Downtown nightspot to become new restaurant

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  A popular downtown nightspot will be closing this  winter and coming back as a new restaurant.

McFadden’s, at 58 Ionia SW, will close on January 30, 2016 and reopen as The Waldron Public House sometime in February. McFadden’s just celebrated its 10th anniversary last week.

BarFly Ventures owns McFadden’s and the new venture.  The company says that all employees of McFadden’s are being retained and are being retrained for the new concept restaurant, pub and nightclub.  The company says The Waldron will feature a menu of “homeade cuisine inspired by diverse cultures of the British Commonwealth, an extensive cocktail menu, European and American craft beers, a late-night dance floor and first-class private event space on its second and third floors.”

No private events are affected by the change. Irish on Ionia will take place as scheduled on March 19.

The Waldron is the name of the original building that holds the restaurant and bar. It was built in 1894 by Lewis Waldron.

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3 comments

  • Michael Ferris

    Old restaurant becomes new restaurant. Same owners, same staff, just new paint and new garnishes on the plate. That won’t change the clientele, it won’t change the bottom line, it won’t change anything. Kind of makes one wonder why they bother, as these identity changes are not exactly cheap.

    Oh wait…there is one other thing that changes…tax entities. Yes, well the picture here is becoming very clear now. BarFly owns HopCat, so let’s assume they are “financially over-extended” on the expansion. McFaddens is a drag on the old cash flow situation, so they scrap it and start over with something that has a fresh slate in order to keep a step ahead of the tax man. Makes sense. There would almost certainly be plans for doing the same thing with Stella’s next year, which would buy more time, but if that doesn’t turn out to be enough time for HopCat’s expansion to pan out then watch for GRBC to go back up for sale in 2017.