December 14, 2022
A longtime bar and grill near Empire Mall is moving to the northwest side of town.
BB’s Pub N Grill’s final day at 3400 W. 49th St. will be December 31, said Ethan Harvey, one of the managers and grandson of owner Dave Birger.
It will reopen in mid- to late-January in a commercial space on the first floor of an apartment building in University Hills Village on Marion Road.
It will be a temporary home until a new building is built nearby. The final home on 5400 W. University Trail, just north of the apartment complex, will be 10,000 square feet and will include a liquor store.
“By the spring of 2024, we should have the new building completed and operational,” says Harvey. “Its construction will begin in a few months.”
5520 W. Success St., Suite 100, Temporary home of BB’s, BB’s is getting a new name: Credo’s Pub. Years after his grandfather bought the bar, Harvey said, when he wanted to rename the bar, then called Natty’s His Pub, it was a statement of belief that would guide someone’s actions. “Credo” was in dispute.
BB’s has a six-page menu, but Harvey says it’s best known for burgers, pizza and roast chicken.
The menu has been scaled back for the temporary home, “pushing pizza and roast chicken out there.”
Until recently, the 49th Street bar, which Harvey considers a “hidden gem,” had 56 tap lines, and Credo’s continues that legacy with 36 draft beers. We will continue to offer a mix of domestic beers and local and regional craft beers and will also offer a full liquor license. BB’s is also known for his Fogies Beer School, which showcases a different brew each week. They will probably reopen in Credos in a few months, Harvey said.
And Harvey said Credo’s Pub will be around for at least three years after the new BB opens. A full liquor license will be transferred to the new home.
The new 10,000-square-foot building has space for more than 250 customers, he said. The maximum capacity of the current space is he 180 people. Harvey called the new patio “major,” and he said it likely has space for 50 people.
The liquor store has its own entrance and is accessed through the bar.
On the final day, BB’s will have to say goodbye to customers before the new year begins, Harvey said. The liquor license for the place expires that day, so the final call will be well before midnight.