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Restaurant group casts re-design

February 26, 2014
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Restaurant group casts re-design
Watermark Grille in Grand Rapids features fresh seafood “flown in daily from around the world.” Courtesy Watermark Grille

A seafood restaurant is getting a makeover.

The RedWater Restaurant Group said this week that Watermark Grille in Grand Rapids will soon be renovated with an open-design bar and restaurant, an upscale wine room, a banquet facility and a new menu under the direction of Chef Glenn Forgie.

Forgie serves as executive chef at RedWater’s Rockford restaurant, Reds on the River, and was named Best Chef of 2011 by Grand Rapids Magazine.

RedWater Restaurant Group plans to re-name the Watermark Grille and re-use the space, at 1600 Galbraith Ave. SE, transforming it entirely.

Renovations are underway and expected to be completed in time for Mother’s Day this spring.

New space

The 100-seat restaurant and lounge will feature a central stone fireplace and indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a an expanded covered patio space, with fire pits.

The 48-seat wine room — with wine selections lining the interior walls — will serve “prime steaks, freshly flown-in seafood and one of the largest wine lists in West Michigan.”

The space will also include a banquet facility, which will double the size of the Watermark’s current space, offering seats for about 400. The facility will include dividers to create four meeting rooms for smaller parties.


Jeff Visser, owner of J Visser Design, and Thomas Tooley, of Concept Design, will be designing the space.

Visser said the renovated restaurant will be open and flowing and maintain a comfortable feel with “warm, inviting colors and wood features.” 

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