Bagger Dave’s to open on East Beltline after closing in Grandville, Holland
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — While two local Bagger Dave’s restaurants recently closed their doors, a new location is set to open on Monday, Oct. 19, in the burgeoning Knapp’s Crossing development at Knapp Street and East Beltline Avenue NE.
The new Bagger Dave’s, at 2190 E. Beltline Ave. NE, is one of two new Michigan locations for the restaurant chain. The other location opened in September in Chesterfield near Detroit. It will bring the number of Bagger Dave’s restaurants in Michigan to 17. There are also restaurants in Indiana and Ohio.
The first 50 guests to enter the new full-service restaurant from Southfield-based Diversified Restaurant Holdings will receive a gift certificate booklet offering free burgers for a year. Doors will open at 11 a.m.
Bagger Dave’s is one of five new restaurants opening in the Knapp’s Crossing development, which already houses a P.F. Chang’s and D&W Fresh Market. Bravo Cucina Italiana, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Pieology, and Potbelly Sandwich Works are confirmed.
Bagger Dave’s locations in Holland and Grandville were closed because they were "underperforming," according to the company’s Field Marketing Manager Eddie Bard. Bard said the restaurant chain’s two remaining Grand Rapids-area local locations, 2817 Kraft Ave. SE in Cascade Township, and 241 W. Fulton St. downtown, have been thriving.
"We saw an opportunity as no other restaurant in the (Knapp’s Crossing) area was focusing on burgers," Bard said. "The location is a perfect connector to the community of Rockford. We found many of that city’s residents were traveling to our other locations and felt this served them better."
As the company has grown, it has gathered the resources to acquire better real estate, Bard said, indicating the East Beltline is more desirable than Grandville or Holland, where Bagger Dave’s opened in the "earlier stages" of its expansion.
The Grandville and Holland locations opened in May and October of 2012, respectively.
The newest Bagger Dave’s will seat 163 patrons in the 4,400-square-foot property and will employ around 100. Bard said the restaurant will appeal to all ages with a family friendly menu. There will be a full bar, which will offer 10 Michigan craft beers on tap, including Shorts, Mountain Town, Vander Mill, Bell’s, Latitude 42 Degrees, New Holland beers. Pints are $5-$6.50. A weekly special will offer craft beer and wine for half off on Thursdays and seven signature cocktails will be offered.
The ambiance of the restaurant will include historical Grand Rapids photos and photos featuring local landmarks.
The menu will offer fresh, never frozen beef hamburgers and hand cut fries among its entrees that also include macaroni and cheese, sandwiches, soups and salads, and desserts including ice cream floats.
Open daily for lunch and dinner, the restaurant hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
Details at baggerdaves.com.