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New restaurant coming to downtown Grand Rapids

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- FOX 17 talked to  local chef, Chris Perkey, about the new restaurant coming to downtown Grand Rapids. It's called Iron, and it's located on the first floor of the  building at 25 Ottawa Avenue NW.

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  • Wanda V.

    Yawn….more of the same.

    Looking at restaurants in downtown GR is like looking at the shampoo at WalMart. Hundreds of different bottles, in every color of the rainbow, with any price point you care to choose, all with the exact same thing inside: shampoo.

    The menus don’t vary a lot, the furniture and decor doesn’t vary a lot, the atmosphere doesn’t vary a lot, and the clientele doesn’t even vary a lot. Where is the variety in the dining experience? Where is the “big city” I am hearing so much about when it comes time for an upscale dinner? Where are the places to have dinner and dance to live music afterwords? Where are the non-European restaurants that do sit-down dinners? Is there even a soul food restaurant downtown? A major authentic Mexican food restaurant?

    Signage and fixtures which are different from everyone else, different spice blends and cooking methods, and innovative marketing are not things which qualify as dining variety. That is just repackaging shampoo into a different kind of bottle.

    Yay…another new restaurant downtown. Just like all the others.

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