Nar Bar closes down after two years

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — A troubled west end bar that was a focus of the city’s recent nuisance ordinance amendment shut its doors for good Oct. 12.

Nar Bar, 21918 Michigan Ave., officially closed after two years of operation.

Owner Mohamed Rizk closed the bar and sold the remainder of the lease to his brother and landlord Najib Rizk.
Mohamed Rizk’s attorney, Steve George said the brothers agreed to close the business and that Najib Rizk would explore other options for the building.

Nar Bar is one of three west end downtown businesses that had recent issues with the city, the other two being Liv Lounge and Post Bar.

Last month, Ypsilanti residents Allante Percy, 24, and Mario Amiston, 29, were arrested after they allegedly shot into a group people at Nar Bar.
The two men were charged with three counts of assault with intent to murder, flee and elude, felony firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and fourth offense of being a habitual offender.

The City Council on Oct. 18 approved an amendment where any business operating in Dearborn can be deemed a nuisance after multiple complaints about drugs, alcohol, criminal or customer issues.

The ordinance was proposed by Councilman Michael Sareini after the recent issues with the three bars. At the Oct. 4 council meeting, Council President Susan Dabaja explained the definition of the amendment.

“The proposed amendment would declare any business in or upon which the unlawful sale of any regulated drug, narcotic or other controlled substance prosecution quarreling drunkenness, fighting, discharge of weapons or other breaches of peace occurs to be a prosecutable nuisance and classified as a misdemeanor,” she said.

Nar Bar was scheduled for a hearing regarding its liquor license on Oct. 17, before the closing.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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