Wagswoofs – Rocky’s Bar and Grill, a long-standing hotspot on the West Side of Grand Rapids known for showcasing emerging musical talents, has permanently closed its doors. The beloved establishment bid farewell on Tuesday, marking the end of an era.
What exactly took place?
Rocky’s Bar and Grill, located at 633 Ottawa, NW in the Monroe North neighborhood, has recently undergone redevelopment. The property was purchased by Corewell Health, who plans to utilize it for their office park development. This information was reported by Crain’s Grand Rapids.
Corewell Health has been acquiring properties in the old neighborhood for the purpose of consolidating their office headquarters, leading to significant redevelopment in the area.
Rocky’s Bar and Grill recently closed its doors. The owner, Frank Lehnen, who is also the owner of Monarch’s Club Corner Bar and co-owner of Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill, located on Butterworth, SW., has not responded to requests for comment regarding the sale.
Lehnen may have actually made quite a profit, as Corewell Health paid a higher price for certain properties in the area. According to property records, Lehnen bought the building for $130,000 back in 2001, around the same time he opened Rocky’s Bar and Grill.
Rocky’s, according to property records, is a timeless structure that has stood since its construction in 1930.
The neighborhood bar was a popular spot for both local and touring bands as well as DJs. Patrons could enjoy two levels and a deck at this venue.
No official statements have been made regarding the closure of the bar at this time. However, a local band recently took to Facebook to inform their fans that their scheduled show on December 30 had been canceled due to the venue’s permanent closure.