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Essence Restaurant Group permanently closes Rockford Riverside Grille for restaurant and bar service to focus on urban Grand Rapids concepts

(ROCKFORD, MI) – Monday, September 17, 2018

After several months of operation as Rockford Riverside Grille in downtown Rockford, Essence Restaurant Group, owners of Bistro Bella Vita, The Green Well and Grove, have decided to permanently close Rockford Riverside Grille to the public for regular restaurant and bar service, effective immediately. Any gift cards purchased at Rockford Riverside Grille are still redeemable at Bistro Bella Vita, The Green Well and Grove in Grand Rapids.

Instead of standing as a full-service restaurant and bar, Essence Restaurant Group will transition the space for private banquets and events only and will be renamed as Rockford Riverside Grille Banquets & Events. The space will be open to host private banquets and events beginning Monday, October 1.

Although the Rockford Riverside Grille brand was well-received after its rebrand in April, Essence leaders ultimately decided it was important to focus more of their efforts on their urban Grand Rapids concepts.

“We’ve worked hard over the last several months to understand the Rockford market, and we appreciate all the guests who have joined us while we were up there,” said James Berg, Essence Restaurant Group managing partner. “Moving forward, we will be able to focus more of our resources on our other three locations in Grand Rapids to continue providing extraordinary dining experiences for all our guests.”

As a private banquet and event facility, Rockford Riverside Grille Banquets & Events will serve the Rockford community and beyond as a unique riverfront venue near downtown Rockford.

“Our location overlooking the Rogue River will provide both indoor and outdoor space for folks planning events of all occasions and party sizes,” said Lauren Jaenicke, Essence Restaurant Group marketing director. “We envision Rockford Riverside Grille Banquets & Events accommodating occasions like business luncheons, weddings, showers, and holiday parties,” Jaenicke added.

Those interested in booking an event at Rockford Riverside Grille Banquets & Events can contact Lauren Jaenicke at 616-222-4600 ext. 1110.

Essence Restaurant Group creates extraordinary dining experiences with their family of concept restaurants known for exceptional service, knowledgeable associates, creative cuisine, and superior beverage. Through servant leadership, a creative-driven culture, and local, sustainable, and environmental business philosophies, Essence Restaurants aims to be West Michigan’s most respected restaurant destination.

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