As Grand Rapids continues to grow, new businesses are opening throughout the area. Among these will be a new gastropub, The Friesian. This restaurant, complete with patio and rooftop bar, is set to be built at the site of the ‘Lord’s Chapel’ (720 Michigan Street), a building in the Miracle Mile that has been standing vacant for some time. Find out more about this new development and what you can expect once The Friesian opens its doors.
The Friesian is the vision of local restaurant industry veteran Craig Jones. Jones, along with co-owners Zan Lamkin and Phil Reinstra, aim to create a neighborhood vibe with their new venture, providing quality comfort food along with a large selection of beers, liquor, wine coffee, and tea. The gastropub will fill a void in the neighborhood which is very much in need of a comfy rooftop spot to grab a drink and great food.
The 2800 foot, one-story building is currently undergoing renovations. The goal is to create an indoor, 88 capacity dining room, a 20 person patio behind the building and a 50 person rooftop deck. The restaurant will also feature personalized touches like a handmade wood and steel bar which will be the centerpiece of the first-floor dining room.
Although the name of the pub, (Friesian referring to a Dutch horse breed), is a nod to the area’s rich Dutch heritage, the food will be globally inspired.
Though the menu may feature one or two Dutch items, Jones states that “It will not stray too far from what you’d expect in a neighborhood gastropub.” The fare can best be described as comfort food with an eclectic twist.
Tentative hours for the pub will be a seven day a week schedule including brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Plans are to have the pub open from 11 AM to 11 PM Monday through Thursday, 10 AM to midnight Friday and Saturday and 10 AM to 11 PM on Sundays.
The Friesian is scheduled to open later this year. In the meantime, you can learn more about this development by visiting their website and keeping up with The Friesian Facebook page. It will be exciting to see what this new business brings to the neighborhood as it continues to grow.