YPSILANTI, MI – An iconic and well-known Ypsilanti drive-in restaurant could soon be demolished and replaced with a recreational marijuana facility.
A site plan and special-use permit for Leoni Wellness LCC for a new building at the site of Kluck’s Drive-In, 401 E. Michigan Ave., was approved with conditions by Ypsilanti’s Planning Commission on Wednesday, July 20.
Leoni Wellness, LLC, a marijuana retailer, which is in the process of buying the property, is proposing to demolish the existing restaurant building and replace it with a new 2,500-square-foot building on the nearly 13,000-square-foot lot.
City Planner Andy Aamodt said he is not aware of any submitted marijuana facility permit applications for the site, but expects one will be submitted shortly.
Conditions of the site plan and special-use permit include the site undergoing a detailed engineering review, as well as the company complying with building, site and parking requirements. The planning commission’s approval is all that is required, as long as the applicant meets the required conditions of approval.
The 1950s-inspired Kluck’s Drive-In is known for serving its burgers, fries, grilled cheese, coney dogs and more with carhop service.
The diner was originally an A&W restaurant before the Kluck family left the franchise. Joanna and Chae Chang bought