HopCat announces plans to open Kalamazoo location

Inside view of the train depot in Kalamazoo where HopCat will be located. (Courtesy HopCat via Facebook/March 31, 2016)


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — HopCat announced Thursday they are opening a location in downtown Kalamazoo this fall.

BarFly Ventures, the parent company of HopCat, says the restaurant and craft beer bar will be located in the historic train depot at 427 E. Michigan Avenue. It will be the fifth location in Michigan and 11th location overall.

Officials plan to invest about $2 million to renovate the portion of the depot building facing Kalamazoo Avenue and Water Street, including a large multi-season outdoor seating area along the railroad tracks and Kalamazoo Avenue.

Inside view of the train depot in Kalamazoo where HopCat will be located. (Courtesy HopCat via Facebook/March 31, 2016)
Inside view of the train depot in Kalamazoo where HopCat will be located. (Courtesy HopCat via Facebook/March 31, 2016)

HopCat will also be within walking distance of Bell’s Brewery, Arcadia Brewing Co., as well as other downtown breweries and restaurants. It will feature 100 craft beers on tap, including more than 40 Michigan-brewed beers.

Mark Sellers, founder of HopCat and CEO of BarFly Ventures, said they’ve been wanting to open up in Kalamazoo for years but couldn’t find the right space until now.

The Kalamazoo location is also going to feature a beer garden — something the Grand Rapids HopCat doesn’t have.

“One thing I’m really excited about it with this location is we’re going to have a 2,500 square foot beer garden adjacent from the space so we’ll be able to have 100 or so people out there. We’re putting some real effort in to designing it to be a really cool beer garden,” said Sellers.

Last week, HopCat announced plans to open a Chicago location this summer. In September, HopCat announced they had reached a $25 million deal with a Texas lender and would be opening 30 new bars across the Midwest over the next five years.

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Online: HopCat – Kalamazoo Facebook page

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