GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (GRBJ) - An “eclectic comfort food” restaurant with a rooftop deck is opening in town.

Co-owners Craig Jones, Zan Lamkin and Phil Rienstra will open The Friesian Gastro Pub in the Midtown neighborhood, at 720 Michigan St. NE, on April 17 at 1 p.m.

It is located in the long-vacant former Lord’s Chapel building just east of Duke’s Bar. The partners initiated a several-month exterior and interior renovation project to convert it to a food establishment.

The restaurant will have seating for 88 people inside, including a bar that will be in the center of the dining space, and a 20-person patio behind the building.

Construction is winding down on a 50-person rooftop deck, which is expected to be open by Memorial Day weekend.

Throughout the year, the business will feature live entertainment.

The gastropub is named after Friesians, which are a Dutch horse breed, in a nod to Lamkin and Rienstra’s Dutch heritage. The restaurant itself will not be Dutch-themed.

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