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A neighborhood burger and hot dog joint is closing to make way for a new eatery by the same creative team.
Owner Bob Graham is closing the 9-year-old Jonny B’z in Grand Rapids' Wealthy Street neighborhood, at 701 Wealthy St. SE, on Sept. 30, according to Paul Lee, co-owner of All-In Hospitality Group.
All-In partnered with Graham and the team at Jonny B’z last December to take over management and make changes to the restaurant.
As the partners gradually began renovating the space and listening to feedback from patrons, Lee said they realized it was time to try something new in that spot.
“Rather than fight the uphill battle … it just made sense to close it and come up with a new concept,” Lee said.
The new restaurant will be called Royals, in a nod to the nearby streets intersecting Wealthy that are named after kings — James, Henry and Charles.
Royals will be “family friendly” and “a modern take on a diner,” Lee said.
It will serve some of the items Jonny B’z has been known for, including hot dogs, burgers, fries, corned beef and brisket sandwiches, vegetarian and vegan options — plus it will add breakfast all day, with pancakes, waffles, omelets and hashes, and more vegetables and alternative meats.
Royals will retain the liquor license and offer a full bar with beer, wine and spirits.
Lee said plans are still underway to convert the parking lot into a patio with seating, live entertainment and games, as the Business Journal reported in May.
Royals is expected to be open from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. most days.