FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJRT) — For more than a decade, a sports bar in Flint Township has served up good food and conversation.
But, the company suffered a terrible loss last June, when a fire ravaged the building.
Now they are open again.
Foutch’s Pub has been a popular meeting place for residents of the Genesee County area for years.
They just opened Thursday night after completing major renovations that took nearly a year.
Closed since June 30, Foutch’s Sports Bar in Flint Township is back in business.
The bar is a labor of love for owner Roger Foutch, who was devastated to find his business in flames one day last summer.
“I got several phone calls saying it was a major fire. And I got here and it was like unreal for this to happen at the time. It was hard to imagine that . You don’t want to go through that,” Foutch said.
With the help of family, friends and other members of the community, Foutch didn’t hesitate to rebuild and make his sports bar even better.
From a redesigned bar, accommodating over 200 people, to a state-of-the-art kitchen area for the cooks, these upgrades are sure to help a lot.
Improvements not only for him, but also for his employees and many customers who have been more like family since the bar opened in the fall of 2009.
“We have some of the most loyal customers a business has ever had. They come. They gave my servers money. They gave my cooks money. They passed. Everything I can do. And then they’re all back now,” Foutch added.
This loyalty was demonstrated by the return of almost all of its former staff, as well as the addition of six new employees.
General Manager Lisa Montana has been with Foutch’s since the beginning.
“I’m so happy to be back. I feel like I’m back in my place. I’m back home. So that’s where all my clients come to see me. I love it working for Roger. He’s an amazing boss,” she said.
Foutch says he is very proud of the new air-conditioned kitchen which can maintain a temperature of around 70 degrees.
This will come in very handy during the summer months to keep its employees cool, even under pressure on a busy night.