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Restaurateur serves downtown block parties

September 9, 2014
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Developer plans downtown bar and grill
Teazers Bar & Grille was a part of downtown Grand Rapids’ northwest side since 2001. Photo via

A bar and grill opening next month is planning to cook up weekly block parties downtown.

Grand Rapids Garage Bar & Grill, owned by Kevin Farhat, former vice president at Restaurant Partners, will soon fill the first-floor space of the former Teazers Bar & Grille in Grand Rapids, at 819 Ottawa Ave. NW.

The two-story building is owned by the Grand Rapids-based developer Third Coast Development.

Grand Rapids Garage Bar & Grille said today that the space is being renovated to create an “auto garage” theme, and it will host grand opening events in early October.

The restaurant will feature a “made-from-scratch” menu, including hand-cut “garage fries,” daily fresh ground hamburgers, soups, hand cut and hand-battered chicken strips and other American fare “all under $10.”

Farhat expects to hire about twenty crew members to operate the restaurant.

“The North Monroe business district has such an eclectic mix of buildings, mostly with an industrial bent, so we really wanted to create a theme that works with that foundation,” Farhat said. “This district not only allows for lots of free parking, but it also allows us to continue the tradition of closing down the street for weekly block parties.”

The restaurant said its block parties will feature garage band concerts, live DJs and competitions. It plans to close off Ottawa Avenue NW from Newberry Street NW to Mason Street NW.

“We are eager to begin with our nightly specials and look forward to the live entertainment and good times ahead,” Farhat said.

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