Vinsetta Garage parking lot plans shot down by City Council

By Mara MacDonald - Reporter

BERKLEY, Mich. - The Vinsetta Garage is one of the most popular restaurants in metro Detroit, but with popularity comes parking problems.

Those who live near the restaurant have been complaining about patrons parking on their streets. Owner Curt Catallo bought up homes on nearby Oxford Street with the intention of tearing them down and turning it into a parking lot. The residents revolted en masse and now Berkley's City Council has shot down Catallo's proposal in a unanimous vote.

Neighbor after neighbor addressed the Council.

"I'm here to urge you to vote no," said Molly Campbell.

Residents objected to having a parking lot in their residential neighborhood.

Catallo promised a well-lit, landscaped lot with a wall dividing from the neighborhood. In the end it wasn't enough.

"We need to come to creative solutions to resolve this issue," said Mayor Phil O'Dwyer.

The City Council, like the planning commission, said there are enough vacant parking spots along the Woodward corridor and urged Catallo to broker a deal with a neighboring business to use their lots at night.

Catallo was gracious after the vote.

"I think we need to go to Vinsetta Garage and have a hamburger. Unfortunately, the denial doesn't fix the problem. Were still committed to finding a solution," he said

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