Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern re-opened June 17 with new owners, a retro look
and a new concept, which relies heavily on craft beers and specialty
cocktails. Owners Sam Short, Alan Hooper and Aaron Matthews have
effectively stretched the eastern edge of Old Town with their venture
and paved the way for across-the-street neighbor Temple Club, which has
been dormant for five years, to follow suit.
1) During the renovation process, co-owner Sam Short wanted to make sure the bar stayed. “It has a lot of character.”
2) The Zoobie´s sign features a stylized Sputnik-like neon fixture,which was reconditioned by Falcon Signs in East Lansing.
3) Short said that seven layers of wallpaper dating from
1922 to the late ’50s were discovered when his crew tore out the old
4) Zoobie´s features 35-50 craft beers by bottle, 14 on
tap, 18 wines by the glass and over 40 wines by bottle, most of which
are available for a discounted to-go price. There is also a selection of
speciality cocktails featuring house-made sour mix.