Group plans taphouse on East Beltline


A rendering of the taphouse by RedWater Restaurant Group planned for northeast Grand Rapids. Courtesy RedWater Restaurant Group 

A restaurant group has bought a high-profile restaurant and is planning to convert it into a taphouse with 64 beers.

The owners of Malarky's in Grand Rapids are retiring and have sold the now-closed restaurant to RedWater Restaurant Group.

“We would like to thank you all for your loyalty to Malarky's,” the restaurant says.

RedWater Restaurant Group said today that it will fully renovate the space, at the corner of I-96 and East Beltline, at 3210 Deposit Drive NE.

The unnamed restaurant is scheduled to open in September, said Craig Smith, chief operating officer, RedWater Restaurant Group.


The taphouse will serve a wide selection of craft beers from Michigan and around the world, as well as liquor, wine and cider.

The restaurant will also have an open kitchen with an “eclectic” menu featuring flat breads, shared plates, seafood, steaks, pasta and “creative, upscale bar food.”


The restaurant will seat about 80 customers and feature an “industrial modern design,” with steel and wood construction, concrete floors and a 20-foot-high ceiling.

There will also be a three-season room opening out to a courtyard patio for extra seating and entertainment. This space will feature a large fireplace, fire pits and spots for live entertainment and music.

Beer market

“We have researched this concept within other major metropolitan markets, and for Grand Rapids, a tap house like the one we are building is perfect,” Smith said. “We are Beer City, U.S.A., and we want to help add to the allure of this great distinction by capturing the attention of visitors coming to visit Grand Rapids, as well as serving our beer-loving community in style.”

The group

The taphouse restaurant will become part of RedWater’s group of restaurants: FireRock Grille, Reds on the River and Rush Creek Bistro and Cork, which opened this spring. RedWater also plans to open Vintange, a steak and seafood restaurant, in July. 

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