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Jud Bar and Grill opens

About 30 people turned out Nov. 1 at the Jud Bar and Grill on opening night. New owner Renee Wimer said that interest in the bar's opening has been high, and the reaction of the community has been positive and supportive. For now the bar menu wil...

About 30 people turned out Nov. 1 at the Jud Bar and Grill on opening night.

New owner Renee Wimer said that interest in the bar’s opening has been high, and the reaction of the community has been positive and supportive.

For now the bar menu will be burgers and pizza, along with french fries, onion rings and cheese balls. Wimer will add to the menu a daily special, sandwiches and steak, chicken and fish entrees.

Wimer said she and her family members have often remarked that they wished the Jud Bar was still open; this spring she had the opportunity to make it happen. Since Oct. 6, she and her husband, Jerome, along with family and friends, have done extensive renovation to the building that has been the Jud Bar and Grill as long as anyone can remember. The new look inside has carefully preserved the local cattle brand insignia that was the legacy of three different branding parties held at the bar under three different bar owners, she said.

Wimer has a background for owning a bar. Her grandparents, Darrel and Nadine Brown, were the owners of Roper’s in Ypsilanti for 25 years. She said she has always had an interest in her grandfather’s bar, the people, the music, dart leagues and the atmosphere. Some of her grandfather’s cherished mementos are on display in the Jud Bar and Grill in his memory.

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Wimer is planning a formal grand opening later in the season. Bar hours are 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to close on Saturday.

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