The new HopCat will include an outdoor beer garden, music venue on the second floor and about 130 taps. )
Grand Rapids-based craft brewery HopCat is expanding to Detroit.
The brewer and craft beer bar, which also has locations in Grand Rapids and East Lansing, will move into a previously vacant Midtown building at 4265 Woodward. Renovations will total about $3.3 million, and HopCat said its third — and largest — location will employ 100.
“Detroit has a rich brewing heritage and a vibrant community of breweries and brewpubs,” said Mark Sellers, a Michigan native who founded HopCat in Grand Rapids in 2008. “This location puts the state’s largest selection of draft beer within blocks of Wayne State University, TechTown and the future home of the Detroit Red Wings. We also are thrilled to be next door to a stop on the M-1 Rail streetcar line, which will be a vital connector for our customers and our team members.”
The new HopCat, tentatively scheduled to open in August, will include an outdoor beer garden, music venue on the second floor and about 130 taps, with an emphasis on Michigan beers. The Detroit location will not be a brewery; the Grand Rapids location has its own small brewery and is licensed to sell only in that location. The East Lansing and Detroit spots will be bars only.
Birmingham-based McIntosh Poris Associates is the project architect and Grand Rapids-based Wolverine Construction is the general contractor.
BarFly Ventures, the entity that owns the HopCat brand, is purchasing the property from the Michigan Land Bank with help from Midtown Detroit Inc., a nonprofit organization promoting economic development and opportunities in the city. Construction is expected to begin after city zoning approval and incentives are secured.
“We are happy to welcome HopCat to the community as an exciting new choice for dining and entertainment,” said Susan Mosey, president of Midtown Detroit Inc. “HopCat’s reputation as an award-winning beer-lovers’ destination will help make HopCat-Detroit a vibrant addition to the Midtown neighborhood while providing more than 100 new jobs.”