Teds market plans to convert its grocery area into a new beer hall.Owner Brian Hench said the new hall will not only complement the wine hall in the lower level of teds, 12628 Coldwater Road, but it will give teds a more restaurant feel and allow for more space to host bigger events, such as its summertime Food Truck Thursdays and holiday parties. The business opened 18 months ago in the spot where Union Chapel Church once stood.
The beer hall will feature multiple craft beers and all sorts of "good beer food" including pizzas, brats, burgers, and wings to enjoy with their craft beers, he said. It will have large community tables with plenty of room for families. To convert the grocery into the beer hall, some things need to be moved out and/or rearranged. That will leave much more space in the restaurant for live entertainment. The beer hall will give teds more of a restaurant feel, Hench said.
The grocery part of the business isn't fitting with the restaurant changes."Nowadays we get a lot less customers that come here to get groceries," he said. "Most of them would rather eat at the restaurant upstairs or visit the wine hall." Also the business has completed menu changes, which is done about three or four times a year, and they currently have had more emphasis on the beer selection.
"It seemed that this beer hall was basically in the direction that the business was headed," Hench said.
Hench has plenty of enthusiasm in the change, which began in October with the addition of a bar to the market.
"Compared to the grocer, I believe that the beer hall will be a far more exciting experience for our customers," he said.
The pending change has sparked debates among the employees as to whether to keep the name teds market. He'll make a formal announcement within the next week and a half on the coming changes, which should be complete by the end of February at the latest. All they really need to do is remove unnecessary items, such as the deli counter, and add more seating on the kitchen side and they'll be ready to open it. The business will have a sale of the grocery items Saturday-Jan. 21. The grocery area will have reduced hours during the transition, being closed Monday, and open noon-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The lower-level wine bar will be open its normal hours, 5 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Saturday.