Chef closes long-time restaurant for re-launch


A rendering of the Brandywine restaurant site after being renovated for a new "diner-like" concept. Courtesy Brandywine

A long-time Grand Rapids restaurant has closed and will be re-launched with a new concept.

Brandywine, which was located in the city’s Eastown neighborhood, at 1345 Lake Dr. SE, closed last week for a renovation and "re-brand," which are expected to be completed by December.

The staff of Brandywine will be retained.

Chef Eric Chaitin purchased the restaurant earlier this year and was enamored by the restaurant’s history, but he wants to refresh it for the present. He said the plans are to update the space, give it a new name and cook up a new menu.

“Our team is excited to further develop and expand its reputation…while honoring the history, tradition and character of Brandywine and the Eastown neighborhood,” Chaitin said.

New concept

The new Brandywine concept hasn’t been named, but it will follow a “diner-like” theme.

The menu will feature breakfast items all day, as well as sandwiches, pies, french fries and root beer floats.

Chaitin said the new concept will also include a full bar.


Chaitin also owns Ottawa Beach Inn and Ottawa Beach Pizza Co. in Holland and Mermaid Bar & Grill in Saugatuck.

Chaitin began his cooking career at a summer home for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, before moving to the Hotel Intercontinental and Ritz Carlton in Chicago.

He was hired as the executive chef at Rose's in East Grand Rapids in 2000, before spending nearly 10 years at Watermark Properties.

He has purchased his restaurants over the past three years.

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