Majestic Theatre complex goes up for sale, prompted by the ‘grind,’ pandemic

The family business started in 1946 with just the bowling alley and has grown since.

Garden Bowl and Sgt. Pepperoni’s are the only two open currently, with about 15-20 currently working, Zainea said. Normal staffing is just shy of 50 employees, not including contractor workers.

COVID-19 “motivated us to list it, yes. But it wasn’t the main reason why we did it. It’s a grind,” Zainea said, adding that it’s been under consideration for at least 2-3 years.

“We enjoy what we do, but it’s a lifestyle. Seven days a week, 13-14 hour days sometimes,” Zainea said.

The move comes a little over two years after the family spent about $1.2 million renovating the property to increase capacity and overhaul the concert area.

At the time that was announced, the family had also just signed a new booking deal with AEG Presents, the live entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG.

The C. Howard Crane-designed Majestic Theatre building at 4120 Woodward opened in 1915 as an 1,100-seat theater showing plays first, then movies, and has been hosting concerts since the mid 1980s, according to the venue’s website. Artists like Sublime, Sonic Youth, Post Malone, George Clinton, Patti Smith, Wilco and others have played there over the years. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2008, according to the Detroit Historical Society.

The Magic Stick is on the second floor of the Majestic Theatre and has a standing-room capacity of 500-750.

The Garden Bowl bowling alley has been around in some form since 1913 or so.

The listing also includes 0.42 acres of parking with 75 spaces and a 4,890-square-foot multi-tenant office building with 4,900 square feet and 11 parking spaces.

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