I used to work in this building. I think I put in close to 12 years before it closed several years ago. Maxie’s Food & Spirits was one of the Flint-area’s most popular restaurants and nightclubs for decades! Owner Ron Maxheimer enjoyed solid success at his establishment until General Manager Ron Sabourin passed away in the mid 2000s. With constant changes in management and themes the bar eventually closed while under the management of George Falaras, who attempted to completely reboot Maxie’s as Goodfellas. Yeah, that idea didn’t work out too well, and Falaras still owes me and the former staff a lot of money.
A few months ago, I noticed that the building at Hill & Torrey had a fresh coat of paint and the ‘For Sale’ signs are gone. A friend of mine did some investigating, and it turns out that the building is set to reopen sometime this summer… as a sushi restaurant? Wow! So the smell won’t be all that different!