At the heart of our passion for Detroit is preserving and presenting the history of our great city. As we restore our buildings and expand our businesses we view each project as a time capsule – full of artifacts, stories, and inspiration from the past.
Our first venture, Grand Trunk Pub, represents the early years of Detroit’s rise to prominence, in architecture, transportation, and the joy of a great beer.
Over the years this grand building has served as a jewelry store, train ticket station, Irish pub, and much more. Each iteration leaving its mark, exemplifying the best of it’s time.
When we opened up the upper floors and created The Whisky Parlor, it was important to leave the nails in the ceiling from it’s days as a hardware store, hang the unique ‘Men’s Furnishings’ sign that graced the front of the building, and leave the buzzer in place that once rang the bell to open the entrance of what once was a speakeasy.
With the purchase of Checker Bar, it was an honor to strip back the layers and reveal the history of a more modern time in Detroit. We wanted to honor the origins of the legendary burger bar. From the 50’s to the 70’s Checker created a concept that has been imitated and built on uncountable times. A true Detroit original.
We are excited to move forward in history as we open the newly restored and remodeled second floor of Checker Bar, POP + Offworld. From the collage of fashion magazine ads that were uncovered on the walls, to the vintage video games, and the 80’s inspired murals by Michelle Tanguay, POP + Offworld is sure to transport all that enter.