2018-08-09 / Business

Jan’s Bar opens to new possibilities

BY RYAN HICKS
View Newspapers correspondent


Jan’s Bar owners, customers and local officials celebrated the grand opening of the tavern’s new patio and the 53rd anniversary of the business Saturday. Photo by Ryan Hicks Jan’s Bar owners, customers and local officials celebrated the grand opening of the tavern’s new patio and the 53rd anniversary of the business Saturday. Photo by Ryan Hicks SWARTZ CREEK – Small things can make a big difference. Say for instance, a genuinely local bar adds a deck outside. From the main throughway in town, you can see the tables and umbrella canopies now. The bright red color and people leaned against the rail outside are calling your name, inviting you over.

“Barrrr fooooood.”

“Open spaaaace.”

“Outdoor seeeeating.”

Can you hear it?

“Having this out here opens us up to a new kind of clientele,” says Troy Medore, manager of Jan’s Bar & Grill, who helped manage and organize the process of getting the new deck.

Medore said the deck has been a goal for him and his mom, bar owner Connie King, for years.

“We were thinking about it three years ago,” he said. “But this year, we worked with the (Downtown Development Authority) and the city, and they matched some of the money for us to do the construction.”

He lists positives about the new addition, but most of it comes down to a single point.

“Not everyone wants to go to a bar to be inside,” he said.

Now parents and kids, or the outdoorsy types, can be outside the box, enjoying the music (“the speakers are pointed in toward the building so it isn’t too loud outside of the space”) and the air. The people outside are moving freely about the space. It’s not huge, but there are several tables and walking room.

It’s hard to imagine the families out on the deck having the same experience if they were inside. If that positive energy remains, only good things will happen.

King and Medore, along with city officials and members of the Chamber of Commerce, cut the ribbon on the patio Saturday, which was also the 53rd anniversary of Jan’s Bar, and drink specials were part of the celebration. It’s hard to beat 53 cents to have a toast to a town institution.

Cars were whisking by on Miller Road, and heads were turning to see what was going on with all the red balloons tied around the building.

It was the afternoon of the grand opening of the new deck, during the date of a long-standing anniversary, and all of the seats were filled.

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