We are Jon and Katheryn, owners of North End Taproom. Michigan born and raised, we recently moved back to the area after several years of living in California. While there, we loved frequenting self-pour beer bars and were disappointed to see they did not exist here in Michigan. It turns out, it is because self-pour was not legal! We worked with a representative that had a bill he was looking to pass to make it legal. This started an almost 2 year process to change the law including testifying in Lansing, many conversations and back and forth with legislatures to shape the language of the bill. Ultimately Senate Bill 656 passed in spring of 2023.
After 3 kids, 2 years and 1 law change, we finally opened North End Taproom! Can't wait to share our love of craft beers and other beverages with you!
After 25+ years in the industry I have come to except that hospitality is a passion of mine not just a job. Every day brings new challenges, but ends with the same goal. "Making sure every guests leaves happy and every employee feels respected and appreciated!"
Originally from Mt. Prospect, Illinois, I attended culinary school in Chicago. During my tenure, I often voluntarily worked for free in various kitchens (stage), learning as much as I could from various chefs. Feeling burnt out, I moved to Michigan in 2012 for a change in scenery. I got back into restaurant life as a result of Charlie Trotter’s passing. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of working in some of the most popular restaurants in Southeast Michigan, including Grey Ghost, The Peterboro, Joe Bar and Freya. I started my culinary career when I realized people often stop fighting (with each other), when they start eating. My menu is the result of that idea where you can eat or share something with a cold beer. While some may call that bar food, I find nothing wrong with redefining what that might mean.