Taphouse names 'all-women' leadership team
A strong female presence will run a new beer-focused restaurant in Grand Rapids.
RedWater Restaurant Group said today that the group’s newest restaurant, Gravity, will be run by three women: General Manager Kristin Kent, Executive Chef Laurel Deruda and house Certified Cicerone and Beer Director Angela Steil.
The 64-tap Gravity opens to the public in mid November, near the East Beltline and I-196 interchange, at 3210 Deposit Dr. NE.
“I’m excited by this all-women team who have the energy, creativity, drive and enthusiasm to help make Gravity a memorable destination restaurant,” Craig Smith, chief operating officer, RedWater Restaurant Group. "This is an all-female team, because we wanted the best people for the job, and they happened to be the best people for the three top positions.”
Food service backgrounds
Kent worked at the restaurant group’s Reds on the River before being named the general manager at Gravity.
Deruda previously served as the executive chef at Honey Creek Inn and the Women’s City Club.
In July, Steil was named the nation’s youngest Certified Cicerone, beer’s version of a sommelier, at age 21.
The restaurant's 64 taps will include mostly Michigan beers, but also beers from around the country and world. Forty-four of the taps will be mainstay styles and 20 will rotate selections. There will also be eight to 10 tap takeovers by breweries from around the world.
“We will have one of the largest selections of craft beer on draught in the area, so we trust that we’ll be bringing new business into the community," Smith said.
Deruda will match the menu to the flavor profiles of beers with a variety of appetizers and full-entrée dinners.
“We want Gravity to be an experience that guests will remember and learn something from,” Kent said.
Kent added that Gravity's entire menu will offer food-and-beer-pairing suggestions to help enhance the flavors of its "all-made-from-scratch menu.”
The taphouse will seat 170 people indoors and feature a three-season patio with fireplaces that can house another 120 people.
“We are excited to bring Gravity to Grand Rapids,” Smith said. “We have researched this concept within other major metropolitan markets and for Grand Rapids, a craft beer taphouse like Gravity, we feel, is perfect.”