Thursday, June 13, 2013

Zoobie's Old Town Tavern will open on June 17th with everyone's first beer only 1¢!

Written by  Ryan Ranspach
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Zoobie's Old Town Tavern will open on June 17th with everyone ones first beer only 1¢!

One of the oldest bars in Lansing, which has been closed for several years, is set to reopen this summer. Zoobie's Old Town Tavern, owned by the same family since 1932, was the first bar in Michigan to receive a liquor license after the 21st amendment passed repealing prohibition. Over the years it maintained the feel of an old neighborhood bar serving cold beer and humble bar food. I remember visiting Zoobie's once in college and I thought that although it was old and a bit rundown, that at one time it was probably a very nice place.
Sam Short, along with his partners Aaron Matthews and Alan Hooper, originally intended on renovating and reopening the Temple Club, buying Zoobie's simply because it had a mobile liquor license and could be moved to the old Temple site. Instead, they decided to stay put and to reopen Zoobie's with a full line of modern craft beers, liquor, and beer to go. With 15 draft taps and a wide selection of bottles, they want to bring a 1930's-1950's bar vibe to the newly renovated space without it being gaudy or cliche. The space inside will have a 75 person capacity and will also feature an outdoor beer garden with a bocce ball court.

With the beer garden slated to open at the end of July, the new bar will employ around 15 people and bring back one of Lansing's oldest bar traditions . Located just on the eastern edge of Lansing's Old Town district, it will provide yet another spot for folks to enjoy in the growing bar culture of our fair city. Zoobies will open on Monday, June 17th at 3pm and your first beer will cost only 1¢! Visit their website for more details.