American bistro opens doors


Brighton Graye's Bistro is located in northeast Grand Rapids' Creston neighborhood. Photo via

A bistro serving “modern American cuisine” has opened in town.

L&B Portfolio recently opened Brighton Graye’s Bistro in Grand Rapids’ Creston neighborhood, at 1747 Plainfield Ave. NE, in the same building as its Little Lucy’s Café, which also opened recently.

L&B Portfolio also owns Graydon’s Crossing, Logan’s Alley and Derby Station.

Brighton Graye’s features large and small plates with locally grown ingredients.

Menu prices range from $9-$32.

The Business Journal wrote about Little Lucy’s Cafe last month.

Bistro and café

Brighton Graye’s Bistro and Little Lucy’s Café are in the former D’Amico Food Mart on Plainfield Avenue, near Kent Country Club and City High School.

The restaurant company signed a lease with the building's owner, the VanderKooy family, in 2015.

The two dining concepts share the same building, but they're separated by a wall and each has their own entrance, hours, staff and kitchen.

“We wanted to provide the best experience for our customers, so we realized that having separate kitchens and staff wouldn’t compromise the food or service that a customer would expect from each establishment,” said Larry Zeiser, partner, L&B Portfolio.

Zeiser and L&B Portfolio Partner Brian Giampapa both live in the Creston area with their families.

“We are hopeful that our neighbors take to this concept of having a healthy and eclectic breakfast and bakery and urban dining restaurant within walking distance,” Zeiser said. “These concepts bring an urban feel to our beloved neighborhood setting, without the hustle, bustle and crowds of downtown.”

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