GRAND BLANC (WJRT) -
(07/09/14) - Walls are coming down, floors are coming up and windows are coming out.
The time was finally right for construction work at Little Joe's in Grand Blanc.
"It's very exciting. It's something we've been working on for about 2 and a half years," said Joe Abott, general manager of Little Joe's.
The doors closed to patrons last Sunday. For the next two weeks, they won't be open again to anyone but construction crews.
"We just finally decided that we needed to go forward with it and we're gutting everything," Abott said.
A complete overhaul will take place in the main dining room, bathrooms and front patio and larger windows will help bring the outdoors in. There will also be a new bar and larger tap system and some expanding in the kitchen, plus a few new menu items.
"A lot of really cool unique things, and we're kind of keeping some things on the down low. We want to let people be surprised when they walk in for the first time when we reopen," Abott said.
If all goes as planned, that day will be next Monday, July 21. The big reveal is highly anticipated by regulars at Little Joe's, but the big announcement last week did cause a few ripples.
"I think a lot of people were worried about change," Abott said.
Some dedicated patrons weren't so keen on wiping away all that history. For decades, the community has come together here to celebrate many of life's milestones.
Abott and his family understand that.
"I came here as a little kid before we even bought the place, so there's a lot of memories here for me. The community has really supported us, and we're excited for future," he said.
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You have a chance to hold onto a piece of Little Joe's history. They will hold a garage sale with the old tables, chairs, and memorabilia.
They've been posting updates on their Facebook page, so patrons can follow the progress.