ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — An iconic Rockford restaurant nearly destroyed in a fire last year is now rising from the ashes.
Orion Construction says it has begun rebuilding the Corner Bar after wrapping up about two months of demolition on the site at 31 North Main Street.
Built in 1873, the Corner Bar was Rockford’s oldest brick building, according to Orion Construction. That changed in August when a fire swept through the bar, which burned for hours because of an open gas line.
The new 10,000 square-foot restaurant’s design will incorporate a portion of the original building’s salvaged fascade.
Owner Jeff Wolfe said it would have been easier to start new, but he and his wife wanted to salvage what they could to preserve memories patrons made during their visits to the Corner Bar.
The new Corner Bar will have an upgraded interior, improved dining room, second floor event space and outdoor patio, as well as a recreation of its hot dog wall of fame.
Work on the restaurant is expected to take seven months. The Corner Bar’s owners hope to reopen this summer.