Brewery re-targets West Side for taproom


Jolly Pumpkin operates several locations in the state, including Traverse City. Photo via

New plans for a West Side taproom by a Michigan brewery have been filed with the city.

Dexter-based Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, an all-sour, barrel-aged brewer, submitted its design for the location to the city’s planning department. The design is currently under review by city planning officials.

The plan calls for the renovation and expansion of a restaurant space located at 428 Bridge St. NW, the former location of Black Heron Kitchen and Bar, which closed in June.

The project describes the renovation and expansion of the existing restaurant and kitchen areas, including additional electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems, new finishes and partial window replacement. A new interior stair system would also be installed.

Previously proposed West Side location

The Business Journal reported in January on Jolly Pumpkin’s plan to open a taproom at 449 Bridge St. NW, near New Holland Brewing's Knickerbocker.

Jolly Pumpkin

Founded by Ron Jeffries and Laurie Jeffries in 2004, Jolly Pumpkin’s beers can be found across the globe.

Jolly Pumpkin has six locations: Chicago; Traverse City; Ann Arbor; Dexter; Royal Oak; and Detroit.

Jolly Pumpkin’s parent company, Northern United Brewing Company, also owns and operates Grizzly Peak and North Peak.

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