HopCat In Royal Oak To Permanently Close

The owners hope to find a new location

WWJ News
May 27, 2020 - 4:13 pm

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(WWJ) There will be no more Cosmik Fries and beer on the rooftop as one of HopCat's local locations closes for good. 

The popular brewpub’s founder confirmed Wednesday that its Royal Oak restaurant will not reopen after coronavirus orders are lifted, due to lack of an agreement with the landlord. 

The owner says they hope to reopen in a different location in Royal Oak soon. 

In statement to the media and on social media, HopCat owner Mark Sellers made clear it was a difficult decision:

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of our HopCat – Royal Oak location. Unfortunately, after extensive negotiation with the landlord — with the goal of securing the location and employee jobs — we were unable to come to a reasonable agreement and the landlord has demanded we vacate the building. We will be seeking a new location in Royal Oak so we can resume serving this awesome community in the future. We thank you for your loyalty and friendship over the years, the support and kind words many of you have sent our way the past few months during this crisis. We promise we will be back in Royal Oak at some point in the future. So let’s not say goodbye, let’s just say “until we meet again.”

Hopcat has laid off more than 1,000 employees since the pandemic temporarily closed locations. While other restaurants have offered curbside and delivery service, HopCat thus far has not. 

The brewpub started in Grand Rapids in 2008 before expanding to over a dozen locations.  

In Michigan, there are locations in Detroit, Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Holland and Kalamazoo.