Local Investors Renovating Grumpy Bill’s into New “Riverbend Pub”

A downtown Manchester bar is about to undergo some major changes.

Grumpy Bill’s has been sold to a group of local investors who plan to renovate the building into a new bar and restaurant called Riverbend Pub.

Mike Corcoran, who currently owns and operates Cooper’s Place in Ryan, says he has purchased the building along with Roger Zearly, Scott Lester, Ed Wulfekuhle and Mike and Mitch Peyton and their families. They’ll run the business along with Grumpy Bill’s son, J.W. Scott and his wife.

Corcoran says it’s a great business opportunity.

The vision for Riverbend Pub is a three-level bar and restaurant, with a possible deck overlooking the Whitewater Park.

They have requested the City close the alley so it can be turned into green space and allow space for a deck. The addition of a deck on the south side of the building, along with plans to add more windows, means that the veterans wall dedicated by Grumpy Bill last summer will have to be removed and reinstalled.

On Monday night, the Manchester City Council approved nearly 30-thousand dollars in Downtown Incentive grants for the new business, which will help as the group works on a complete overhaul of the building.

Corcoran says they’re hoping to have the new Riverbend Pub open by mid-to-late April.


(photo by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)