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Press Release – GR Restaurant Week Begins Today

November 4, 2010

Sorry for yet another Grand Rapids post, but this one is really cool.  Restaurant week begins today and features some of G.R.’s best restaurants.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Kicks off with Fifty-Three Restaurants Participating in the November 4 – 13 Inaugural Event

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (November 3, 2010) – Experience Grand Rapids (formerly known as the Grand Rapids / Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau) will launch the first Restaurant Week Grand Rapid on November 4 – 13, 2010. In a city where food creativity and excitement about fresh farm-to-table cooking is growing rapidly, fifty-three of its finest restaurants will participate in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids is known for its charm, walk ability and art. During Restaurant Week Grand Rapids the city’s finest restaurants will be the center of attention in this cosmopolitan setting 30 miles from the Lake Michigan shore.

According to Doug Small, President of Experience Grand Rapids, “We are excited that over 50 unique restaurants will be participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids. As a first time event the community and outside visitors will have ten days to experience some of the wonderful restaurants in our city for a very good value. This will be a unique opportunity to sample the fare at some of the finest Grand Rapids area restaurant at a bargain price.”

Participating restaurants will offer a 3-courses or more dinner menu for a fixed price of $20.10 in addition to their regular menu. The creative Restaurant Week menus to be offered at each of the restaurants are available for viewing at Reservations are recommended.

The 53 Restaurants Participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids include:

  • 25 Kitchen + Bar
  • Aryana Restaurant & Bar – Crowne Plaza
  • Bar Divani
  • Bentham’s Riverfront Restaurant
  • Bistro Bella Vita
  • Blue Water Grill
  • Bobarino’s
  • Gilly’s
  • Jbar
  • Monkey Bar
  • Bostwick Lake Inn
  • Brann’s on Leonard Street
  • Corez Wine Bar
  • Cygnus 27
  • Derby Station
  • Dugan’s Pub and Grille
  • Flat River Grill
  • Fire Rock Grille
  • Grand Woods Lounge
  • Graydon’s Crossing
  • The Green Well
  • Heritage Restaurant – Secchia Culinary Institute
  • Honey Creek Inn
  • HopCat
  • Louis Benton Steakhouse
  • Mangiamo!
  • Marco New American Bistro
  • Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar and Restaurant
  • Noto’s
  • One Trick Pony
  • Osta’s Lebanese Cuisine
  • Ottawa Tavern
  • Peppino’s Downtown Grille and Pizzeria
  • Radisson Hotel Grand Rapids Riverfront
  • Red Jet Cafe
  • Reds on the River
  • Republic
  • Rockwell’s Kitchen & Tap
  • Rose’s on Reeds Lake
  • Rush Creek Bistro
  • San Chez
  • Spinnaker Restaurant
  • Stella’s Lounge
  • Sundance Grill
  • Tavern on the Square
  • The 1913 Room
  • The Acorn Grille at Thousand Oaks
  • The Grille at Watermark
  • The Melting Pot
  • Tre Cugini
  • The Viceroy
  • Z’s Restaurant & Bar


Each restaurant will donate $1 from each 3-course Restaurant Week Grand Rapids meal purchased to create a scholarship for Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students at Grand Rapids Community College.

The idea for Restaurant Week began in larger cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Grand Rapids, which has nearly 1 million residents, decided to launch Restaurant Week Grand Rapids to highlight great restaurants in this city, which has one of the top 20 culinary schools in the nation.  According to Doug Small, “The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education produces some great talent that stays in the community. Combine that with the fact that Grand Rapids is just 30 minutes from the Lake Michigan shore and includes a cosmopolitan environment within a “not too big, not too small” geographic area.  It’s a compelling mix.”


Many younger residents have chosen Grand Rapids over bigger cities to the east and south – Detroit and Chicago – due to its unique quality of life offering, including an innovative art culture and numerous culinary opportunities.

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