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Downtown restaurant and bar closes to public

August 15, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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The Waldron Public House fish and chips
The Waldron Public House menu features fish and chips. Photo via

A restaurant and bar downtown is closing to the public and shifting its focus to only hosting private events.

The Waldron Public House in Grand Rapids, at 58 Ionia Ave. SW, is altering its business plan moving forward and will no longer be open to the public as a restaurant and bar, according to a Facebook post last week.

The switch to only hosting private events comes about six months after its parent company, BarFly Ventures, renovated and re-imagined the former McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon space into The Waldron Public House.

“We took a look at our business and saw huge growth potential in our events business, so we decided to spend all of our time and resources to make this downtown’s best place for private parties and special events,” the post says.

The facility can host groups of between 30 to 300 people, with customized services and menus.

The space is divided into three sections: the main floor Waldron Pub, second floor Barnett’s Lounge and third floor Pearl Room.

The Waldron Public House will continue to host BarFly Venture’s annual Irish on Ionia event.


BarFly Ventures is the parent company of The Waldron Public House, Grand Rapids Brewing Co., Stella’s Lounge and the HopCat bar chain.

The Grand Rapids HopCat was the company’s first concept and is in the midst of an expansion into the Midwest, including locations in East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis, Madison, Wisconsin, Lincoln, Nebraska and Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky. 

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