December 14, 2023

Joe Kool's Bar & Grill set to open in Novi, welcoming sports fans and foodies

Cousins Wally and Dorayd Bacall stand behind the bar at Joe Kool's Bar & Grill, their newest business venture in Novi.SUSAN BROMLEY

NOVI — Joe Kool’s Bar & Grill opens this weekend at 43200 Crescent Blvd., welcoming sports fans with a more refined palate.

“We are an upper scale sports bar, not the typical,” owner Dorayd Bacall said. “We’re not your Irish pub, not fine dining, but we’re upper scale.”

The Novi location is the third Joe Kool’s for Bacall and his partners, Wael Sallan, cousin Samir Bacall and brother Dante Bacall, who plan to add five more Joe Kool’s in metro Detroit in the next five years. They remodeled the first Joe Kool’s in Troy in 2016 and in 2019 opened a Brighton location.

The sports bar uses high-quality beef for its burgers and steaks, they said, and the menu features an array of appetizers, salads and soups, seafood and pasta entrees, and desserts.

Joe Kool’s also serves more than 40 types of beer and high-end liquor and wines.

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Bacall says they spared no expense on remodeling the 7,200-square-foot facility, formerly a TGI Friday’s. The dining room seats 192, with three walls of windows, above which are mounted 28 75-inch televisions. Additionally, the facility has three large-screen televisions that are 13-by-10 feet.

“It’s football all day in here,” Bacall said.

In addition to football on TV, the sports bar features memorabilia throughout, including framed jerseys and photos throughout. Represented on the walls are not only the Detroit Lions, but also Red Wings greats (Gordie Howe), Pistons (Isaiah Thomas), Detroit Tigers (Al Kaline and Kirk Gibson), Michigan State basketball (Magic Johnson) and Michigan football (Tom Brady and Desmond Howard), along with many more.


A framed photo of former Detroit Lions star running back Barry Sanders is one of several sports memorabilia conversation pieces lining the walls of Joe Kool's Bar & Grill in Novi. The restaurant opens this weekend.SUSAN BROMLEY

Bacall is planning to invite athletes in to do autograph signings in the future. For now, he is looking forward to welcoming diners who he hopes will become long-term fans of Joe Kool’s.

“Come wine and dine and enjoy the games,” he said. “Our burgers are very, very good.”

Joe Kool’s Novi Bar & Grill is open from 11 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, although hours may expand later on weekends.

For more information, call 248-513-3201.

Contact Susan Bromley at or at 517-281-2412.

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