- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Two restaurant owners want to rebuild a western Michigan barn from the 1880s in Detroit as a venue for events such as weddings, an art gallery or some other new use.

Scott Lowell and Carolyn Howard, the married co-owners of the Traffic Jam and Snug Restaurant, told the Detroit Free Press (https://on.freep.com/1iRwdm6 ) that they had the roughly 7,500-square-foot wooden barn disassembled, loaded onto a flatbed trailer and trucked to Detroit.

The barn, which once stood in Alto, near Grand Rapids, has long been in Howard’s family. Built in 1888, it was home to dairy cows and also held hay.

“I grew up in Detroit, so going to the farm and playing in the barn as a kid was a great experience and definitely made an impression on me,” Howard said.

The wood is stacked and numbered for reassembly in a lot near their well-known Midtown restaurant, which also is home to a bakery, dairy and brewery. They are looking at a number of possible sites for it and would need city approval for their plans.

“They’ve been accommodating in just about all of our other crazy schemes,” Lowell said. “Hopefully, they’ll play along on this one.”

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com


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