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Port Huron council votes to expand social district to Union Street

In a couple weeks people could be taking those alcoholic social drinks one block further south to enjoy with art and music in Port Huron.

On Monday, Port Huron City Council unanimously voted to approve expanding the social district to Union Street, including Foundry. 

Port Huron Downtown Development Authority Director Cynthia Cutright said now the city will present this to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission with an updated master plan and map for the final OK, with approval probably granted within a couple weeks.

“I foresee a pretty quick turnaround to get that final approval,” she said.

Raven Café was the first business to start selling social district drinks in September and other businesses involved include CityFlatsHotel, Casey’s Pizza and Subs, Lynch’s Irish Tavern, McMorran Place Arena and Wings Etc.

As part of the social district, these businesses can sell customers to-go cups of 16 ounces or less for alcoholic beverages. The social district follows downtown’s Main Street along Huron Avenue and Military Street between Glenwood Avenue and Court Street, but with MLCC approval the district will extend further south to include Union Street.

Raven Cafe's The Dude cocktail in one of its social district to-go cups in downtown Port Huron on Dec. 12, 2020.

Port Huron currently has the only social district in St. Clair County. The city sells social district drink stickers to participating businesses and so far has sold 4,000 drink stickers, Cutright said.

She said the city wanted to expand the social district one block to include Foundry, former Art Studio 1219, that local entrepreneur Carol Hall transformed in 2020 into a “home for creators.”