Rising from the ashes: Corner Bar reopens Aug. 25

Kent County

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — Slightly more than a year after fire gutted Rockford’s Corner Bar, the newly rebuilt landmark is set to serve up food and drinks again.

The owners of Corner Bar will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. The bar and restaurant is on the same site as the old business: 31 N. Main Street in downtown Rockford.

Designers incorporated relics from the historic building into the new restaurant and bar, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The original Corner Bar was destroyed in an Aug. 14, 2017 fire that sparked overnight and lasted for hours, fed by an open gas line. By the time the fire was extinguished, the building was destroyed.

Crews were only able to salvage the front brick facade of the old structure. It has been refinished and is now a part of the new building.

The Corner Bar gave 24 Hour News 8 a sneak peek inside. The new bar top is made of burned wood from the original bar, finished with a brilliant lacquer, accompanied by a foot rail that is built from support beams that held the original facade up after the blaze.

Patrons will also be greeted with new features, including an open-air second floor seating area, complete with a bar. Developers also changed the former two-kitchen setup to a single kitchen, which will allow for a larger waiting area and increased efficiency.

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