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Press Release – Radix Tavern Opens in Grand Rapids

August 1, 2012

From a Radix Tavern press release….

Radix Tavern’s “New South” is Very West Michigan


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July, 30 2012—Stop by Radix Tavern (1420 Lake Drive) for dinner August 3rd and 4th to enjoy some free honey and jalapeno cornbread to celebrate the restaurant’s grand opening. The restaurant is open for dinner 4-10pm.

The restaurant quietly opened last week with a menu featuring what Executive Chef Jayson Leek describes as “new southern” cuisine. Innovative takes on slow-cooked classics such as spare ribs and mac’n’cheese are offered alongside smaller plates like the fried green tomatoes and Louisiana mussels.

Still, Radix Tavern seems very West Michigan.

Over twenty local farms and vendors provide a majority of the menu’s fresh ingredients. The Founder’s Ale chicken chili is only one example of how the chef highlights what he calls the “incredibly tasty” West Michigan community. The full bar currently includes fifteen Michigan beers on tap along with a sizeable list of other microbrews in bottles.

Radix Tavern partnered with the community to design, decorate, and advertise the new restaurant. Working with faculty from Grand Valley State University, restaurant staff decided to turn the newly renovated site of the old Queen’s Pub into a working art gallery which now features work from six local artists, many of whom are students and alumni from GVSU and Kendall College.

Radix Tavern’s manager explains that the rotating exhibit is “designed to give back to the community” as all pieces displayed are available for sale and artists are invited to share and sell their work free of charge.

Diners can also enjoy a unique and delightful mural designed and painted by Kendall College professor of drawing, Gypsy Schindler.

Area students also shared in the experience of opening a new restaurant when owner Balwinder Bal chose to include a robust internship program as part of his plan. Grand Valley students from photography, advertising & public relations, computer & information systems, and communications, have all helped to create and market the new restaurant.

To read more about the restaurant and the Chef’s grand opening specials, find Radix Tavern on Facebook ( and online at

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