Partners opening gastropub
Two longtime employees at a 42-year-old restaurant in Muskegon plan to open a gastropub on the lakeshore.
Josh and Katie Sandberg are former executive chef and house manager, respectively, of The Hearthstone Bistro in Muskegon. They plan to open The Paisley Pig Gastropub at 501 Miller Drive in Grand Haven this May.
The couple met at The Hearthstone and worked there in various roles for a combined total of 29 years, Josh Sandberg as chef and Katie Sandberg in management. Their last day at the restaurant was Sunday, April 2.
The Paisley Pig will be located in the former Sam’s Tacos space, a 3,700-square-foot building near the marina, which the pair began renovating in February.
Katie Sandberg said the new restaurant will have “a rustic, farmhouse feel with lots of reclaimed wood, wood tables and an open-concept kitchen.”
She said construction will take place in two phases. After phase one is finished in May, the restaurant will seat 80 patrons. They expect to complete phase two in September, bringing capacity up to 130 to 140 visitors.
According to The Paisley Pig’s Facebook page, the dine-in casual restaurant will serve American-style cuisine with a Southern influence for lunch and dinner.
Menu items will include smoked wings, ribs, soups, sandwiches, salads, burgers, shrimp and grits, duck and waffles.
The Paisley Pig also will offer a kids’ menu, takeout and outdoor seating, and will accept reservations and walk-ins.
“We don’t want it to feel stuffy like you’re not welcome to come in wearing shorts and tank tops right off the beach,” Katie Sandberg said.
With a liquor license request pending, the Sandbergs plan to open with a beer and wine menu and add spirits after building the bar in phase two.
“When the bar opens, we will offer full-service, beer, wine and liquor,” she said. “(We will offer) wines from everywhere and mostly Michigan beer.
“We’re going to try to do as (many) Michigan products on our menu as possible. Each menu item will have at least one Michigan ingredient. We want to support other small businesses.”
The Sandbergs plan to hire 30 to 40 employees. Josh Sandberg will be the executive chef and Katie Sandberg will be the front-of-house manager and operating owner.
“We want the environment to be fun and low-key for staff and guests,” she said.
The restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Katie Sandberg said they are considering remaining open on Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day and closing Sundays during the off-season.