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Kiernan's Steak House, Silky's Martini Bar to Close Soon

For many, these local hangouts were much more than just a place to get a drink.

Silky's was originally purchased as a banquet hall in 1984, and transformed into a martini bar in 2003. Photo: Silky's Facebook page.
Silky's was originally purchased as a banquet hall in 1984, and transformed into a martini bar in 2003. Photo: Silky's Facebook page.
Kiernan's Steak House and Silky's Martini & Music Cafe, two beloved downtown hotspots for many years, will both be closing soon, according to Silky's Facebook page.

The 48-year-old steak house and 11-year-old martini bar will likely close by March or April, after the transfer of a liquor license to new owners is complete, co-owner Patrick Kiernan told the Detroit Free Press.

An owner has not been named yet, though the new business will likely be a bar, nightclub or restaurant.

"It's sad to hear about it closing," said Facebook user Greg Franklin, about Silky's. "It was a great place to play and listen to other bands. Was my favorite place to play as well."

For many, these local hangouts were much more than a place to get a drink, mostly because of the warm atmosphere created by the great people who ran the establishments. 

"It is with a very heavy heart that we will be saying goodbye to Kiernan's Steak House and Silky's Bar," said Facebook user Cheryl Cooper. "I can't begin to express my love and gratitude for this family. Not only are they a restaurant and bar, a hangout for friends, a home for many of us, and an icon of this community, they are family to me! I love you guys, from the bottom of my heart."

Kiernan's Steak House was founded by Patrick's father, Terry Kiernan, in 1965, according to their website. Silky's was originally purchased as a banquet hall in 1984, and transformed into a martini bar in 2003.

Ownership was transferred to Patrick and his three siblings in 1987.

“I remember coming in and washing dishes when I was 12 and working my way up,” he told the Free Press. “We’ve had a lot of good, loyal customers over the years.”

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Marium Wilke January 16, 2014 at 09:42 AM
This is very sad to hear...Kiernans has been a big part of the fabric of this city...It's tough to realize are fabric is being stretched beyound repair...Best wishes to the family that believed in are city and stayed..Good luck in your next adventure...I hope the next buisness that takes over opens a place if it's a restaurant. .... With open arms for everyone that comes to Dearborn enjoys their visit....Very sorry to see you close...Thanks for all you did for our city!
Mary Sheridan January 16, 2014 at 11:03 AM
It would be great if the new owners would keep the name, even if it's not owned by the Kiernan brothers anymore.
Gary M January 16, 2014 at 11:26 AM
They killed their own business. When they added Silkys it created a bit of a boom for them. Then they never changed ANYTHING after that. Could of switched the menus or did something to change the inside of the place. But no they were handed a great chance and just let it fizzle out. They shoudl be more ashamed than anything. Part-time owners that didn't care until it was time to get rid of it. Sad day.
Gary M January 16, 2014 at 11:26 AM
should*
cheryl January 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM
I really enjoy this place, great atmosphere, good food, friendly staff. We were becoming regulars...will miss Faye and Brandi and the quiet, but enjoyable happy hour!
Steven Lai February 06, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Good riddance. the place sucked and the owners thought they were above the law with skirting around smoking laws by calling themselves a cigar bar. Worked there when I was young. The owners were a-holes

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