MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — The Turk Lake Restaurant and Bar’s owner has decided to change plans in the development of a new brew pub in Montcalm Township.
In August, the Montcalm Township board approved for owner Tom Smith to expand his business where cottages sit next to the facility.
He asked the board to approve a zoning change to allow for the expansion in that area, which was approved.
Smith told the board in August he estimates he will be able to add at least four jobs. He plans to have three staple beers, one seasonal beer and he is looking into creating a specialty beer, as well.
Recently, Smith rethought his plan and decided to remodel inside the restaurant and bar to make room for the brew pub.
“I decided I didn’t need all the extra space,” Smith said about his new plans.
Smith has been working with master brewers to tweak his plans to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
Smith plans to demolish some of his office space and and remodel the right side of his bar to incorporate the brew pub between the bar and banquet room.
“I plan to start when weather breaks for spring,” Smith said. “I hope to have it completed in fall of this year.”
Montcalm Township Clerk Carol Rosebrook said the there was not much discussion at the township meeting on Feb. 13 when Smith came back with his change in plans.
“He’s going to remodel the existing building and wasn’t sure if the liquor commission needed approval of the board for the change in plans,” Rosebrook said about the meeting.
Smith said he has been looking into the idea for about two years. He wanted something that draws people to the area and he hopes this will.
While planning, he has went throughout Michigan and other states to explore how other breweries work. He said master brewers will be coming in to help.