Grand Rapids Brewing Company gets new home | News
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Grand Rapids Brewing Company now has an official downtown location.
BarFly Ventures Thursday morning announced that the Grand Rapids Brewing Company will anchor the ground floor of 1 and 7 Ionia Ave. SW in the Arena District of downtown Grand Rapids.
BarFly also owns HopCat, Stella's Lounge, The Viceroy, and McFadden's. BarFly purchased the assets of the Grand Rapids Brewing Company that closed on 28th Street last year.
The brewpub will be open seven days for lunch and dinner, employing 60 people in a variety of jobs ranging from managers and brewmasters to servers and bartenders. The new GRBC will offer a unique food menu, 8-10 of its own house-made beers, and soft drinks. A selection of liquor, wine, and hard cider will also be available.
Mark Sellers, of BarFly, said the hope is to "have it be kind of a community gathering place at the entrance to the heartside/entertainment district."
"This location is the corner of 'Main and Main' of the city's entertainment district, and I couldn't be more excited about locating GRBC here," said Sellers. "We are excited to create another unique, locally owned anchor to what we think is becoming one of the most interesting entertainment districts in the Midwest."
The brewpub will be part of the $7.5 million 616 Lofts on Ionia mixed-use project announced last week. That project will put 26 market-rate apartments on the upper three floors of the buildings and offices on the second floor.