RedWater Restaurant Group reopening all eight locations

RedWater restaurants feature indoor and outdoor seating areas that are spacious enough to accommodate patrons in this new era of social distancing. Courtesy RedWater Restaurant Group

A local company with eating establishments at several area country clubs is reopening its full portfolio of restaurants next week.

Following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s June 1 Executive Order 2020-110 allowing restaurants to reopen Monday, RedWater Restaurant Group said it is ready to reopen its eight properties in the Grand Rapids area and Holland with staff trained and prepared, safety procedures in place, and “lots” of available indoor and outdoor dining space.

RedWater COO Craig Smith said preparations to reopen have been underway since the executive order to close nonessential businesses began March 23.

“As soon as we received Gov. Whitmer’s newest announcement that in-person dining at Michigan restaurants would be permitted starting Monday, we brought back our staff to train them on all the new procedures we have developed in accordance with new state regulations for safe dining and operating within a safe work environment,” he said.

“Masks and gloves will be worn by staff and only items that are needed for dining will be on the table, single-use menus will be used and additional safety procedures will be in place, as well.”

Smith said RedWater is “fortunate” that its restaurants’ indoor and outdoor seating areas are spacious enough to accommodate patrons in this new era of social distancing.

RedWater Restaurant Group owns and operates six restaurants in the Grand Rapids area — Cork Wine & Grille, Vintage Prime & Seafood, FireRock Grille, Rush Creek Bistro, Reds at Thousand Oaks and Gravity Taphouse Grille — as well as Boatwerks and RedRock Grille in Holland.

Smith said RedWater laid off most of its restaurant staff and continued limited takeout operations after the shutdown order, but it is now rehiring as many employees as possible.

More information about RedWater’s new safety procedures and its menus can be found online.

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