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Restaurateur buys tavern
A local restaurateur has purchased a long-time tavern in the area.
Jeff Lobdell, president and founder of Grand Rapids-based Restaurant Partners, which operates 11 brands and 20 locations throughout West Michigan and the Traverse City area, announced last week the acquisition of Pete’s Grill & Tavern in Byron Center, at 2588 84th St. SW.
The business and property were purchased from Todd Zaccanelli, who owned and operated the establishment for 30 years and decided to retire.
The restaurant opened 69 years ago as Pete’s Place.
Jeff Lobdell said he plans to be a “caretaker” of Pete’s Grill & Tavern.
“Todd sought us out when he was retiring, because he knew we would keep the business running as he always had,” Lobdell said.
Lobdell does expect to take advantage of co-branding opportunities.
The sale also includes the 84th St. Market & Party Store that shares a parking lot with the restaurant.
Restaurant Partners operates a number of brands: Sundance Grill & Bar; Beltline Bar; The Omelette Shoppe; Grand Coney; Bagel Beanery; Red Geraniu; Rockwell Republic; and more.
Lobdell is a former chairman of the board for the Michigan Restaurant Association and recently received the MRA’s Distinguished Service Award.
He’s also a director with the National Restaurant Association.