Downtown nightspot to become new restaurant

Posted at 11:50 AM, Nov 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-16 11:50:11-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  A popular downtown nightspot will be closing this  winter and coming back as a new restaurant.

McFadden’s, at 58 Ionia SW, will close on January 30, 2016 and reopen as The Waldron Public House sometime in February. McFadden’s just celebrated its 10th anniversary last week.

BarFly Ventures owns McFadden’s and the new venture.  The company says that all employees of McFadden’s are being retained and are being retrained for the new concept restaurant, pub and nightclub.  The company says The Waldron will feature a menu of “homeade cuisine inspired by diverse cultures of the British Commonwealth, an extensive cocktail menu, European and American craft beers, a late-night dance floor and first-class private event space on its second and third floors.”

No private events are affected by the change. Irish on Ionia will take place as scheduled on March 19.

The Waldron is the name of the original building that holds the restaurant and bar. It was built in 1894 by Lewis Waldron.