located on Michigan Street
Here is our story!
After sitting vacant for a few years, we renovated the former “Lord’s Chapel” building just down the hill from Michigan Street’s Medical Mile corridor into The Friesian Gastro Pub. In addition to having a full bar, we serve up comfort food with an eclectic twist.
The Friesian accommodates seating for over 80 people inside (including our unique centrally-located bar), seating for 20+ people on our covered lower patio (heated and enclosed in the colder months), and when the weather warms up we open up our 50-person rooftop deck – a first for Michigan Street!
The Friesian is co-owned and operated by local restaurant industry veteran Craig Jones, along with co-owners Zan Lamkin and Phil Rienstra. All three owners live in Grand Rapids and are excited to bring a gastro pub with a fun atmosphere and great menu to the Midtown Neighborhood.
We intend to change the menu regularly with some globally-inspired selections, but not stray too far from what you’d expect in a neighborhood gastro pub. So you’ll have to keep coming back to see what’s new.
About the name...
Friesian is a horse breed originating from the Friesland province of the Netherlands. The gastro pub’s name is a nod to Grand Rapids’ rich Dutch heritage, as well as to Zan and Phil’s Friesian roots. While we may have a few Dutch-inspired items on the menu, we are not an exclusively Dutch-themed environment.