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Barbecue restaurant opens downtown

May 26, 2015
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Barbecue restaurant opens downtown
Horseshoe Smokehouse is a barbecue restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids on Grandville Avenue SW at Wealthy Street SW. Photo via

There may be no better time to open a new barbecue restaurant than Memorial Day weekend.

And that’s exactly why Horseshoe Smokehouse in downtown Grand Rapids held its grand opening last Friday, at 333 Grandville Ave. SW, down the street from Founders Brewing Co. and across the street from the Grand Rapids Ballet.

The restaurant seats about 70 and has about 10 employees.

The barbecue joint’s menu features dry rubbed and apple wood-smoked pork and beef, as well as chicken wing baskets and sandwiches.

The restaurant was well received by customers over its opening weekend, said Evan Koetje, general manager, Horseshoe Smokehouse.

Koetje said what really sets Horseshoe Smokehouse apart from the growing number of barbecue restaurants in Grand Rapids is its sides: dishes like crispy Brussels sprouts, buttermilk fried okra, sweet and spicy slaw and jalapeno, garlic and grilled corn cheese grits.

The “Horseshoe” in the restaurant’s name is a tribute to the original Horseshoe bar that occupied the space until the late 1970s and was known as one of the city’s most popular jazz locations, Koetje said.

Horseshoe Smokehouse is located in the ground floor of a three story, 9,000-square-foot building, which LVD Stople LLC purchased from the Grand Rapids Ballet in 2013 for $525,000, according to city records. 

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