Grand New: The Commons Brings Retro Flair to Grand Rapids

When a restaurant looks like it could’ve been the backdrop for “That 70’s Show”,  you know you’re in for some fun! Located 547 Cherry St in the Oakwood apartment complex in Heritage Hill, The Commons is a restaurant and lounge that transports you back in time; with wood paneling and retro tv’s. The Commons definitely has a nostalgic feel that will have you curling up on the couch, pulling up that tv tray, and sipping on throwback beverages. 

Sign by Metro Sign Company and The Neon Connection

Owner, Beth Rich, wanted to create a casual space where you could “come as you are” and enjoy a delicious meal. Beth got her start in the industry in Santa Monica with a restaurant under the same name, The Commons. She knew it was time to make the transition back to the area and introduce a themed restaurant to the GR foodie scene. We’re glad she did!

Inside The Commons, you’re met with the restaurant’s name in lights and glasses, on the tables, that today, we only see in the vintage isles of Goodwill. Beth collected these pieces throughout the past couple of years to create a look that was reminiscent of the 60’s/70’s. 

The menu, full of soon-to-be favorites, includes the Double Cheese Burger (freshly ground in-house, bread and butter pickles, grilled onions, American cheese, roasted garlic aioli, on a Nantucket Brioche), Street Corn Mac N Cheese (Elote corn, jalapeno, cilantro, queso fresco, buttered bread crumbs), and “pan roasted” Half Chicken. Need a vegetarian option? Try the Cauliflower “fried rice” or Roasted Beet Salad. There are gluten-free and vegan option as well. (See menu image below)

And yes, they really do have tv trays to enjoy your authentic 70’s dining experience!

The deliciousness doesn’t end with the small plates and handhelds. You can find throwback cocktails, tailored to our modern day taste buds, like the Harvey Headbanger, Old Fashion, and Pink Mistress (Gin, Apple Brandy, raspberry liqueur, lemon, and egg yolk).

The Commons is excited to be running their business in this historical building and getting us up off the couch to turn those television knobs – not really but could you imagine (haha!). The restaurant includes courtyard seating and onsite and offsite parking options. Other businesses in the building include The Barre Code and Symposia.  

Make sure to follow The Commons Grand Rapids on Facebook for updates.

***Photos by GRNow

*** Photos below by Julie Simmons on The Commons behalf