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Downtown barbecue restaurant closes doors

July 24, 2017
| By Pat Evans |
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Horseshoe Smokehouse exterior
Horseshoe Smokehouse in downtown Grand Rapids opened in May 2015. Photo via

Another Grand Rapids restaurant has shuttered its doors.

Horseshoe Smokehouse, at 333 Grandville Ave. SW, closed this weekend, according to a Facebook post the restaurant shared last week.

The restaurant served up a variety of pork, beef and chicken barbecue items.

“We want to thank everyone for their support and business. We are sad to say we are closing the doors,” the post says.

It adds in a comment that it's "done for business, besides our booked events." 

The restaurant opened during the Memorial Day holiday in 2015, according to a previous Business Journal report.

The name of the restaurant was a tribute to The Horseshoe Bar, “the epicenter for jazz and blues music in Grand Rapids,” which was in the same location until the 1970s. The building was built in 1891 and operated as a boarding house until after World War II, when it became the Lamar Hotel.

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