BUTCHER'S UNION
Grand Rapids, MI

ARCHITECT
Concept Design

BLUE SMOKE
East Jordan, MI

ARCHITECT
Via Design

NEW HOTEL MERTENS
Grand Rapids, MI

ARCHITECT
Concept Design

ANDO ASIAN KITCHEN + BAR
Grand Rapids, MI

ARCHITECT
FTC&H

AN APPETITE FOR CRAFTSMANSHIP

This year, Rockford’s trades team worked with several restaurateurs to craft spaces that showcase each restaurant’s unique cocktails and cuisine. New Hotel Mertens, located in downtown Grand Rapids, is a 125-seat “traditional brasserie” or casual French restaurant. The restaurant pays homage to the building’s use as a hotel more than 100 years ago. “We’re excited to have a restaurant that will honor the building’s history while creating a beautiful place to gather,” says Mike Mraz, Rockford’s Managing Partner of Real Estate Development.

Nearby on the City’s West Side, Ando Asian Kitchen + Bar and Butcher’s Union are both seeing success in their first year of operation. Ando Asian Kitchen + Bar offers Vietnamese and Korean cuisine in a 120-seat space on the ground floor of Barley Flats Apartments. With an atmosphere that mimics the menu options – striking, delightful, and alluring – Ando is a must-visit destination. 

 

Butcher’s Union is less than one block away, located in a former nightclub on Bridge Street. Large, bi-folding doors connect street-side seating to a rich interior and outdoor courtyard, which Rockford created by removing a section of the roof. Much of the restaurant features reclaimed materials, including the prominent tin ceiling, exposed brick walls and uncovered hardwood floors, which were refinished and stained in a checkerboard pattern to create a truly unique look.

Located further north in East Jordan, MI, Blue Smoke is a “true smokehouse-style southern BBQ” restaurant that boasts fresh and locally-sourced comfort food cooked over a live fire. The restaurant’s southern-inspired fare and house-butchered meats are served over custom countertops supplied by First Cut Millwork. The space also blends upscale granite elements with relaxed barn wood accents to create a warm, welcome mood. 

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