, two large outdoor interior lit signs, and bar games.”
From 1982 to 2007, the 1,000-square-foot building was the Green House Bar, operated by Clifford Green. In 2010, Green sold the building to Petrick. Tini Bikinis opened in early 2011 and closed in May. For more information, contact Petrick at (517) 219-3999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.