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July 14, 2014 - 10:48am

Craft beer bar and restaurant to open in former Borders building


In a press release Monday morning, BarFly Ventures announced it would open a fifth location of their popular restaurant HopCat in Ann Arbor as a tenant in the former Borders building.

HopCat features foods meant to complement beer, such as sandwiches, burgers, salads and wraps, according to the release. It will sell up to 100 varieties of craft beer on tap as well as other alcoholic drinks.

In the release, HopCat founder Mark Sellers said the downtown area’s reputation as a destination for dining, art and music is one of the main factors that drove them to select the city for the restaurant’s newest location.

“With a strong business community along with the University of Michigan, the city is a perfect fit for HopCat’s philosophy of offering a unique, comfortable environment to enjoy great beer and great food with friends,” he said.

The restaurant will seat 300 people, and plans to open up January 2015 following a $2 million investment into the space. It is the fifth tenant to announce plans for the building, which now only has one open lease left.