In the News
Grand Rapids' new Stella's Lounge to feature 200 whiskeys, vegetarian menu Courtesy of rapidgrowthmedia.com
by. Deborah Johnson Wood
Beginning May 1, Stella's Lounge
will light up the Grand Rapids night with punk and alternative music selections compiled by Herm Baker of Vertigo Music,
a vegetarian menu, vintage video games from the 70s and 80s, and whiskey – more than 200 different kinds.
new bar, 53 Commerce Ave. SW, has what owner Mark Sellers calls an "old
school, 70s vibe" and shares an address, a kitchen and restrooms with
its sister bar next door, Viceroy, which is still under construction.
and his wife, Michele, came up with the idea for the bar following a
successful run with nearby HopCat, their first foray into the Grand
Rapids bar business after living in Chicago and returning to Mark's
"The bar is handmade by Aaron Heineman of Heineman Bar Company
who made the bar for HopCat and is making the one for Viceroy," Mark
Sellers says. "He's a Chicago guy I used to know when I lived down
there. The bar will be 40 feet long.
is a place I'd go for fun," Sellers adds. "When I open bars I kinda just
think about what I would like. I love craft beer so that's what HopCat
is all about, and I love the older video games so that's what this bar
The games include pinball, Ms. Pac
Man, Frogger, Tron and Centipede. Sellers bought the real thing – used
games from eBay, and some from Chattanooga Pinball Co.
and Belmont-based Game Room Guys
vegetarian menu includes one meat lovers pick: a colossal stuffed
hamburger with pepperjack cheese and jalapeno, topped with a specialty
As for drinks, "we're not going to
reinvent the wheel," says Garry Boyd, general manager. "As a matter of
fact we're going to make it really simple – you'll be able to get drinks
for a good price and the draft list will be independently-owned
breweries, no Bud, Miller or Coors."
The bar's opening created just under 50 new jobs, including full-time management and chef positions.
Source: Mark Sellers and Garry Boyd, Stella's