BIG RAPIDS — The owner of Star Shooter’s Bar & Restaurant is in the process of renovating several portions of his downtown establishment.
For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the renovations, it’s a completely different “story.”
Jerry Boman has been the owner of Shooter’s since 2004. The bar-restaurant features a dance floor for nighttime entertainment and is considered one of the hangout spots for Ferris State students.
There’s more than what meets the eye for those passing by the establishment on South Michigan Avenue.
Just outside Shooters’ main entrance — toward the north — is a locked door. Through that door is a single flight of about 20 stairs. At the top of the staircase, you will find two different paths to two different types of venues.
“I saw the area and said, ‘This needs to be fixed up, and if I don’t do it, nobody will, and this building will fall under because of disrepair,'” Boman said.
“Right before COVID hit, we had saved up a bunch of money and our plan was to either open a dispensary or use the space in another form with the bar,” he added.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic last March, Boman installed a brand new HVAC system in the portion of the building — which is divided into two rooms — closest to South Michigan Avenue.
However, once restrictions went into place a year ago, Boman “stopped everything.”
But since then, he’s been hard at work fixing a portion of the upstairs. He installed new bathrooms, laid new flooring, and put in new windows and ceiling tiling. Over the last two years, Boman said he’s put in close to $80,000 toward his projects.