HopCat to expand into Midtown Detroit

Grand Rapids-based HopCat is expanding again, this time into Detroit’s Midtown area

Barfly Ventures, the parent company of HopCat, announced that it plans on renovating the space formerly occupied by Agave on Woodward Avenue. Plans are to open sometime in 2014.

The third HopCat location will bring the state’s largest selection of craft beer to Detroit, with 130 taps focusing primarily in Michigan craft beer. The venue will include a full menu, an outdoor beer garden, and a live music venue on the second floor. As a testament to the rich musical heritage of Detroit, performers will be diverse, running the gamut from rock and jazz to bluegrass and soul.

If a massive craft beer selection weren’t enough, the $3.3 million investment will bring more than 100 jobs to the city within blocks of Wayne State University, TechTown, and the future site of the new Detroit Red Wings stadium.

Mark Sellers, founder of HopCat and a Michigan native, is excited about the expansion.

“Detroit has a rich brewing heritage and a vibrant community of breweries and brewpubs,” Sellers says. “We are also 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 team members.”

Birmingham-based McIntosh Poris Associates is the project architect with Wolverine Construction of Grand Rapids serving as general contractor. McIntosh Poris Associates have provided a rendering of the project plan to give a sneak peak of the renovated facility.

HopCat currently maintains two other locations in Grand Rapids and East Lansing. These other locations have garnered acclaim from the global beer community for overall beer selection, their famous Crack Fries, and world record-setting tap takeovers.

Cheers to Sellers and the BarFly Ventures/HopCat team for celebrating Michigan craft beer and providing an economic boost to the city of Detroit.

Rendering provided by McIntosh Poris Associates