Midtown pub crawls gain a fresh destination in about half a year as the Jolly Pumpkin joins tenants of the Willys Building at 411 Canfield in Midtown Detroit.
The Dexter-based craft brewer, which also has sites in Ann Arbor and on the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City, confirms the plan Tuesday afternoon at its fourth Facebook page. The 5,000-square-foot space will serve "artisan ales," liquor, wine, pizza and other "gastropub" food, marketing communicator Dianna Stampfler writes at her Promote Michigan blog.
“Many have helped us develop this project," the blogger quotes co-owner Tony Grant as saying. “Sue Mosey at Midtown [Detroit, Inc.] has been instrumental, as have Invest Detroit and Comerica Bank.”
In addition to Willys Detroit, an adjunct of Shinola, nearby businesses include RUNdetroit and the Fellow Barber.
The Washtenaw-based brewery actually preferred a Royal Oak site, Grant or partner Ron Jeffries acknowledges on its main Facebook page. "Unfortunately, the seller couldn’t deliver clear title to the building and backed out of the deal," says a frank post late Tuesday afternoon. "Therefore, we decided on this great spot in Midtown Detroit."
Jolly Pumpkin is part of Northern United Brewing Co., which also includes the Grizzly Peak and North Peak Beer Co. craft beer brands, as well as Civilized Spirits and Bonafide Wines.
-- Alan Stamm