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Displaying items tagged: Hopcat

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 15:09

BarFly assets sold to previous investors for $17.5M in bankruptcy auction

GRAND RAPIDS — BarFly Ventures LLC — the parent company of HopCat, Stella’s Lounge and Grand Rapids Brewing Co. — has sold its assets as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 01 July 2020 12:16

Whitmer signs bar, restaurant relief package expanding alcohol sales

LANSING — Michigan restaurants and bars are now able to expand alcohol sales as well as the area where patrons can consume drinks. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 14 June 2020 20:24

Lease disputes, COVID-19 loan, ‘craft beer craze’ decline surround BarFly bankruptcy

Overly aggressive expansions, lease disputes and sagging interest in craft beer-based casual restaurants were contributing factors to BarFly Ventures LLC’s bankruptcy filing this month before business was decimated by COVID-19, court records show.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 07 June 2020 09:50

MiBiz Growth Report: June 7, 2020

The MiBiz Growth Report for June 7, 2020.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 03 June 2020 11:40

HopCat parent company BarFly Ventures files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

GRAND RAPIDS — BarFly Ventures LLC, the parent company of the HopCat chain of beer bars, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 02 August 2019 12:21

HopCat to discontinue brewing at downtown Grand Rapids brewpub

GRAND RAPIDS — BarFly Ventures LLC, the parent company that operates the HopCat craft beer bar chain, has decided to discontinue brewing operations at the downtown HopCat location, MiBiz has learned. 

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:16

With latest raise, BarFly targets $7M in funding, plans 3-4 new HopCat locations

GRAND RAPIDS — The company that owns and operates the HopCat craft beer bar chain has secured another $6 million in capital it will use to open three to four more locations in 2019 and 2020, MiBiz has learned. In confirming BarFly Ventures LLC’s latest round of fundraising, founder and owner Mark Sellers told MiBiz approximately $5 million of the funding came from one new investor while $1 million came from Sellers himself. The company is still in the process of raising another $1 million from existing investors to reach its $7 million goal.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 16 September 2018 19:47

MiBiz Growth Report: Sept. 17, 2018

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Sept. 17, 2018.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 09 September 2018 21:47

HopCat’s 2nd GR location aims to shine light on local brewing industry

GRAND RAPIDS — HopCat’s 17th location overall — and its second in Grand Rapids — comes as an “experiment” of sorts for the growing chain of craft beer-focused restaurants.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 29 April 2018 15:47

MiBiz Growth Report: April 30, 2018

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for April 30, 2018.

• M&A: New York City-based Standard Media Group LLC, a new investor-backed media company, has entered into a definitive agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. of Hunt Valley, Md. to acquire Grand Rapids-based Fox 17 WXMI and eight other stations around the country. The $441.7 million cash deal would create a new media company affiliated with Standard General LP, an SEC-registered investment adviser that manages capital for public and private pension plans, endowments, foundations, and high net worth individuals. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close in conjunction with the Sinclair-Tribune transaction. As MiBiz previously reported, Sinclair is trying to appease government regulators in a bid to finalize its $3.9 billion acquisition of Chicago-based Tribune Media Co., which currently owns Fox 17. 

Published in Breaking News
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:37

HopCat location planned for downtown Holland

BarFly Ventures LLC continues to grow its brand of HopCat craft-beer-focused bars.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 01 April 2018 10:21

MiBiz Growth Report: April 2, 2018

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for April 2, 2018.

• M&A: A subsidiary of Universal Forest Products Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI) plans to acquire “substantially all” of the operating assets of Marietta, Ga.-based North American Container Corp., a producer of packaging products, according to a statement. The deal should close by June 1. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. The acquisition will add steel, corrugated and hardwood packaging to Universal’s lineup of industrial products. North American Container, founded in 1967, operates nine manufacturing facilities in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin and recorded 2017 sales of about $71 million. Universal Forest Products in February reported that it generated $3.9 billion in net sales with net earnings of $119.5 million for 2017.

Published in Breaking News

Monday, 19 March 2018 11:24

HopCat plans second Grand Rapids-area location

GRAND RAPIDS –– BarFly Ventures LLC, the Grand Rapids-based parent company of the HopCat chain of craft beer-focused restaurants, announced Monday that it plans a second location in the area.

Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 20:27

BarFly Ventures announces Florida HopCat location

The expanding chain of HopCat craft beer bars will head oceanside later this year.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 15 May 2016 10:42

Downtown Kalamazoo development gears up for new construction

KALAMAZOO — With a dearth of major buildings left to renovate in the downtown Kalamazoo area, developers say new construction will soon be their only option going forward. 


Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:43

HopCat announces Kalamazoo location

The HopCat chain of craft beer bars continues its rapid expansion.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 25 March 2016 15:19

Plans for Chicago HopCat location announced

Grand Rapids-based Barfly Ventures LLC today confirmed reports from earlier this week that it would open a HopCat location in Chicago.

Published in Breaking News