Max Dugans in Hazel Park featuring green shots called the '696 Special'

Posted at 9:17 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 21:39:14-05

HAZEL PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) — The co-owner of Max Dugans, a local blues joint in Hazel Park, is bringing attention to the spread of the hazardous chemical hexavalent chromium after the substance was improperly stored in the ground by the former owner of a now-closed Madison Heights company.

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Steve Sawyers, co-owner of the establishment, said Thursday that he and his bartender wanted to lightheartedly address the issue, while still bringing attention to it by naming a green shot after the debacle.

The "696 Special" is just $4.50 and Steve says it's already a hit with customers.

Steve co-owns the bar with his brother Perry. They opened at 844 E. 10 Mile Road in May 2019.

Steve also expressed his frustrations with the amount of jail time Gary Sayers, the owner of Electro Plating Services in Madison Heights, has been sentenced, adding that it's unfair he was only sentenced to a year and a day in prison for his part in the spread of the cancer-causing chemical.

The special will go on until further notice.