Gourmet slider and craft beer bar opens in downtown Farmington

It’s official. Downtown Farmington’s newest bar and restaurant is open to the public.

Sidecar Slider Bar opened its doors Wednesday, Jan. 16, delivering its unique take on gourmet sliders, hot dogs, hand-crafted cocktails, and more. The bar features 18 taps of craft beers, and many of them from Michigan.

Fans of the original Birmingham location will take comfort in the menu, as it shares the same items--though the Farmington location will feature different daily specials.

Scott Pelc, who has been in the restaurant industry since the late 1990s, independently owns and operates the Farmington franchise, the company’s second.

When searching for the right location, Pelc found himself downtown and it hit him.

"I was driving down Grand River one day and it was like the sun broke through the clouds, even though it was night time. It’s a great location. We’re under the clock tower with a giant parking lot," Pelc says. "Downtown Farmington is super-walkable. It’s nice and cozy.

"Farmington loves their downtown, they’re proud of it and protective of it. People really celebrate it here."

The Sidecar menu features a unique brand of sliders offered on an a la carte basis, allowing customers to mix and match the different varieties. There’s a traditional beef slider, but also sliders that feature turkey, pulled pork, salmon, and much more. The gourmet hot dogs, Pelc says, are among the most popular items.

Sidecar is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week. One difference between the Farmington and Birmingham locations is that Farmington’s kitchen will stay open until closing time.

The 3,000 sq. ft. bar aims for a throwback sports bar vibe, featuring a black and white tile floor and reclaimed wood walls.

"The concept is a smaller footprint. The giant 300 seat restaurants are starting to die off," Pelc says.

"Millenials want variety."

Sidecar Slider Bar is located at 32720 Grand River Ave. in downtown Farmington.

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MJ Galbraith is a writer and musician living in Detroit. Follow him on Twitter @mikegalbraith.
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