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Sundance Grill & Bar moves to new downtown space

March 15, 2013
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Sundance Grill & Bar moves to new downtown space
Sundance Grill & Bar’s menu features southwestern infused American cuisine. Photo via fb.com

Grand Rapids’ Sundance Grill & Bar is moving to a new location.

After 13 years in the Trust Building, the popular family friendly restaurant, at 40 Pearl St. NW, is literally moving across the street to a larger venue in the Waters Building, at 151 Ottawa Ave. NW.

Jeff Lobdell, president of Restaurant Partners, plans to invest $400,000 to remodel the newly leased 8,300-square-foot space that formerly held The Ottawa Tavern.

He’s aiming for the new Sundance to offer more space, a full-service bar, expanded banquet facilities and outdoor seating, which has been a popular feature at his other restaurants.

“The Waters Building offers a better space overall, on the hard corner with better signage, patio seating, bigger space, increased pedestrian traffic, and we were at the end of our lease at the Trust Building,” said Kevin Farhat, vice president of Restaurant Partners. “We also believe that we are fulfilling our guests’ needs for a ‘GR8’ happy hour in the financial district.”

The Waters location will feature new furniture, equipment and fixtures, he said.

“We have partnered with Concept Design Group in Grand Rapids for the architectural and design scope and look forward to an enhanced Sundance with an inviting color scheme, decor package, TV sets, lighting package — all in a family friendly environment.”

Farhat said the new location should produce about 10 to 15 new jobs.

Sundance’s catering component has also “taken off,” he said, adding that he looks forward to building on that initiative.

Sundance will continue its normal routine at Pearl Street, while construction begins later this month on its new home. The new Sundance should be open and ready for business by June, Farhat said.


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As for who will take over the Pearl Street location, Farhat said there are no current bidders yet, and he hopes a retail store moves in.

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