Iconic building could become new Howell eatery

The iconic Pearl building in downtown Howell is ideal for a new restaurant.

That’s the word from Jeff and Coleen Doyle, who own Doyle Homes Inc. and recently purchased the historic building at 309 E. Grand River.

Jeff Doyle said he plans to lease out the building’s 4,500 square feet of first floor space and believes the venue – one of the few in the downtown with its own dedicated parking – is ideally suited for a restaurateur or other entrepreneur.

On the upper floor, Doyle plans to restore the space for residential use, including a large condominium and several smaller apartments.

“IT’S ALWAYS BEEN OUR DREAM TO LIVE ON THE SECOND FLOOR IN A VIBRANT DOWNTOWN, WHERE YOU CAN WALK TO THE RESTAURANTS AND SHOPS – AND DON’T HAVE A YARD TO TAKE CARE OF,” SAID DOYLE, NOTING HE HAS BEGUN PRELIMINARY TALKS WITH CITY BUILDING OFFICIALS ABOUT HIS PLANS FOR THE BUILDING. HE'S ALSO HOPING TO INCLUDE A ROOF-TOP DECK OVERLOOKING THE DOWNTOWN AREA."

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