Granite City Brewery Plans March Opening in Troy
The Minnesota-based restaurant and brewery chain's first Michigan location is under construction on West Big Beaver Road.
The Granite City Food & Brewery, which announced in the fall it would open a restaurant in Troy, has broken ground and is expected to open in March.
This is the first Granite City to open since 2008, and the first Michigan location. The restaurant is located at 699 W. Big Beaver Rd., near Interstate 75.
Minnesota-based Granite City is a casual dining restaurant that has an onsite brewery. The chain has 26 locations across the country.
Michele Hodges, president of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, said the brewery is part of the Big Beaver Corridor Enhancement Study, which strives to make the Big Beaver area more walkable for pedestrians.
"We are excited about it," Hodges said. "We see that as leadership if we can host entities and corporations that are new to the market."
In October when Granite announced its Troy plans, president and founder Steve Wagenheim, formerly of Oak Park, said the new restaurant marks an evolution for the company, which had opened all its current locations prior to the recession.
"Like a lot of businesses, we held still in 2009 and 2010," Wagenheim said. "We came out of the recession a lot stronger. When developing a plan, we looked at what we wanted Granite City to be in the future."
Wagenheim said in October that the 9,800-square-foot Troy location, which is located next to the PNC Bank building, was purchased before the recession, but plans to open the restaurant had been put on hold for more than two years. When opened, it will have seating for 300 people and feature a wrap-around bar that flows into an atrium, an exposed kitchen and a central wood-fired oven.