SAGINAW, MI – The former site of Zorba’s Lounge, an Old Town Saginaw staple, will be torn down next week to make way for one of the city’s first recreational marijuana dispensaries.

On Friday, March 26, Zorba’s owner Tom Veremis announced the restaurant was sold and would soon close. The building, located at 700 Gratiot Avenue in Old Town, is set to become a Skymint Cannabis recreational marijuana dispensary, one of the first two built in the city. Construction is set to begin Monday, April 5, according to City Councilmember Bill Ostash, an advocate for bringing the industry to the city who has updated the public on its progress on his Facebook page.

The community knows what it feels like to lose Zorba’s, Ostash said. The developers plan to include some kind of tribute to Zorba’s and Veremis in the new building to memorialize the restaurant’s legacy, he said.

“Zorba’s was such a cool place, it was like you walked back in time,” Ostash said. “We’re sad, but we move forward.”

Alongside Skymint, Lume Cannabis Co. is also moving forward with plans for a dispensary at 3446 State St.

After recreational marijuana applicants receive approval for engineering, they can receive permits to begin building out

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