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Owners sell restaurant to group
A local restaurant group has acquired an eatery known for its from-scratch breakfast and lunch foods.
Grand Rapids-based Restaurant Partners said yesterday it acquired Noble Restaurant in Wyoming, at 1851 44th St. SW, from former owners Andrew Lamppa and Kerin Lamppa.
The transaction closed Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Jeff Lobdell — founder, owner and president of Restaurant Partners — said the acquisition adds a needed health-focused brand to his company’s portfolio.
“This is a great marriage of some well-established local brands,” Lobdell said.
“We feel many of our current concepts will benefit from some of Noble Restaurant’s dietary concerns, product lines and philosophies, while we feel confident that we can bring the Noble brand some administrative efficiencies and marketing expertise.”
Restaurant Partners has made job offers to all existing employees, including the chefs, and is hoping to retain everyone, said Randy Bryant, director of marketing and communications.
The company does not plan to make any changes to the menu, décor or building.
Founded in 2004, Noble Restaurant makes from-scratch products intended to be inclusive of all dietary needs, including gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian offerings free of artificial colors and flavors, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial nitrates.
It serves griddle foods, such as pancakes and waffles, along with omelets, breakfast bowls, biscuits and gravy, breakfast pizza, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, salads and more.
Noble Restaurant currently has 34 employees.
Founded in 1995, Restaurant Partners has a portfolio of 11 brands with 20 locations throughout West Michigan and the greater Traverse City area.
Restaurant Partners operates a variety of brands: Beltline Bar, Rockwell Republic, Boone’s Prime Time Pub, Sundance Grill & Bar, Grand Coney Diner, The Omelette Shoppe, The Red Geranium, Pete’s Grill & Tavern, Flap Jack Shack, Bagel Beanery and Noble Restaurant.
The company employs more than 750 people.