Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city while enjoying a beer and delicious food outside at the new parklets going into Grand Rapids.

Written by  Aimee West
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Grand Rapids is excited to annouce that Wedneday Aug 6th at 4pm; Grand Rapids Brewing Co., McFaddens Restaurant & Saloon and Stella's Lounge will open the first parklets with street patios!
BarFly Ventures, owner of GRBC, McFadden’s and Stella’s designed and built these first three street patio parklets with support from the Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI). The goal of the parklets is to to bring positive activity to the downtown area.

“Parklets help emphasize the importance of spaces for people in creating a vibrant public realm,” said Kristopher Larson, president & CEO, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. “We are proud to support Grand Rapids Brewing Co., McFadden’s and Stella’s in their pioneering of this new program and look forward to what innovative parklet concepts other businesses and organizations might pursue.”

Mark Sellers, founder of BarFly Ventures had this to say: “We’re thrilled to be able to give our customers an incredible new way to experience downtown, we think these outdoor ‘street patios’ will be the hottest seats in town on pleasant summer and fall nights.”

About BarFly Ventures
Founded in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 2008, BarFly Ventures is the parent company of HopCat, a craft beer bar named “No. 3 Beer Bar on Planet Earth” by Beer Advocate Magazine, “No. 2 Beer Bar in America” by CraftBeer.com and “No. 1 Brewpub in the United States” by RateBeer.com. HopCat has locations in Grand Rapids and East Lansing, Mich., with new locations set to open in Indianapolis, Detroit and Ann Arbor. BarFly also owns and operates Stella’s Lounge, a whiskey and retro-arcade bar in Grand Rapids with famous stuffed burgers named “Best Burger in America” by GQ Magazine. BarFly also owns the award-winning Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Michigan’s only certified organic brewery, and McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon, host of Irish on Ionia, Michigan’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Street Party.


Aimee West

Aimee West

Is new to the craft beer scene but always willing and wanting to learn more.