‘Upscale’ steakhouse moving into former pub


A Bowdies bar. Photo via fb.com

A West Michigan-based steakhouse chain is planning to open its third location in a suburb of Grand Rapids.

Bowdie’s Chophouse is planning to open a restaurant inside the former Derby Station pub in East Grand Rapids’ Gaslight Village, at 2237 Wealthy St. SE, according to the building’s landlord, CWD Real Estate Investment.

The location is expected to open in late fall.

Bowdie’s original location is in Saugatuck, at 230 Culver St., and it also has a location in Lansing, at 320 E. Michigan Ave.

Tyler Bowdish, president of Bowdie’s, said opening an East Grand Rapids location seemed like the natural next step for the chain.

“Bowdie’s Chophouse is thrilled to be joining the Gaslight Village and East Grand Rapids community,” he said.

“We feel Bowdie’s perfectly matches the boutique, small-town feel that Gaslight Village is already known for and are beyond excited to bring our talented staff, attentive service, exquisite cuts and handcrafted cocktails all together to provide a one-of-a-kind experience.”

Bowdie’s brands itself as having an “upscale” dining atmosphere and serves various items: starters; soups and salads; shareables; entrees, including chicken, salmon and steak; and wine and cocktails.

In addition to the main dining room, the Gaslight Village location will have a private dining section for large groups and events, complete with a pre-set menu and personalized service.

The location’s former occupant, Derby Station, opened in 2008 and served beer and American-style pub food. Its owners, Larry Zeiser and Brian Giampapa, closed the eatery in July, citing a desire to “move on and let others take part in this vibrant community.”

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