About Us


Nestled in the heart of Monroe, Michigan, Northside's story begins in 1960 as a small bar then known as Tom's Bar. Shortly after, William Calkins became the new owner and the bar's name was soon changed to Willy's Lounge. The Lounge quickly became known for their delicious gourmet burgers and cold beers. Today, Northside Bar & Grill's current owners, John and Jane Imo, have not strayed away from good burgers and good beers! The Imo’s are proud of their history deeply rooted in the community. John began his career at the young age of 7 bagging groceries and serving the customers in his community down the street at Imo’s Market. Since 1997 he and his father, John Sr., co- owned and operated Grafton Inn Restaurant and Grafton Hall Banquet Center until early 2011. John and his staff look forward to continuing the tradition of operating the restaurant with integrity and respect. So, whether you stop in for a cold beer or come have a meal with friends, it is our sincere hope to always bring you and your friends a welcoming and warm atmosphere. With an emphasis on great food and friendly customer service, in addition to 28 beers on tap, you will never leave disappointed when you stop and visit us at Northside Bar and Grill.