Red’s on the River General Manager Kristin Kent spoke to about 70 attendees of the Rockford Chamber After Hours on Monday, July 15 about the changes at the restaurant following its purchase by Watermark Properties.
“This really couldn’t have come at a better time,” she stated. “Recently Red’s has undergone some pretty big changes. In March, Watermark Properties acquired Red’s and formed RedWater Restaurant Group.”
Kent said the other restaurants, Rush Creek Bistro, Fire Rock Grill and Watermark Grill, all located in the greater Grand Rapids area, each offer unique food and amazing atmospheres. “RedWater enables us to market to the area where these restaurants are open to the public, even though the country clubs are private.”
She said Red’s will continue to be known for fresh produce and farm-to-table dinners. She said Executive Chef Glenn Forgie will be out at the farm in 110-degree weather the following day examining produce for the restaurant. The restaurant will continue to operate as a from “scratch” eatery.
Changes have been made to the Red’s lunch and dinner menus that Kent said have been well received by diners. Additional fresh seafood choices have been added and the lunch menu has been re-worked to include combos, allowing diners more choices of sandwich, half-sandwich and soup or salad combinations.
Kent also emphasized the restaurant’s private dining room—the Riverside Room—with seating for parties of up to 36. The room has a private entrance, private restroom and is ideal for business meetings or training as well as special occasion dining.
“Our patio is definitely the best place to be in the summer,” she said. “We have made it even better with offering great Happy Hour specials from 4 to 6 p.m., live music and happy hour from 4 p.m. to close on Wednesdays and late night happy hour on Saturday from 4 p.m. to close.
Finally, Kent said feedback told the new management that people perceive Red’s as a special occasion-only sort of restaurant where diners need to dress up. “We still want Red’s to be considered a special occasion restaurant, but it is also a place to come and relax and wind down.” CarStar’s Dan Williams was pleased to demonstrate the casual wear Kent invited to Red’s. “Come on in, in sandals, flip flops, in your jeans.”
Chamber members in attendance included Executive Director Jeanne Gregory, long-time volunteers Polly VonEschen and Rosemary Jeruzal and many others. The next chamber events are a series of Chamber University classes where members and future members can learn valuable life and business skills.