The Paisley Pig Gastropub announced this week that it has purchased the Black Sheep Baa & Grill at 1642 S. Shore Drive.
“We’re currently working on our deal with Black Sheep,” Paisley Pig co-owner and chef Josh Sandberg said. “We’re hoping to have that completed and transform to The Paisley Pig in 45-60 days, just before the summer months start.”
According to Sandberg, the search for expansion began months ago.
“We’ve been playing around with the idea,” he said. “We have quite a nice following in Holland, so that started us looking there. And then, when we found this opportunity, we thought it was far enough south that it wouldn’t hurt our business in Grand Haven and might draw some new people.”
The Paisley Pig was opened by Sandberg and his wife, Katie, in 2017. Its menu is mainly American, with a Southern influence.
“The restaurant is heavily influenced by Michigan,” Sandberg said. “Everything we can purchase from here, we do. Our pork is from the area. Our deli meat comes from Traverse City. Our burgers, steaks and produce are all from local farms. That’s a big part of who we are.”
There are still a few details that need to be settled before renovation of the Holland location can begin.
“We’re waiting on the liquor license to get transferred,” Sandberg said. “We’ve also applied for our food license. We’re hoping we may get approved in the next 30 days — then we can take it over and do the remodel.”
Sandberg said he would like to keep the location open as The Black Sheep during the transformation.
“The restaurant is only open at night,” he said. “So, we can remodel during the day and stay open at night. We’re hoping to retain as many of their current employees as possible. We don’t want to lose them or their customer base.”
Black Sheep opened in 2015 in the former location of the Parkway Inn, which had been owned and operated for 20 years by Curt Fuglseth, owner of the James Street Inn.
The restaurant was purchased by Itty Bitty Bar owner Michael Barber, who breathed new life into the family-style restaurant with a complete remodel of the existing structure.
“It’s been a great business,” Fuglseth told The Holland Sentinel in 2015. “It’s been great clientele here. I just decided that two restaurants was too much. I will be focused on my north-town restaurant.”
Now, The Paisley Pig will try its hand at the popular space.
“We’re super excited,” Sandberg said.