Gastropub replacing long-time lakeshore restaurant
A gastropub is replacing a 25-year-old restaurant at the lakeshore.
Andy Westerlund, his father, Ed Westerlund, and his uncle, Jeff Westerlund, co-owners of Macatawa Ale Company founded in 2015, in January purchased the 8th Street Grille in Holland, at 20 W. Eighth St., from former owners Jim Diesing and Sharon Diesing and began plans to convert it into a gastropub.
The restaurant will close this Saturday and re-open on Oct. 12 as Waverly Stone Gastropub.
The closure will allow for renovations to the building and training of current staff.
“We feel very blessed to be on Eighth Street and to be able to do something that most people wait their whole lives to do,” Andy Westerlund said. “We get to open this restaurant in the city we live in and the city we love, and we are able to bring something new to downtown.”
The owners said Waverly Stone Gastropub will bring a “globally inspired menu and signature beverages” to downtown Holland.
The pub will have 28 beer taps, a wine list and cocktails selected to pair with the food.
It will feature an all-new menu “influenced by pub fare and street food from around the world,” prepared by Ed Westerlund, head chef, who attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York.
“Our head chef has over 40 years of experience and continues to be influenced by restaurants in cities like New York City and Chicago,” Andy Westerlund said. “We’re going to bring some of those flavors to Holland.”
Following renovations, the gastropub will host a series of pre-opening events, starting with a VIP night on Oct. 9. The soft opening will be on Oct. 11, and the grand opening is set for Oct. 12.
The gastropub’s hours will be from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-midnight Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.
8th Street Grille
Known for its comfort food and old-fashioned milkshakes, 8th Street Grille was founded in 1991 by Jim Diesing and Sharon Diesing and Richard Den Uyl. Following Den Uyl’s retirement, Michael Fitzharris joined as managing partner in 1996.
In August 2017, the Holland City Council approved the restaurant’s sale to Macatawa Ale Company, which officially took over the restaurant on Jan. 29 and began planning for Waverly Stone Gastropub.