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Bar expands into college town

July 14, 2014
| By Pat Evans |
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Bar expands into college town
A rendering of the 300-seat HopCat Ann Arbor. Courtesy HopCat

The regional expansion of a top-ranked bar continues.

HopCat Ann Arbor

BarFly Ventures said this morning that it will open a fifth HopCat bar in the middle of downtown Ann Arbor, at 311-315 Maynard Ave.

The bar is scheduled to open in January 2015.

HopCat Ann Arbor will create more than 140 jobs and represent a $2-million investment.

The 8,600-square-foot space will have 300 seats.

HopCat Ann Arbor will have up to 100 varieties of beer on tap at any time and a selection of rare and specialty bottled beers and wines.

Food will include the bar’s staple Crack Fries and other items, such as sandwiches, burgers and salads.

“Downtown Ann Arbor’s history as an outstanding dining, art and music destination is one of the main factors that drew us to the city,” said Mark Sellers, founder, HopCat. “With a strong business community, along with the University of Michigan, the city is a perfect fit for HopCat’s philosophy of offering a unique, comfortable environment to enjoy great beer and great food with friends.”

Regional bars

This is the third HopCat location BarFly Ventures has announced in 2014, following in the footsteps of HopCat Detroit and HopCat Broad Ripple in Indianapolis. The two are slated to open in November and August.

Last August, HopCat East Lansing started the chain of expansions with a massive 100-tap takeover by Short’s Brewing Co.

The original

The original HopCat in Grand Rapids — which opened in 2008 — continues to land on rankings that recognize it as one of the best beer bars in the country, including sites such as Craftbeer.com, RateBeer.com and BeerAdvocate magazine. 

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