New Grand Rapids restaurant, Real Seafood Co., announces opening date

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Real Seafood Co., a contemporary seafood restaurant serving fresh fish and seafood from the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico and the waters of New England, is opening May 24 in downtown Grand Rapids.

The public opening comes one day after the restaurant’s grand opening dinner benefiting the Griffins Youth Foundation. The restaurant announced its grand opening Friday on Facebook.

“It’s a special space, and I think people are really excited to come see it and enjoy it,” said Kevin Gudejko, president and CEO of Mainstreet Ventures Restaurant Group, the company that owns Real Seafood Co. “We’ve been working on it a while, and we’re ready to go.”

In addition to Real Seafood Co., Mainstreet Ventures also owns The Chop House and Palio in Grand Rapids.

Real Seafood Co., which is expected to have seating for about 290 people, features shrimp, oysters, salmon, swordfish, perch, Chilean sea bass, yellowfin tuna and more.

It also specials such as seafood alfredo, which includes Atlantic salmon, shrimp, and scallops tossed in creamy Alfredo sauce. There’s also shrimp and scallop risotto, stuffed Atlantic salmon, and jambalaya, which includes “rock shrimp, swordfish, chorizo ​​sausage, and blackened chicken simmered with mushrooms and a spicy Creole sauce served over rice pilaf.”

Grand Rapids is Real Seafood Co.’s fifth restaurant, joining locations in Toledo, Bay City, Ann Arbor, and Naples, Florida.

Located at 141 Lyon St. NW, the restaurant is located in a newly renovated space built by CWD Real Estate at the Fifth Third Center. CWD demolished a granite wall on the north side of Lyon Street NW — between Ottawa and Monroe avenues — and added18,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

The project was part of CWD’s push to renovate the center, a complex that includes two office buildings and an underground parking garage at the south end of Vandenberg Center. A small convenience store, DGX Grand Rapids, has opened at the location as well.

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