An old school bar and music lounge from Cass Corridor is getting a revival in its original location this year. Signs advertising positions for Cobb’s Corner were recently posted to the windows of the former Spiral Collective space at the corner of Cass Avenue and Willis Street.
Robert Cobb, who owns the building and the Willis Gallery, opened the original Cobb’s Corner bar in 1970 serving as a casual spot for a drink and a hangout for bikers. Cobb eventually sold the business in 1979 to brothers Henry and Howard Normile. Under Henry Normile’s stewardship, it was transformed it into what some described as an up-and-coming destination for jazz music in the city. Sadly, Normile was shot and killed a year later on the foyer of his apartment next door to the bar in what might have been a drug-related incident, according to obituaries, and the bar lost its momentum. Cobb’s Corner closed within a few years of the incident and has since been home to a revolving set of retailers.
Robert Cobb confirms to Crain’s that he now plans to reopen the bar in the spirit of the original with affordable drinks, bar food, and live music. The bar is expected to seat roughly 70 patrons. According to records from the state liquor licensing commission, Cobb began applying for a liquor licensing transfer in 2016. The bar is anticipated to open sometime in November.
• Bar to Open Where ‘70s Cass Corridor Jazz Spot Once Stood [Crain’s]
• Cornerspotted: Spiral Collective, Corner of Cass and Willis [CDET]
• Henry Normile Obituaries [Corridor Tribe]
• All Bars Coverage [ED]
• All Coming Attractions Coverage [ED]