Bar plans to enter downtown market


The Tin Can serves more than 80 types of beer and about 26 Michigan brews. Photo via

“If Walmart had a bar, this would be it.”

The Tin Can

That's the self-description of The Tin Can, a Lansing-based bar that’s planning to open its first location in West Michigan in downtown Grand Rapids — near Founders Brewing Co., The Intersection and Grand Woods Lounge — at 206 Grandville Ave. SW.

Known to many Michigan State University Spartans as “the Can,” The Tin Can, which already has three locations in the Lansing area, recently received approval from the city of Grand Rapids to open a fourth Tin Can bar inside the first floor of a five-story building, which was renovated in recent years by 616 Development.

The Tin Can’s owner, Doug Johns, Jr., said he expects the bar to be open “some time before the first of the year.”

The Tin Can restaurant and bar area will cover about 2,559 square feet and seat about 114 and include an outdoor patio, which can remain open until 1:30 a.m., according to the city.

Johns said The Tin Can currently serves more than 80 types of beer and about 26 Michigan brews.

The menu will feature “basic bar food like burgers, chili dogs and chips,” he said.

Johns added that the bar will feature dartboards, a jukebox, a pool table and chalkboard walls for customers to “write silly things.”

The bar will employ about 20 people.

Another option

“Grand Rapids is Beer City, U.S.A., so we just feel like it’s the perfect fit for us,” Johns said. “We’re just incredibly excited to become a part of it. There’s so much realized potential for that area, but there’s also more room for growth too.”

The bar’s hours will be from 3 p.m.-2 a.m., every day of the week.

“We will add another eating and entertainment option for the people living, working and visiting this area,” the bar says in city documents. “By making use of this currently vacant space, the walkability in the area should be improved."

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