GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The owner of Cottage Bar announced Wednesday he is retiring and selling downtown Grand Rapids’ longest-running restaurant and bar.

Dan Verhil said he is selling Cottage Bar and its sister restaurant, One Trick Pony Grill and Taproom. The two businesses are located on the corner of Fulton Street E and La Grave Avenue SE.

“It was a bittersweet decision,” Verhil told News 8. “One I’ve been contemplating for the last couple of years.”

He hopes to sell the businesses to someone who is interested in carrying on the legacy.

“I would like to find a local person or at least someone who appreciates the longevity and have some sincere desire to carry on that legacy. That would be my first area that I’d be looking for,” Verhil expanded. “I want to take care of my loyal staff, who’s been with me for many, many years, to make sure they transition into a new ownership in a positive and affirming way.”

Dan Verhil has owned Cottage Bar for 40 years after taking over it over from his father, John Verhil, in 1980. He then opened One Trick Pony next door in 1996.

The original restaurant, the Cottage Sandwich Shop, was first opened by Earl and Marie Coon in 1927. After the end of Prohibition, the owners were the first to get a liquor license in Grand Rapids, according to Cottage Bar’s website.

  • One Trick Pony 1997
  • A photo of a menu at Cottage Bar in Grand Rapids. (Feb. 5, 2020)
  • The Cottage Bar in downtown Grand Rapids.

—News 8’s Lynsey Mukomel contributed to this report.


History of the Cottage Bar

History of One Trick Pony