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A chain restaurant and craft beer bar has plans to set up shop in the West Haymarket.

HopCat announced Wednesday that it will take an 8,500-square-foot space on the first floor of the Olsson Associates headquarters building at 601 P St.

The Lincoln location, which will open in the winter of 2016, will be the eighth for Grand Rapids, Michigan-based HopCat.

The restaurant and bar will feature 130 craft beer taps, which HopCat says will be the largest draft system in the state, and a scratch kitchen specializing in homemade “food your mom would make if she loved craft beer,” including its "Crack Fries," recently named among the Top 10 French Fries in the nation by Food Network Magazine.

“Nebraska’s craft beer and brewing scene is taking off, so when the opportunity to open HopCat near Pinnacle Bank Arena and historic Lincoln Station arose, I knew it would be a great fit,” Mark Sellers, founder of HopCat, said in a news release.

Sellers said he will work with local craft brewers to get their offerings on tap and also will serve craft beers from around the nation and world. HopCat also offers a selection of Belgian and specialty bottled beers along with a full bar and wine selections. 

He does not serve beers made by Miller, Coors or Budweiser.

HopCat will be the first tenant for the building, which Olsson Associates opened in August 2014.

“We are thrilled to have a new restaurant and bar concept with a proven track record come to Lincoln and locate in our building,” said Jennifer Brinkman, director of communications for Tetrad Property Group, which manages the Olsson Associates building.

HopCat said it is working on hiring its management team for the restaurant and will hire for hourly positions after the first of the year. It expects to employ up to 130 people.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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