Aggie’s Sports Bar is getting some upgrades, but it keeps the same neighborhood vibe
NAPOLEON, MI — Big changes are coming to Aggie’s Sports Bar and Average Joes in Napoleon.
Aggie’s has been part of the Napoleon community since the 1970s. Co-owners Scott Ashe and Justin Mitchell have worked on the bar and restaurant since they acquired it three years ago, and the upgrades are now nice additions that help always Aggie to keep its neighborhood vibe.
“There’s a lot of nostalgia about this place,” Ashe said.
“Pretty much modernize it without changing it,” Mitchell added.
There are major and minor improvements. Some have already taken place, including at Average Joes, where the bar was upgraded, carpeting removed, lighting changed, and matching tables and chairs added.
“It was like Heinz 57 here, a bit of everything,” Ashe said.
Work continues, however. The biggest and most exciting for homeowners is the patio, the owners said.
The space was just a dirt lot used for overflow parking in the 1990s. Ashe and Mitchell realized its potential and decided to incorporate it into something better used by customers.
“It was unused space and now it will be used. Hopefully for three seasons,” Ashe said.
Concrete was poured, a bar was installed and a fence was added. The patio won’t be open to customers until August, but Ashe and Mitchell expect it to seat around 100 people.
Additionally, there are hopes of hosting cornhole tournaments there and bringing entertainment and more there during the summer, Mitchell said.
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They also redid the wall of the restaurant which overlooks the patio. A garage door was added that can be opened during the summer to bring in a cool breeze, Mitchell said.
Just outside the patio, the owners have also added additional parking spaces just for motorbikes.
“People who have motorcycles want to see their motorcycles when they’re hanging out,” Mitchell said.
The next big change in the restaurant will be the bar. At the moment the restaurant bar is hidden and cannot accommodate many customers.
Michell and Ashe are currently considering removing part of the wall on the side of the bar to extend it into a C-shaped bar, Mitchell said. This will add more space for people to sit at the bar and make it more visible.
In addition to the bar, a new draft system will be installed, adding 12 draft beers on tap, Mitchell said.
“Which will be great,” he said.
Bar renovations won’t happen until October, but the new draft system is expected to be added in August, Mitchell said.
Apart from these, many other changes are coming to Aggie. The owners plan to add new tables in the restaurant, new televisions and a few other changes, including the exterior, they said.
Mitchell graduated from Napoleon and Ashe was officially the principal and athletic director of Napoleon High School.
The two want to connect with the community and plan to make their logo the same as the schools and change their colors from blue, red and white to black and green, Mitchell said.
“It connects the whole community,” Mitchell said.
With the changes, they hope to become a destination for Napoleon Township, the Brooklyn community and beyond.
“It’s like anything else, if you’re stagnant, you’re not improving. If you’re not trying to improve, you’re getting worse,” Ashe said.
Aggies Sports Bar and Average Joes, 108 Brooklyn Road, are open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday for a Bloody Mary bar.
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