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Diablo's Closes; One-Eyed Betty's Will Feature Craft Beers

Slow business at Ferndale location leads owner to consider new concepts; One-Eyed Betty's will open soon, specializing in craft beer.

closed its doors Jan. 1, but there’s a new gal in town who should be making an appearance in the near future – One-Eyed Betty.

That is, One-Eyed Betty’s Beer Bar and Kitchen, which will be opening up in place of the Ferndale location of Cantina Diablo’s at 175 W. Troy.

Longtime Ferndale resident Beth Hussey has worked for many years as director of operations for the chain owned by Brian Kramer that includes Diablo’s in Ferndale, Cantina Diablo’s in Royal Oak, and in Ferndale and Chesterfield.

When business started slowing down at the Ferndale Diablo’s after the opening of the Royal Oak location last year, Hussey had the chance to pitch her longtime dream of opening a craft beer bar in Ferndale. One-Eyed Betty's is loosely named after her – at least in that her name is Beth.

“Really there's no story behind it at all, we just kind of liked the ring of it,” Hussey laughed. She and Kramer are acting as co-owners/partners in the new venture and Hussey said she will serve as owner-operator in the bar.

New bar to feature craft beer

The new establishment - which Hussey said they hope to have ready by the end of the month, pending any construction issues - will specialize in craft beers, with 44 craft beers on draft including local Michigan craft beer. A “respectable whiskey collection” and a “great bloody mary” will also be featured.

“It’s really the right demographic for beer enthusiasts,” says Hussey, who has lived in Ferndale for 15 years. “The craft beer segment of the market is just growing but it's been growing immensely over time. I think there's a ton of potential for it.”

On the menu will be classic beer pairings like oysters and stout or bratwurst and German beer, with staples like a great BLT and onion rings.

“It's all food that's either cooked with beer or sort of classically pairs with beer,” she said.

DDA director says re-concepting can be good idea

Cristina Sheppard-Decius, director of the , said it’s a smart business move to listen to the people and consider a different market if it’s needed.

“I think the best thing that you can do as a business owner is what they’re doing, listening to what people are saying,” she said. “Maybe a new concept and looking at a different market might be a good route for them.”

Sheppard said the owners have talked about a more open floor plan inside but she doesn’t know what the exterior will look like yet.

“I’m kind of interested to see what the final architecture design is going to be,” she said.

The hours will be 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Fri., and 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sat.-Sun, Hussey said.

G-Money January 11, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Is One-eyed Betty also in reference to Mrs Potato Head from Toy Story 3?
diane koprince January 12, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Well I never liked the Diablos concept anyway. if I want to have dinner in front of the TV I'll just stay home. I agree with the comment about needing a GOOD mexican resteraunt. If we had one I'd eat there frequestly. I love mexican & Tex-mex style food. Good luck to One-Eyed Betty's.
FerndaleFan January 23, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Knowing that local residence are investing in this new business gives more reason to wish them much success and support. Thank you Beth and Brian for continuing to have faith in Ferndale.
ferndale equal opp February 03, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Faith in ferndale? Brian Kramer was just raided for selling COCAINE! ya faith in Ferndale..... jyst the kind of stand up Guy we want owning businesses in our neighborhoods...... give me a break!
Tim Bencsik February 03, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I just love it! Too funny... How do you think many of these guys launder their money, or even get started in business.?.?. You think they get their capital from being lucky or smart all the time! I have seen plenty who start these businesses up, and have worked in the industry never paying taxes from bar tending tips and the likes; only to set up a business and become a pillar of the community?..?. With the Mayors using such public platforms for re election? Just look the other way!!! That is what people do, and complain about how unfair it is for them, while sitting at home collecting a government check.?. Do you think he is the only one? That is a rhetorical question for the less perceptive! NOOOOO.....

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