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Tavern re-fills neighborhood space

July 11, 2014
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Tavern re-fills neighborhood space
The menu at Blue Dog Tavern in northwest Grand Rapids will feature burgers and wraps. Photo by Mike Nichols

The former home of a longtime corner restaurant and bar on Grand Rapids’ west side is being re-born.

The space inside a two-story building where the Kopper Top once operated is being renovated into Blue Dog Tavern, at 638 Stocking Ave. NW.

Blue Dog

McGraw Construction in Grand Rapids and Boven DeKock Electric in Grand Rapids were both at the bar this morning, working to complete the job, so the tavern can open in late August.

“It’s a total renovation,” said Eric Wright, electrician, Boven DeKock Electric. “I’m very excited. I think it’s going to be a pretty sweet spot. I’m bringing my friends when it’s done.”

Blue Dog Tavern, which will “have a 1930s feel,” will offer a menu that features burgers and wraps, Wright said.

The first-floor space is about 2,031 square feet, with room for about 80 people.

The second floor is about 1,377 square feet and office space.

Owner

The building was purchased on Nov. 22 of last year for $115,000 by 638 Stocking LLC, according to city records.

Fred Mackraz, owner of Mackraz Law Office in Grand Rapids, is the resident agent of the LLC.

Bar scene

Several businesses make up an active bar scene in the neighborhood around Stocking Avenue NW: the Monarch Club, Salvatore’s Italian Restaurant and Holiday Bar.

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