Three new Michigan-based pubs joining Bridge Street on the West Side


The West Side of Grand Rapids continues to boom, particularly Bridge Street, and it’s set to become one of the biggest foodie and beverage-loving destinations in Michigan.

Greg Lobdell, owner of North Peak Brewing Company of Traverse City, has filed applications with the city of Grand Rapids for a new restaurant called North on the first floor and a bar called Mash in the lower level of a new five-story building proposed at the former Red Lion restaurant site. Mash currently operates in Ann Arbor and calls itself a “bourbon, whiskey and beer bar” with live entertainment. No word yet as to the offerings at the new “North” restaurant but the assumption is that it will feature North Peak’s much acclaimed craft beers and food.

Initial plans show a roughly 6000 – 8000 square foot restaurant with a 4 season room and patio on the backside, a staircase leading to Mash, and an apartment lobby for the upstairs residential units.


Current Red Lion site on Bridge Street


These two join Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, which we had broken the news to you back in January of their plans to build on the Red Lion site. They have now moved across the street and recently begun renovating the now-closed Black Heron restaurant at the corner of Summer and Bridge.

New Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales going in at Summer Ave and Bridge St


Along with the new Bridge Street Market being opened by Meijer and Rockford Construction, Bridge Street is trying to once again regain the crown of “West Side – Best Side” as the hippest growing neighborhood in Grand Rapids.

The new development at Seward and Bridge that will contain the new Meijer – Bridge Street Market, photo by Christopher Roe of Books and Mortar


A recent study out showed that craft brewing has grown to a $10.5 Billion industry in Michigan and employs over 34,000 workers.

Grand Rapids’ explosion in craft brewing and its self-proclaimed Beer City USA title has garnered attention state-wide (and nationwide), recently drawing new satellite locations for Atwater Brewing of Detroit and New Holland Brewing Company of Holland.

We’re hearing other exciting news may be coming to Bridge Street in the near future, so stay tuned to GRNow to get the scoop!

 Jeff Hill is a contributor to GRNow and a development and economics junkie who likes to keep his finger on the pulse of what’s next for Grand Rapids. You can email him feedback or insider story ideas to