It may look a little different at N. Union & Second Street in Byron, but change isn't always bad.

Back in early April, one of the most beloved dive bars outside of Rockford served its last round of beer and shots. Many longtime regulars of Century Tap celebrated its lengthy history and memories with drinks, tears, and smiles.

For me, Century Tap was the first bar in Byron where I felt welcomed. Not to say the other establishments were unwelcoming, that isn't the case at all. But, there was something unique about Century. The little dive bar had its own charm. Maybe it was the people? Maybe it was the look on the inside? Whatever it was, Century Tap earned its special places in many folks hearts, including mine.

Though I was sad to learn The Tap's sweet owners, Ann and Stacey would be selling the bar, I was relieved to know it would be transitioning into good hands.

Matt and Jamie Pendergrass, who own a few other bars, including Aero Ale House (Rockford) and The Cave in Byron, would become the new owners of a downtown Byron staple. Not without changes, though. (As I said earlier, change isn't always a bad thing.)

Byron residents can confirm that, based on continuous construction, there will be a new look inside the old Century and a new name will follow suit.

One thing that will remain the same, the disco ball. (If you know, you know.)

The news was shared on Facebook.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes.
Change is coming and we are so excited to share the news with all the loyal customers and new faces! Century Tap will undergo some re-branding and will now be known as... Bub's Byron!

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JB Love is ½ of  Q98.5's Lil Zim & JB In The Morning, weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram.

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