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Kiernan's Steak House, Silky's Martini Bar to Close Soon

For many, these local hangouts were much more than just a place to get a drink.

Kiernan's Steak House, Silky's Martini Bar to Close Soon
Kiernan's Steak House and Silky's Martini & Music Cafe, two beloved downtown hotspots for many years, will both be closing soon, according to Silky's Facebook page.

The 48-year-old steak house and 11-year-old martini bar will likely close by March or April, after the transfer of a liquor license to new owners is complete, co-owner Patrick Kiernan told the Detroit Free Press.

An owner has not been named yet, though the new business will likely be a bar, nightclub or restaurant.

"It's sad to hear about it closing," said Facebook user Greg Franklin, about Silky's. "It was a great place to play and listen to other bands. Was my favorite place to play as well."

For many, these local hangouts were much more than a place to get a drink, mostly because of the warm atmosphere created by the great people who ran the establishments. 

"It is with a very heavy heart that we will be saying goodbye to Kiernan's Steak House and Silky's Bar," said Facebook user Cheryl Cooper. "I can't begin to express my love and gratitude for this family. Not only are they a restaurant and bar, a hangout for friends, a home for many of us, and an icon of this community, they are family to me! I love you guys, from the bottom of my heart."

Kiernan's Steak House was founded by Patrick's father, Terry Kiernan, in 1965, according to their website. Silky's was originally purchased as a banquet hall in 1984, and transformed into a martini bar in 2003.

Ownership was transferred to Patrick and his three siblings in 1987.

“I remember coming in and washing dishes when I was 12 and working my way up,” he told the Free Press. “We’ve had a lot of good, loyal customers over the years.”

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