The Packard Pub Opens
The business's 6,500 square feet are divided between a first-floor bar and a basement lounge. Miller plans on renting out the basement for private parties and meetings and says he's already gotten many queries from U-M athletic department staffers. Upstairs Miller's installed fourteen plasma TVs and three huge screens for projector TVs. A long bar runs along two sides of the main floor. A huge photograph of Michigan Stadium runs the length of one wall, and the support columns are painted yellow with blue trim, but the bar and a number of the tables are faced in corrugated brushed steel that gives the place a vaguely art deco feel.
Miller serves pizza, burgers, sandwiches, calzones, soups, salads, and appetizers. He stocks a full bar and has twenty different beers on tap, with six taps devoted to a rotating selection of Michigan craft beers from breweries like Bell's in Kalamazoo and Founder's in Grand Rapids.
Packard Pub, 640 Packard. 929-2760. Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m. www.packardpub.com