Wine bar and bistro pours first glass


The wine wall at Smash Wine Bar & Bistro in downtown Muskegon features more than 400 bottles. Photo via

A new wine bar and bistro is pairing a 70-bottle wine list with a theater rich in history.

Smash Wine Bar & Bistro, described as “upscale, yet casual,” opened this week in the newly renovated lower level of the Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon.

Smash is owned by the Community Foundation of Muskegon County.

Local menu

The establishment seats about 100 customers and stocks a wide range of Michigan and international wines, offering more than 25-glass pours and a wine list presented to guests on an iPad.

The bar features Michigan-brewed beers, local brews and a full menu of cocktails.

The bistro menu features a small-plate menu of locally sourced “farm-to-table” food, including soups, salads, sandwiches and flatbread pizzas, with prices from $7-$15.

Smash will be open for theater events and also host special events.


Smash hopes its version of upscale casual food draws both foodies in the region, as well as patrons of the theater, said Smash general manager, Dave Biesiada.

The project has had a wide appeal, Biesiada said, and sparked a creative interest in the community.

“We’re trying to cast a wide net, but be innovative and a little outside-the-box with the concept,” Biesiada said. “I think our goal with the wine bar and our eclectic wine list is to turn people on to new things and encourage people to try wines they would have been afraid to.”

Biesiada added that Smash adds to “the synergy being created by other new developments” in downtown Muskegon.

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