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Group plans tiki restaurant and bar downtown

September 18, 2014
| By Pat Evans |
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Group plans tiki restaurant and bar downtown
A tiki bar decoration welcomes guests to a private bar. Photo via

A bar group is planning to open a tiki-themed barbecue restaurant and bar downtown.

BarFly Ventures said today that it plans to open the The Shrunken Head in Grand Rapids next summer, at 59 Commerce Ave. SW.

An outdoor garden could also accompany the restaurant, if the city approves it.

The restaurant should create 75 new jobs.

The 5,000-square-foot restaurant represents the group’s continued takeover of the corridor between Ionia Avenue SW and Commerce Avenue SW.

BarFly Ventures is the parent company to the HopCat chain, Grand Rapids Brewing Co., Stella’s Lounge and McFadden’s.

The bar group expects to invest $1.5 million into the new business.

"One crazy place"

The Shrunken Head, which will be next to Stella’s Lounge, will feature slow-smoked barbecue items, homemade sides, craft beer, wine and tiki-inspired cocktails.

“We’re going to have a lot of fun with this place,” said Mark Sellers, founder, BarFly Ventures. “I’m a barbecue fanatic and have also visited many tiki bars all over the United States and elsewhere. I think it will be fun to marry the two concepts into one crazy place. There will be a lot of original artwork, a retro look and some other fun surprises for people.”

Sellers added that the interior will be designed by “Bamboo Ben,” a tiki-bar designer in Huntington Beach, Calif., who has designed tiki bars in the U.S., including Todd Rundgren’s tiki bar in Hawaii. 

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