DELTA TWP. – Reno’s West operated for more then 30 years on West Saginaw Highway before it closed in August.
By the end of the year, its former location will become OneNorth Kitchen & Bar, a sports-themed restaurant.
Jessie Stipcak, who owned Reno’s West, sold the 10,000-square-foot building to OneNorth’s owner Scott Berman in early August, she said.
OneNorth Kitchen & Bar will open in the former Reno’s West location at 5001 W Saginaw Hwy., which closed in early August, later this year. (Photo: Rachel Greco/Lansing State Journal)
Stipcak owns and operates Reno’s North in Lansing and Reno’s East in East Lansing and has no plans to close either, she said.
The COVID-19 pandemic played a part in her decision to close Reno’s West, which opened in the late 1980s. She bought it in 2006, Stipcak said, and had been thinking about closing the bar “for a while.”
“The restaurant business definitely takes a lot to operate,” she said. “We’re family owned, and I just wanted to donate more time to family and the other two locations.”
Berman said the building’s location at 5001 W. Saginaw Hwy. makes it the ideal location for OneNorth Kitchen & Bar’s second location. He’s an operating partner at the first location in Jackson, which opened in 2018.
“It’s a high traffic area, Berman said.
He described the restaurant as “a casual sports-themed restaurant that features a scratch kitchen.” Menu items include burgers, pizza, fish and chips and salmon, along with craft beer and other drinks.
The West Saginaw Highway building is being renovated, Berman said. Work will include indoor and outdoor upgrades, such as new paint, flooring, patio furniture, games and a firepit.
OneNorth will make use of the building’s existing two bars and outdoor patio but the restaurant will look and feel different when it opens, said Jason Martinez, the restaurant’s general manager.
“We’ve been working on it for a few months,” he said. “You definitely won’t recognize it. It’s going to look totally different. Essentially, we want to be the first thing that you think of when you say, ‘Hey, what should we do tonight?’”
“We appreciate the history and tradition at Reno’s West,” Berman said.
OneNorth will place an emphasis on food, he said. It will have fewer big screens than Reno’s West, he said, cutting down the number of televisions in the building from approximately 80 to 30 or 40, but it will still be an eatery that welcomes sports fans.
“We have guests that will come here, like they do in Jackson, because we have great food, and we will probably have people who will come in to have a Michigan craft beer and hangout and watch a game,” he said.
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Customers can expect regular live entertainment, Berman said, and the use of heated outdoor “igloos” on the restaurant property.
Stipcak said Berman has promising plans for the property.
“They’re great people, great operators,” she said. “They had good ideas for the location.”
Berman hopes to open OneNorth Kitchen & Bar in November, with a staff of 60 to 80 people. About 15 employees have already been hired.
Those interested in applying can view a list of openings at www.onenorthdining.com .
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