Partners revamping urban bar


Drake's Pub is located on Division Avenue S in Wyoming. Photo via

A local real estate firm is re-naming one of its bar properties, remodeling it and changing the menu.

Grand Rapids-based Third Coast Development said today it is transforming one of the establishments it bought from the Farah family in August, after son Michael Farah and father Brian Farah were sentenced to prison for defrauding the IRS.

Drake’s Pub in Wyoming, at 3766 Division Ave. S, will soon become a second Garage Bar & Grill establishment, with the Garage Bar name, menu and a completely renovated interior, including the kitchen.

Third Coast partners Brad Rosely, David Levitt and Max Benedict co-own Drake’s Pub in partnership with Kevin Farhat, who is also co-owner and operator of the original Garage Bar & Grill location in downtown Grand Rapids, at 819 Ottawa Ave. NW.

“As we mentioned last year, when we acquired the property, we want to blend our brand into the characteristic of this neighborhood, and we feel the Garage Bar concept and its exceptional menu will accomplish that goal — especially with the automotive manufacturing history of this area,” Farhat said.

Farhat will serve as operating partner of the revamped location, along Garage Bar & Grill executive chef Shaen Abbott.

“Don’t let the ‘bar’ name fool you,” Abbott said. “Garage Bar & Grill has won several awards for its menu, so we are excited to bring new, fresh items at a fair price to Godwin Heights.  No frozen food here, just fresh ingredients that arrive daily from our local suppliers.”

Starting March 6, Drake’s Pub will be closed for remodeling for two weeks. Farhat said the interior will be re-decorated to resemble the downtown location’s design and a completely new kitchen will be constructed.

Third Coast’s Rosely said he’s “excited” about bringing the Garage Bar brand to the Godwin Heights neighborhood.

“Kevin always says that he knows how to ‘run a good party’, so we’re excited to bring that Garage Bar energy to this location,” Rosely said. “But he also knows how to run a great establishment, so we’re eager to enhance the bar and grill offerings to the Godwin Heights area.”

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