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Owner sells lakefront restaurant

August 9, 2018
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Boatwerks
Boatwerks restaurant in Holland sits on the edge of Lake Macatawa. Courtesy Boatwerks

The founder and owner of a lakefront restaurant in the region is selling it to a local restaurant group.

Grand Rapids-based RedWater Restaurant Group said today it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant on Lake Macatawa in Holland, at 216 Van Raalte Ave.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are honored the founder and 12-year owner of Boatwerks, Joe Walsh, has selected RedWater Restaurant Group to take over ownership of one of the finest waterfront restaurants in Michigan,” said Craig Smith, COO, RedWater Restaurant Group.

“Joe has created and built a quality restaurant, one that we look forward to preserving. Boatwerks is not only a wonderful waterfront location for dining, it is also a perfect venue for events.”

RedWater Restaurant Group has event spaces for large and small business meetings, private events and wedding receptions at all six of its current locations.

Walsh said he was looking for a “top-notch buyer” to maintain the restaurant’s excellence.

“I am very happy to have selected RedWater Restaurant Group, a reputable, well-known and well-managed company, as the new owners of Boatwerks,” Walsh said. “I’m confident that RedWater Restaurant Group will do a quality job in both operating Boatwerks and working with members of the Holland community.”

Smith said RedWater plans to retain the restaurant’s staff members.

Boatwerks

Established in 2006, Boatwerks serves "new American" cuisine and homemade desserts.

Boatwerks features several elements: an outdoor patio and lounge area; an indoor lounge and dining area; a banquet and catering building; and a 5,600-square-foot event center with banquet and conference space for up to 300 guests.

Redwater Restaurant Group

Boatwerks will join RedWater Restaurant Group’s six other restaurants in the Grand Rapids area: Cork Wine & Grille; Vintage Prime & Seafood; FireRock Grille; Rush Creek Bistro; Gravity Taphouse Grille; and Reds at Thousand Oaks.

The group was formed in 2013.

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