New Harvest Festival, DTE Answers Questions, and a New Restaurant in Rochester

The city of Rochester’s City Beautiful Commission will host its first-ever Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 2:30-7:30 p.m. in the area of the new community garden.

Councilman Ben Giovanelli said the event will include live music, food, and a cash bar at the nearby Eagles club. Kids’ activities will be provided by Dinosaur Hill and the Paint Creek Center for the Arts.

“This is a celebration,” Giovanelli said. “It’s to celebrate the garden and the first year we had. But it’s also going to be a fund raiser because we had such great success with year one, we’re looking for folks to get us to year two.”

DTE to answer questions

A representative of DTE is scheduled to appear at the Sept. 12 Rochester City Council meeting to answer questions about why Rochester homes and businesses are experiencing repeated electrical problems. Council asked for the meeting.

The Rochester Hills Library is among the buildings that have experienced problems Director Christine Lind Hage said that in the last four years, the library has lost seven compressors due to fluctuations in voltage. The library’s insurer is complaining.

“If we lose our insurance on this, it is going to be very harmful to us,” she said, adding that DTE denies there is a problem. “We have been working with them for the last five years but we do not have a solution yet.”

Hearing set for new restaurant

A request to transfer in a liquor license for a new Japanese restaurant on Main Street will be the subject of a public hearing at the Rochester City Council meeting of Sept. 12.

The owner of Sumo Sushi, Byung Kim of Oakland Township, is planning to open a Japanese restaurant called Hibachi House at 335 Main, which is currently vacant. The new restaurant is expected to create 18 jobs.

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