The beer bar and restaurant, which opened its first location nearly five years ago in Traverse City, is preparing to open its second at 202 S. Lake St. in Boyne City. 7 Monks co-owner Jim Smolak expects the opening to happen sometime the week of June 20.
The company looked at multiple locations around Michigan as possibilities for expansion, Smolak said, but attention kept returning to Boyne City. The operators worked with Catt Development, local Realtor Wally Kidd and city leaders as they secured a space in Catt’s newly redeveloped business complex in downtown’s “SoBo” area.
“It was just a really, really welcoming business community,” said 7 Monks co-owner Matt Cozzens. “They were ready for some additional concepts like this.”
7 Monks’ name references the beers brewed by Trappist monasteries, often prized because of their rarity and unique tastes. When the bar opened its original location, seven monasteries in the world were considered authentic Trappist beer producers — although several more have since been added to the list.
The Boyne City location will feature about three dozen beers on tap, as well as numerous canned and bottled brews. The selection will include examples from Michigan and elsewhere around the United States as well as imports.
7 Monks also will offer ciders, wines and a cocktail option — specifically a Moscow mule. As for food, it will serve lunch and dinner with options such as gourmet burgers and pizzas, with a goal to source some ingredients locally.
The Boyne City location’s interior will feature a mix of bar, booth and table seating. A patio also will be available seasonally, with an outdoor fireplace that can be used in cooler weather. Full story.