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Burger restaurant chain opens next location

October 21, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern burger and fries
Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern locations don’t use freezers or microwaves and feature create-your-own burgers and local craft beer. Photo via fb.com

A chain of burger restaurants with local craft beer has opened its next location in the West Michigan market.

Diversified Restaurant Holdings said yesterday that it has opened a Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern in the Village at Knapp’s Crossing in Grand Rapids, at 2190 E. Beltline Ave. NE.

The 4,400-square-foot restaurant is the third Bagger Dave’s in Kent County and the 17th in Michigan.

The restaurant employs about 100 people.

Menu

The restaurant serves fresh natural beef, grilled chicken, ground turkey and veggie black-bean burgers and offers 19 free toppings and six premium toppings. Several signature burgers are also available.

The chain doesn't use freezers or microwaves.

Diners also can also order from a full bar, complete with beer, bourbon, signature drinks and adult shakes.

The chain

Diversified Restaurant Holdings is the holding company for Bagger Dave’s.

There are 25 company-owned Bagger Dave’s in Michigan and Indiana since being founded in 2008.

The company is also the largest Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee in the nation, with 62 locations in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Florida.

Village at Knapp’s Crossing

Anchored by a 50,000-square-foot D&W and a 6,000-square-foot P.F. Chang’s, the Village at Knapp’s Crossing was acquired in January by Bloomfield Hills-based Lormax Stern Development Co.

In May, ground broke to bring the development to a total of about 248,000 square feet, which includes the Bagger Dave’s location.

Also included in the build-out — which should be completed by 2018 — will be a BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Pieology Pizzeria and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.

Other retailers will be announced as they come.

The retail center will be home to 25 to 30 "high-end stores" and restaurants upon completion, according to Michael Ansley, president and CEO, Bagger Dave's.

“We think that location is just fabulous,” Lormax Stern co-owner Chris Brochert told the Business Journal in June. “It’s in a very high-growth area that’s far enough away from Centerpointe Mall. It’s a separate trade area in need of more retail to satisfy the consumers in that area.” 

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