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Restaurateurs opening sports bar on 28th Street

November 15, 2016
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The Blue Moose partial rendering
A partial rendering of The Blue Moose sports bar on 28th Street SE. Courtesy Colliers West Michigan

Sports fans will soon have another place to watch their favorite teams compete.

The former Cascade Sports Bar & Grill space in Grand Rapids, at 6250 28th St. SE, in the Cascade Center plaza will house The Blue Moose sports bar, according to Colliers West Michigan today.

The new establishment should open some time this winter.

The Blue Moose owners Robert Aldridge and Jason Starr signed a lease for the 6,734-square-foot space.

The Blue Moose will accommodate up to 175 customers and feature a menu with food “as local as we can make it,” Aldridge said.

“Fresh and local product is our first priority,” he said. 

The owners plan to make significant renovations to the space, including adding garage doors as part of a new facade, renovating the kitchen and replacing the bar.

There also will be games such as darts, shuffleboard and keno.

This will be Aldridge’s second restaurant in the area. He also owns The Ada Pour House in Ada.

Aldridge said he and Starr decided to open The Blue Moose to bring something “unique and special” to the area.

He said his wife previously worked at Cascade Sports Bar & Grill, and they’ve always “loved the space.”

“There aren’t many locally owned restaurants or sports bars in this area, and we’re excited that we can now give people that option,” Starr said.

The Blue Moose expects to employ up to 25 people.

Cascade Center

The Blue Moose joins Emonae Korean BBQ, Painting with a Twist, Subway and several other businesses at Cascade Center.

Colliers West Michigan represented the restaurant's owners and the property owner in the deal.

The firm said retail brokers Mark Ansara and Chris Prins have worked closely with Great Lakes Capital, the South Bend-based owner of the property, and Bradley Company to help re-position Cascade Center to attract retailers.

Ansara said he anticipates the remaining spaces at Cascade Center will “fill up quickly as activity increases.”

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