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Downtown restaurant converts to French cuisine

April 20, 2018
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The menu at a downtown restaurant has changed.

AHC+Hospitality said yesterday it converted at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids to a “casual French bistro.”

The restaurant was previously a “global culinary destination” at the hotel.

“Our vision is to create a dining experience that is under-represented in West Michigan,” said Brian Behler, general manager, JW Marriott Grand Rapids

The change comes shortly after the hiring of Chef Alessandro Guerrazzi, who is classically trained in French cuisine.

Guerrazzi’s new menu features offerings that meld traditional French flavors and contemporary local favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast options include fresh-baked pastries and charcuterie and cheese boards.

Signature lunch and dinner dishes include tarte flambée, onion soup gratinée, filet mignon au poivre, coq au vin and pear clafoutis.

Other French-inspired touches include baguettes baked fresh daily, house-made pasta and rotisserie chicken on display in an open kitchen — as well as furnishings and tableware. A complete interior refresh is slated to be concluded before the end of 2020.

An expansive wine list features a variety of labels and vintages.

Dishes previously available at — such as the signature flatbreads, tuna roll and burger — have been rotated to menus at Mixology lounge and the jdek, the hotel’s waterfront patio and bar, and will be served at upon request.

The weekend brunch menu will remain unchanged.

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