Kiernan’s Steak House and Silky’s Martini & Music Cafe, a pair of Dearborn institutions, will soon close.
Co-owner Patrick Kiernan said the 48-year-old steak house and 11-year-old martini bar at 21931 Michigan will likely close in March or April, after the transfer of a liquor license to new owners is complete.
“We’ve been doing it our whole lives,” Kiernan said in a phone interview. “Everybody’s just a little tired and burnt out and ready to move on to different ventures.”
Because the liquor license transfer is still pending, Kiernan said he can’t identify the new owners, but said he thinks they plan on opening an restaurant and club.
Kiernan’s and Silky’s employ about 50 workers, including many part-time servers and dish-washers. They were notified of the impending closure around Christmas.
Kiernan’s was founded in 1965 by Patrick’s father, Terence. Ownership was transferred to him and his three siblings in 1987.
The adjacent building that houses Silky’s was purchased as a banquet hall in 1984. It opened as a martini bar with live bands in 2003.
The steak house and martini bar will stay open at least for now with no changes, Kiernan said. There will likely be multiple going-out-of business parties once a closing date is set, he said.
Despite the desire to move on, Kiernan said he has many fond memories of the restaurant.
“I remember coming in and washing dishes when I was 12 and working my way up,” Kiernan said. “We’ve had a lot of good, loyal customers over the years.”