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Arbor Brewing Co puts on a new face after 20 years downtown

Big changes are coming to Arbor Brewing Co as the ownership plans to mark its 20th anniversary with a comprehensive face-lift of the brewpub.The microbrewery plans to revamp its bar, dining room seating, entryway, kitchen, and bathrooms in an effort to modernize the establishment and make it more accessible. The restaurant has also promoted one of its employees to executive chef and plans to launch a new menu when it reopens early next year.

"We're doing a lot," says Rene Greff, who co-founded Arbor Brewing Co with her husband Matt Greff.

When all the dust settles patrons will notice the changes right away, and throughout the eatery. The entryway will be reconfigured so the door is on the side of the entry vestibule. The bar will also be redesigned into a U shape by removing a faux wall behind the existing bar. The new bar will be able to accommodate more seating and make it easier for people to move through the dinning area.

"It's going to make it a more pleasant entrance," Greff says. "It's also going to make it a more pleasant experience for the people at the bar."

The connection between the main dinning room and game room will be enlarged by removing parts of the wall and a few booths. The downstairs bathrooms will also be renovated. The Greffs also plans to repaint the interior, tear out the old carpet, do some improvements to the kitchen, and upgrade the lighting.

The $200,000 renovation will keep the overall capacity (210 people) and seating (150 people) neutral because of the larger bar and loss of some booths. Work is expected to begin January 4th in the basement. The whole brewpub will shut down for two weeks on January 11th. The new menu will debut when it reopens, featuring vegetarian- and vegan-friendly fare made from scratch inspired by a recent menu revamp at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, which the Greffs also own.

"I like to think of it as gastropub meets food truck," Greff says. "It's still pub fare but with more interesting ingredients."

Source: Rene Greff, co-founder of Arbor Brewing Co
Writer: Jon Zemke
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  • Arbor Brewing Company
    114 E Washington
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Website
    Arbor Brewing Company is a microbrewery with operations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. It is currently expanding by creating franchises in India.