Reds on the River welcomes new manager

Paul “Buzz” Goebel III has recently been hired as Reds on the River’s new manager. His hiring comes in on the heels of news that Reds’ assistant manager, Debbie Fennell, will be leaving to spend more time with her family.

Reds on the River’s new manager, Paul “Buzz” Goebel III (right), is thrilled to work with Executive Chef Glenn Forgie (left).

Executive Chef Glenn Forgie noted, “Debbie has been with us since we opened Reds in August 2006. Our staff and guests will miss her, but we are fortunate to have hired a top-notch, seasoned restaurant manager. Buzz Goebel was the former owner and manager of Woody’s in Northport, and he has also held management positions with Thousand Oaks, The B.O.B., and early in his career, Mountain Jacks.”

Goebel will oversee front-of-the-house operations, ensuring the service and facilities exceed guests’ expectations.

“I am thrilled to be working with Reds,” noted Goebel. “Chef Glenn and his staff create exceptional food, and their commitment to a true scratch kitchen, fresh fish flown in daily, aged hand-cut beef, and working with local, organic farmers is outstanding. Plus, Reds’ location and atmosphere are like no other in West Michigan. I am excited to help the restaurant grow and attract more guests to Rockford. It reminds me a lot of Vail, and the charm and town are a tremendous draw.”

Reds’ assistant manager, Debbie Fennel, leaves the restaurant to spend more time with family.

Goebel and his wife Lesley live in East Grand Rapids with their daughter. The Goebel family has been a familiar face on the West Michigan landscape. Goebel’s grandfather served as mayor of Grand Rapids, and his father founded The Goebel Group in downtown Grand Rapids.

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